Reproducible methods (and results) are a key part of rigorous science. And reproducing art has been part of doing art for centuries.
So this month’s tip making stickers – an easy and cheap way to make reproductions of your own SciArt.
Make your own SciArt stickers.
You might recognize this as “packing tape transfers.” I learned this method in an undergrad photography class, and still have the pieces I made using the technique. Try it out, and see what kind of artwork you can reproduce!
- Print out one of your own* science or natural history drawings or texts on white paper. Note that black-and-white line drawings reproduce best.
- Flatten packing tape over it.
- Rub the tape firmly into the paper.
- Soak the paper-tape in warm water for at least 5 minutes.
- Rub the paper off (in running water if necessary).
The end result should be a “sticker” with your sketch transferred onto it.
Click here to view step-by-step and video instructions.
*Click here for more information on why it’s important to use your own images, or images you have permission to use.
About the images:
The images in this blog post were created using the packing tape transfer/sticker method described above. The sketches are of Black Angus calves I sketched almost a decade ago. The texts are poetry excerpts or “truisms” from an almanac. The stickers were applied to shards of glass I found while walking along the Clark Fork River in Missoula, MT. I opted not to clean the back sides of the glass pieces, because I thought the caked on dirt was both evocative and helped increase the visibility of the lines and small font-size of the text. There’s definitely potential to integrate ecological considerations, such as litter, with this drawing reproduction to create thought-provoking artworks.