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CD Art

This guide shows you one of the ways to reuse your old CDs.

CD Art

I had a stack of old CDs lying around. For a long time I was planning to reuse them for a different purpose but I had no clue. Then one day while I was surfing on the Internet I found an interesting idea to convert these into great artwork that can be put up on the walls. I liked this idea because I thought it was very easy to do, just few simple steps. The final product turns out to be pretty good.

Steps

Step #1:

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  • Things Needed
  • Any old CD
  • Acrylic color (preferably dark color)
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Anything with sharp point to scratch the color (I used a screwdriver.)

Step #2:

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  • Apply Paint
  • The shiny side of the CD shows rainbow colors when light falls on it. We are going to use this side.
  • Apply the acrylic color on the shiny side. Here I have used a black color. Make sure you have a thick layer of this color so that it becomes easy to scratch the color later.
  • Leave it to dry.

Step #3:

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  • Draw a Design
  • Draw your favorite design on the colored side.

Step #4:

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  • Scratch the design
  • With the help of a screwdriver scratch the color along the outline of the design. Try not to scratch very hard otherwise you’ll damage the shiny coating.
  • You may also want to scratch the inside of the design to make it more interesting.

Step #5:

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  • Stick it on the wall
  • Put the finished CD art on the wall using blue-tac.

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  • OnionButt

    I think this is gorgeous! It reminds me of something I did with crayons when I was a kid (can’t recall the exact steps but it involved scraping black away to reveal the colors below). Anyway, I’m in progress on this but have to say – I’m having a heck of a time doing the scratching well. I’ve tried a few different tools but I don’t yet have it down yet. Also I am lacking your sketching skills. Luckily I have lots of old cds and black acrylic paint – so I guess I’ll just keep practicing! Thanks for the step by step tutorial!