Week 8, Friday, August 16th

We have made it to the last day of CAM Create Camps!

It has been so much fun seeing your smiling face each day- and we can’t wait to see you again next summer!

 


Daily Snapshots of Life @ CAM Create Camps

 


 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) learned about Pointillism today! They read the book “Yayoi Kusama, From Here to Infinity” to learn about the artist and her work. In the studio, the minis created pointillism bookmarks with repetitive dots. They went on a nature walk to look at the fountains and collect objects for their suncatchers! We’ve had so much fun this summer with the mini makers. We hope to see you again next summer!

 

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Questions for your artist:

What book did you read for inspiration today?

 

Share with you grown-up:

Describe the characteristics of Pointillism. Describe your experience at camp this week.

Continue the creativity:

Go home today and continue the creative journey you started at CAM Create Camps! Sketch, build, mold, color, design, weave, sew, mark-make. The creative world is YOURS!

 


 

Design (Grades 1-2) artists created wild projects today in the studio! They designed noise-makers, and sculptures using embellishments such as beads, sequins, buttons, etc. In the afternoon, they created wearables with beads, and noodles- a classic camp activity! These wacky creations made for lots of energy + enthusiasm for the first and second graders. We have had a wonderful week, with many new and friendly faces. We hope to see you back at CAM Create Camps next summer for more artistic fun!

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Questions for your artist:

What is your one take away from Design Camp? What is one bit of new information you learned?

Share with your grown up:

Describe your experience at camp this week. What is your favorite memory? What is your favorite project?

 

Continue the creativity:

Go home today and continue the creative journey you started at CAM Create Camps! Sketch, build, mold, color, design, weave, sew, mark-make. The creative world is YOURS!

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) artists finished everything up today- tied up loose ends and prepared to take all their artwork home today! They finished creating and decorating their boxes for carrying all the ceramic pieces, and spent the afternoon ending the competition between groups! The “clay relay” was the highlight of the day- a relay to make the tallest coil pot the fastest! Ask your camper about which group won the competition!

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Questions for your artist:

What is your one take away from Clay Camp? What is one bit of new information you learned?

Share with your grown up:

Describe your experience at camp this week. What is your favorite memory? What is your favorite project?

 

Continue the creativity:

Go home today and continue the creative journey you started at CAM Create Camps! Sketch, build, mold, color, design, weave, sew, mark-make. The creative world is YOURS!

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): makers tied, knotted, and twisted in the morning, creating friendship bracelets for a pal they love. The color schemes were specifically chosen- and they really represented each camper well! In the afternoon, campers had time to finish up anything that needed completing- some expanded on a technique that they really enjoyed. We hope to see you again next year for Create Camps 6th-8th grade!

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Questions for your artist:

What is your one take away from Fiber + Textile Camp? What is one bit of new information you learned?

Share with your grown up:

Describe your experience at camp this week. What is your favorite memory? What is your favorite project?

Continue the creativity:

Go home today and continue the creative journey you started at CAM Create Camps! Sketch, build, mold, color, design, weave, sew, mark-make. The creative world is YOURS!

 

 

Week 8, Thursday August 15th

This Cloudy Thursday Didn’t Stop the Creativity, Museum- Looking, and Fun!


Daily Snapshots of Life @ CAM Create Camps


 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) explored Claes Oldenburg’s work, “Clothespin- Four Foot Version” in the vault today. They talked about everyday objects that are integrated into artwork. Directly inspired by the trip to the vault, the mini makers created paintings with clothespin holding a cotton ball. What a fun way to re-imagine the paintbrush!  Shapes were the focus of their after snack project. They read a book to understand the theme, and went right to work to create clothespin sculptures. They collaged shapes together and used the clothespins as the base of their sculpture.

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Questions for your artist:

What everyday object did you see in the gallery today?

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain how you used clothespins to create art in the studio.

Continue the creativity:

At home, build with clothespins! Try to find everyday objects to make a never-ending chain. Paper clips, cotton swabs, clothespins, etc. Imagine the possibilities!

 


 

Design (Grades 1-2) artists added color and embellishments to their masks this morning. Animals, people, abstract patterns were just some of the examples of what they created! In the afternoon, they went to look at the CAM collections in the vault- focusing mainly on the chairs. They discussed the function and form of chairs- some used for eating, some used for thinking, some even used for many different reasons in one! Once they returned from the studio, the campers brainstormed ideas in their sketchbooks, and used the rest of the day to create models of their sketches. These chairs will “wow” you!

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Questions for your artist:

What is the function of a chair? What is the function of the chair YOU created today?

Share with your grown up:

Explain what you looked at in the vault today. What was your favorite chair and why?

 

Continue the creativity:

At home, imagine you are going on a long journey or vacation. Close your eyes and think about your destination and how you will get there. Design a chair that can take you to that place- focusing on form AND function. Where will you go? The moon? The grocery store? Hawaii?

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) artists started painting their totem pole animals today! These forms are bright, bold, and dynamic. We can’t wait to arrange them together and install them as a full totem pole. In the afternoon, campers built boxes in preparation to take their work home tomorrow. They ended the day with some outdoor clay activities. Ask your camper about their favorite projects from the day!

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Questions for your artist:

What was your favorite project today?

Share with your grown up:

Share about your totem pole progress. What creative decisions did you make about the surface design?

 

Continue the creativity:

At home, gather your sketchbook and pencil. Think about your favorite moment from camp. Illustrate this moment from your memory. Add color and detail with colored pencils + markers.

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): makers were busy tying this morning. Keychains were the goal- and macramé ties were the challenge! They added beads and fringe for embellishments. In the afternoon, artists broke out the sewing machines! They brainstormed, ideated, and created soft sculptures. The prompt for this project was to create an abstract form- thinking less literal! This is great practice for concept-driven art and contemporary processes. The teens worked with determined and positive attitudes to complete the day. We are so proud of the strides they’ve made these last two weeks of Fibers + Textile!

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Questions for your artist:

What is macramé? Did you enjoy the technique?

Share with your grown up:

Share about your experience with sewing machine. Was it difficult or easy? What did you learn from the experience?

 

Continue the creativity:

After camp, see if you can research new stitch patterns. Think about testing them out with thread on fabric. This can be the beginning of surface design to your soft sculpture! Adding beads, fringe, buttons, sequins, and other embellishments can really enhance the surface quality of a 3D form!

 

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Week 8, Wednesday, August 14th

This Wednesday was a Wild Ride of Fun + Creativity!


Daily Snapshots of Life @ CAM Create Camps

 


 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) explored shape + color today and the variety each of those can display. They looked to The Alexander Girard Dolls for inspiration. These forms are filled with patterns, and they are great examples of design! In the studio, mini makers created their own Girard Dolls, mimicking the variety of shapes they explored earlier. After snack, the young artists used a stamping method to create landscape pieces. Thinking about how the repetition of shapes created a larger whole is an important skill to have!

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Questions for your artist:

What features make up a face + body? 

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the Girard dolls that you looked at with Ms. Lindsey today. What was your favorite part about them?

Continue the creativity:

At home, find an extra clothespin lying around. Think about how you could make this clothespin into another miniature Girard Doll!

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Design (Grades 1-2) campers put in the design skills today! What is something we wear everyday from place to place?! SHOES! Designers ideated plans for shoes and executed those plans with cardboard, foam, ribbon, fabric, and much more. In the afternoon, designers created masks by using a Paper Mache process. Ask your camper about their silly mask!

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Questions for your artist:

What is form versus function?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of designing a shoe from beginning to end. 

 

Continue the creativity:

At home, use found objects to create another piece of wearable art. Before you create this, brainstorm a plan in your sketchbook. Think about form, color, texture, and pattern! Include all of these in your sketches. Maybe you can show Ms. Kapish and Ms. Anke at camp tomorrow!

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) artists started the morning with Paper Mache! Their totem pole animals need a couple layers of glue + newspaper before adding a surface design/texture. In the afternoon, artists made clay beads for a necklace, bracelet, or keychain! They ended the day with floating pinch pots that they placed in the pond by the trails. Ask you camper if their piece was successful in this floating forest adventure!

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Questions for your artist:

What animal did you create for the collaborative totem pole?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of creating a pinch pot. What about the process of making gives it the name “pinch pot”?

 

Continue the creativity:

When you go home today, sketch some ideas for your totem pole surface. What color will your animal be? How will you showcase the correct texture of the animal Use markers, colored pencils, and crayons to ideate.

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): artists explored the process of needle felting in the morning. They used special needles that push and tangle wool fibers together to create images, patterns, and designs. This process requires focus + repetition – and these campers just that! In the afternoon, the teens explored papermaking. They used ripped paper that has been soaked in water as the base. The process requires a mold and deckle- a frame and screen that picks these pieces up from the water, and forms the paper. Then, they applied pressure to this form which releases all the excess water. The paper needs to lay flat to dry, but 24 hours later, it should be ready. Wow- what a day of work for these kiddos!

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Questions for your artist:

What did you create using the needle felting technique? Did it turn out how you planned?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the details of the papermaking process. Was this techniques successful? What is your opinion of the process?

 

Continue the creativity:

When you get home today, gather your sketchbook, a pencil, and a coloring tool. Create an idea for a handmade book- using handmade paper, a cardboard cover, and binding techniques. Maybe one day you can make this plan a reality!

Week 8, Tuesday, August 13th

Tuesdays are TONS of fun @ CAM Create Camps!


Daily Snapshots of Life @ CAM Create Camps

 


 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) theme of the day was portrait + facial expressions. They worked with mixed media techniques to create collages, inspired by Eduardo Ponjuan’s work in LandLord Colors: On Art, Economy and Materiality. They used newspaper, buttons, found images, etc. to compose facial expressions. After snack, the mini makers free painted- expressing their truest emotions through marks on paper.

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Questions for your artist:

What is a portrait? 

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the artwork you saw in the museum today. What was it made of? 

Continue the creativity:

Look in the mirror and make a face. Investigate the shape, direction, and curve of your mouth, eyes, eyebrows, and nose. Use crayons or colored pencils to create a silly self-portrait!

 


 

Design (Grades 1-2) campers showed knowledge of placement and arrangement with their “Collaging me Crazy” project today! They looked to____ in Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality. In the afternoon, first and second graders created absurd object sculptures- a silly project that asks the classic question- form or function? Many fruits, phones, and vegetables were created from the prompt! After recess, campers went to the museum to look at artwork for inspiration. Ask you camper about what they saw in the gallery today- it was quite an interesting piece!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a collage? What are some important tips when collaging images together?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the artwork you looked at in the gallery today. How did that piece make you feel? What was your favorite part of the piece? Do you think this is a collage or a sculpture?

 

Continue the creativity:

At home, look through old magazines, mail, and newspaper. Rip patterns up to create a paper mosaic. Think of an object, person, or animal that means something to you and use a mosaic method to create an artwork with collage materials. 

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) artists continued on their glaze train this morning- finishing up some pieces that made it out of the kiln this week. In the afternoon, clay artists started to create 3D forms using another media- cardboard! These will be animal forms that will be part of a larger totem pole installation. Stay tuned to see theses structures complete later this week!

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Questions for your artist:

What projects did you glaze today?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of glazing a fired piece. What tips do you have for people who haven’t done it before. 

 

Continue the creativity:

When you go home today, practice looking and sketching. Use different subject matter to test your observational drawing skills. Gestural drawings- or movement drawings- will help you understand how forms move and flow! 30 second drawings of people walking, talking, dancing, etc. are a great way to practice these techniques.

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): artists continued to work hard on their narrative quilts. They have layered up and up and up with detail- and it sure is paying off! These completed wall hangings will look amazing on any wall! In the afternoon, the teens explored yarn basket weaving techniques. Their patience and dedication to the craft is admirable. Ask your camper about their triumphs and trials of the basket weaving process!

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Questions for your artist:

What stage are you at on your narrative quilt?

Share with your grown up:

Talk about the friends you are making at camp. Do you value your classmates’ feedback? How do you like your instructor?

 

Continue the creativity:

When you get home today, gather your sketchbook + pencil. If you have old fabric or patterned paper- even better. The inside of envelopes, newspaper, ads, plastic wrap, foil, etc. all are great collage materials! Use these to arrange a new composition that is abstract OR representational. Use glue to attach to the paper. Just like your arranged your narrative quilts, you can arrange a new art piece that tells a fresh story.

Week 8, Monday, August 12th

Welcome to the last week of CAM Create Camps. Wow – oh – wow! This summer flew by!


Daily Snapshots of Life @ CAM Create Camps

 


 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) theme of the day was figure and pose. They created sculptures- 3D forms- based off their observations in the gallery this morning. Their inspiration was the “Cross Legged Figure” sculpture by Willem de Kooning. Back in the studio, mini makers used clay and foil to create 3D forms. What amazing results they achieved on their first day!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a figure? Who is Willem de Kooning?

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the artwork you saw in the museum today.

Continue the creativity:

Now that you’ve learned about sculpture, try to create another form out of foil, plastic wrap, or parchment paper at home. Have your grown up pose and try to sculpt their position!

 


 

Design (Grades 1-2) campers started off strong today with handmade sketchbooks! They folded their paper + felt covers and tied them into a book. Designers used the entire morning to decorate their sketchbooks- personalizing them with names, favorite foods, logos, and textural materials. Every great designer needs a space to brainstorm- and these sketchbooks will be just that! Throughout the week, artists will use these to ideate and plan. In the afternoon, campers learned a new stamping technique. They created a stamp from foam and wood pieces, which was used for block-printed patterns on tote bags!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a stamp?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the job of a designer. What is their role in the world?

 

Continue the creativity:

When you return home today, think about design. What does it mean to you? Where do you see it in your house? Using pencil, design your dream room! Use colored pencils to add textures, shapes, and value!

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) artists returned from the weekend ready to glaze, glaze, GLAZE! Many ceramic pieces went through a second firing and are now complete to their glasslike and final stage! More glazing will happen throughout the week- so don’t forget to check back later to see some finished pieces. Collaboration was key today as artists worked in groups to brainstorm, sketch, and make. Team-building skills were crucial to today’s tasks and we are so proud of how well the clay crew did!

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Questions for your artist:

What did you glaze today? How did you pieces turn out from last week?

Share with your grown up:

Explain your experience working in teams today. What was the hardest part about collaboration? What was the best part about collaboration?

 

Continue the creativity:

When you go home today, create a drawing based off of today’s group activity. Use markers and colored pencils to complete the art piece. Don’t forget to add as many details as possible- texture, line, shape, and even words or descriptions! This attention to detail will bring the piece to life!

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): artists began an ambitious project today inspired by the artist Faith Ringgold. Ringgold’s work explores narrative through found-fabric quilting. The teens took this project on with poise and diligence! They glued, stitched, arranged, and puzzled images together to create one large composition. Trees, portraits, space, and flowers are just some of the in-progress projects being created today!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a composition?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the technique you used to create this narrative quilt. What was your favorite part about today? 

 

Continue the creativity:

When you get home today, gather your sketchbook + pencil. If you could create another image from the same story on your quilt, what would it be? Use your pencil to sketch the next scene of your story. Add color with colored pencils + markers.

Week 7, Friday, August 9th

Fridays are full of fantastic learning, fun looking, and fancy making!


Daily Snapshots of Life @ CAM Create Camps


 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) focus for today was PATTERNS! They read the book, “My First Book of Patterns” which inspired them to create patterned popsicles in the studio! Once they finished snack, they went hunting for natural objects to use in their second project at camp. They used these to stick onto contact paper for a magical suncatcher, just waiting to be hung in the living room window!

Questions for your artist:

What is a pattern?

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain one example of a pattern.

Continue the creativity:

Now that you’ve learned about patterns, create a repetitive pattern of different sized circles!

 


 

Printmaking (Grades 1-2) created many patterns today encompassing all of the techniques they learned at printmaking camp. In the morning, they drew designs into Styrofoam to be printed on paper. These designs bled off the paper so that they could continue forever! In the afternoon, they silkscreen printed and created shoe prints into model clay! Don’t forget to let these dry for 1-2 days.

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Questions for your artist:

What is a silk screen print?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of printing with your shoes today!

 

Continue the creativity:

When you return home for the weekend, try creating your own carvings with old Styrofoam plates and a dull pencil. Show your grown-up how it’s done! Use paint or ink to stamp that image on a separate piece of paper. 

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) artists glazed many of their pieces today. They used a glaze splatter technique for a couple of their fired pieces. We can’t wait to see how these turned out! In the afternoon, things got wild with clay self-portraits! These wacky representations of themselves show so much creative growth and a hint of humor!

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Questions for your artist:

What has been your favorite project of the week?

Share with your grown up:

Talk about what you are most excited for during next week’s camp!

 

Continue the creativity:

Practice sketching at home this weekend. Think about forms, textures, shapes, space, color, and line. These are some of the basic elements of art! Think about creating a 2D self-portrait.

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): artists rocked out a batik process on totes today. In the afternoon, they created patchwork pillows and stuffed them to their softest! Found fabric of all colors and patterns was the basis of these pieces. Once they complteted that project, they spent the rest of the day working on Diamond Eyes made from yarn and popsicle sticks.

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Questions for your artist:

What is batik? Explain the process you took to create today.

Share with your grown up:

Explain your technique for the patchwork pillow.

 

Continue the creativity:

Think about one think you wish to improve on from this week. Make a sketchbook plan for this revision OR better yet- try it at home if you have the materials!

Week 7, Thursday, August 8th

Thursdays at CAM are Full of Looking, Learning, and Making!


Daily Snapshots of Life @ CAM Create Camps

 

 


 

Mini Makers (Kindergarten) focus for today was weavings- inspired by the artist Zoe Paul! They created amazing wall hangings with fabric and paper strips. After snack, things got a little wild with yarn paintings! The minis made lines paintings using only yarn as a tool. This technique required patience and expression. Bold colors, dynamic linework, and mark variation all contributed to these masterpieces!

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Questions for your artist:

What was your word of the day? What type of materials did you use in the studio?

 

Share with you grown-up:

Explain the process of creating a yarn painting!

Continue the creativity:

Now that you’ve learned about optical illusions, linework and experimentation in art, go home and continue to practice! Use markers or crayons to create a line drawing that fools your eye. Think about a maze or a tangled ball of yarn. Twist and turn your marker until you make an amazing line drawing!

 


 

Printmaking (Grades 1-2) artists used knowledge from yesterday to print additional collagraphs this morning. Their texture plate abilities are soaring! They printed textures with fruit and vegetables as stamps, and acrylic paint as ink. These arrangements showed their knowledge of composition and shape. Next on the schedule- kindness cards. These small tokens of compassion will find their way around campus today- a little cheer up for those that might need one. In the afternoon, printer went out to pass their kindness cards along to those visiting Cranbrook today!

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Questions for your artist:

What is a block print?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of fruit printing. What was the hardest part? What was the easiest part?

 

Continue the creativity:

Make a kindness card at home using markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Write a short note to someone you care about, a friend, a family member, or someone you live with! When they aren’t looking, sneak the kindness card in a place they’d least expect- a purse, a lunchbox, maybe even their toothbrush drawer! They will smile so big when the card reveals itself!

 


 

Clay (Grades 3-5) artists worked on a unique project in the morning. They practiced rolling out slabs of terra cotta clay- a red clay often used for practical ceramic forms such as tiles, vessels, dishware, etc. They created an edge, for the front of their tile to act as  frame. Then, they gathered natural objects from outside which they would print inside the frame of the tile with underglaze. What a lovely decorative tile! In the afternoon, ceramic artists were prompted to create a container. The challenge? To add a lid AND handles that fit just right! The ceramic artists’ hands were molding and sculpting away today! We are so proud of their diligence + hard work all week.

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Questions for your artist:

What is underglaze? What is texture? What are natural objects versus man-made objects?

Share with your grown up:

Explain the hand-building process you used today. How did you “print” with underglaze?

 

Continue the creativity:

Practice recognizing textures at home today! Look around outside for natural or found object with texture. Gather them in a bag or tray. Once you have what you need, spread them out around you and draw each one 3 times. Use a pencil, colored pencils, or markers to sketch. This will be practice for drawing textures from observation!

 


 

Fiber + Textile (Grades 6-8): artists worked on their paper plate weavings this morning. The 6th-8th graders slowly built layers to create a small basket from this weaving technique. In the afternoon, they learned how to silkscreen print in the Art Lab. They used a stencil method to create images with freezer paper, and screen-printed onto fabric. To most of the class, this was a new techniques, and they really “wow’ed” us with their results. The fibers artists are a group with focus, ambition, and craft- and we are so proud of how well they are doing this week!

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Questions for your artist:

What is batik? Explain the process you took to create today.

Share with your grown up:

Explain the process of silkscreen printing. Talk about the process of paper plate weaving. What are the steps to success? 

 

Continue the creativity:

Now that you learned how to use glue to draw and dye fabric, go home and practice this again! Create a foil embossing by drawing with glue on cardboard and letting that dry. Once dry, layer foil on top of the cardboard while flattening the space with your hands- use a cotton swab to get in the small spaces. For a fun look, you can add shoe polish or acrylic paint on top!

 

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