Get Stuck on Post-it Note Art

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"Directed Perspective" (rolled Post-it Notes) by artist Rebecca Murtaugh"Directed Perspective" (rolled Post-it Notes) by artist Rebecca Murtaugh

"Directed Perspective" (rolled Post-it Notes) by artist Rebecca Murtaugh

Here at GeekDad we’re big supporters of making fine art with unusual materials: cupcakes, Easter eggs, Etch-A-Sketch, you name it. But one medium we’ve yet to try is the sticky note.

Artists have been producing large-scale and intimate works employing various properties of sticky notes for a few years now. They include murals, home and office decoration, fashion and even free-standing sculpture. The performance team Eepybird (of Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos fountain fame) likes to create dynamic sticky note waterfalls. And animator Jeff Chiba Stearns combines pads to make flip book animations which last several minutes.

Think your kids would like to get creative with sticky notes? Recently the folks at 3M announced a contest to design a billboard in Grand Central Station using Post-it Brand notes and other products. The winner gets a $5,000 prize and a trip to New York City. The winner’s school also receives a year’s supply of Post-it products.

As an added incentive, they’ve been sending out free “starter kits” filled with a variety of Post-it paraphernalia, including labels, skinny page markers, and flag pens. We just got ours, and I don’t know what we’ll do with it, but the possibilities are endless. Post-it Notes also come in fun shapes and colors, for even more inspiration.

Rules and the entry form are available at the Post-it website. Deadline for entries is June 4.

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