Saturday, April 25, 2009

How to Make an Inexpensive Art Portfolio

Art Portfolios are a great way to store and transport artwork, but they can be expensive.
Here's a suggestion to create your own portfolio for about $1.30.

You will need:
1 poster board (22" x 28" is recommended)
28 inches of cotton or vinyl 1" webbing (available from any fabric or craft store)
4 brads
a ruler
duct tape (now available in multiple colors from art and craft stores)
an x-acto knife
old newspaper to protect the work surface

1. Fold the poster board in half to create a 22"x 14" pocket. 
2. On the top edge, measure and mark a line at 8", 9", 13" and 14". Measure 2" down from each mark and create a horizontal line from the 8 to the 9 and from the 13 to the 14. Repeat this on the other side as well. 
3. Cut a slit in each of the 4 horizontal lines created in step 2. Make sure to place the newspaper under the poster board to protect your work surface.
3. Cut the webbing into two 14" pieces. Cut a small vertical opening in each end of both pieces large enough to insert a brad.
4. Push one end of a piece of webbing from the outside into the 1"opening. Make a tiny incision in the poster board about 1" below the opening. Place the brad into the opening, push it through the cut in the webbing and secure on the inside of the portfolio. Repeat this for the other end of the webbing on the same side to create a handle. Make sure the webbing is not twisted. Repeat this to create the 2nd handle.
5. Tape down the end of the webbing on the inside of the portfolio to prevent the ends from unraveling.
6. Tape the front and back sides of the poster board together on both ends. 

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foam shapes glued to a cardboard background, rolled with block ink...

and you have a print!

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