Hi friends! I was struck by an idea the other day that had me running down to my studio to try it! I wanted to make my own watercolor blocks but I did not have the special glue called “padding compound” that manufacturers use to make blocks and pads. I thought about trying mod-podge or one of my thicker white glues but in the end decided I was too lazy to build a device to clamp the block or wait for it to dry. But then I thought of another way!
I used hot glue! And it was perfect! I even took my block to the beach with me and did a little painting on it to test it out. I am so impressed with this that I plan on making many more! Watch the video to see how you can make one too!
Another idea is to buy a pad of watercolor paper and simply seal the other 3 unbound edges of the pad, just be sure to leave a notch for removing the sheets.
Regular paper or decorative/scrapbook paper
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
paper trimmer, knife or scissors
Clothespins or binder clips
- Cut papers and cardboard to size and secure with clips.
- Apply a bead of hot glue to one edge and smooth with a silicone spatula. For longer paper you might have to do half a side at a time. Make sure all paper edges are coated. Repeat for all 4 sides but make sure to leave an inch unglued on the pad somewhere so you can remove your sheets.
- Make a wrap around cover using scrapbook paper.
- Insert a palette knife(or butter knife) into the notch and slice off the sacrificial sheet and you are ready to paint!
Will you make one of these? I hope so, they are great for painting on the go this summer! Happy crafting!