When was the last time you had fun-really had fun-with your art tools? The Groove Tool by Art-C is that fun art tool that's also versatile and useful, and you're going to have a great time with it. This cordless and portable tool allows you to easily sand, apply ink and paint, distress, and much more with four interchangeable heads that pop on and off easily.
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I used The Groove Tool to create this collage (above), and incorporated the tool in practically every facet of the project. I started with a vintage book cover for the substrate, but it didn't look quite distressed enough. So I sanded the edges down to the board, using the coarse sandpaper head. The sanding went so easily and quickly, and my hands never got fatigued.
The cover still needed a little something, so I stenciled a design along the edge using the Momenta Moroccan adhesive stencil. I loaded the brush head with dark green stamping ink right from the pad and went to town. It took me a fraction of the time it would normally take using a stencil brush. Those adhesive stencils are amazing, by the way–so easy to position, and you don't have to tape them down.
Before I painted an Art-C mini rectangular bottle with acrylic paint I gave the bottle a little tooth by sanding it with the fine sandpaper head. After the paint dried, I sanded some of it off using the coarse sandpaper head.
Next, I chose a sheet of ephemera from the Art-C Travel Ephemera Collage Kit and tore it, leaving a white edge. To give that edge a vintage look I ran the sponge head across a brown inkpad and took it right to the edge of the paper. In seconds I was done, and I loved the effect. Those collage kits include a ton of components that you can use in a number of projects.
I distressed the edges of this embellishment (also from the Travel Ephemera Kit) with the coarse sandpaper head and then inked it with the sponge head and brown ink.
Lastly, I gave a real dried leaf a touch of bling with some metallic gold paint, applied with the sponge head. It glided on so smoothly that it didn't mar or crack the leaf at all. To create a hanger for the collage I used some ribbon from the Art-C Lace Ephemera Collage Kit. And as a final touch I added some Art-C Seashell Embellishments–these are real shells that are so beautiful. The collage reminds me of taking a walk by the beach on a crisp fall day.
Once everything was done the assembly of the collage took just minutes. I love the results and the fact that I never got bogged down trying to complete a step. And–I had fun! I can't wait to see what else this cool tool will do, as it becomes a mainstay of my art arsenal.
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