Art-O-Mat®

Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art.

The process I use for making art for the Art-O-Mat machines is as follows.

Number 1—My side of the process. Making 100 of anything is a ton of work! Please realize that a block has 6 sides!

Number 2—I am grateful to Art-O-Mat for their innovation in making art available to ALL people! No stuffy gallery. Just art in a machine. People, $5, pull the lever, and art is yours to keep!

Now, onto the good stuff! How I made the art. Step by step.

Step 1—Painting all the blocks on all sides. And waiting for them to dry.

©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 2—Sanding all the blocks on all sides. I want smooth surfaces.

©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 3—Drawing and painting 100 different doodles. Not one is alike!

©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 4—Making sure I have 100 doodle drawings.

©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 5—Gluing each drawing to a block (I forgot to take a picture of this). They each get trimmed after they dry, usually the next day.

©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 6—Labeling the backs of each piece with my contact information and the series number.

©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 7—Drawing on the 4 sides of each block.

©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 8—Admiring my own work. Tee Hee!

Suzanne Gibbs ©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.

Step 9—Boxing them up for shipping to Art-O-Mat headquarters.

©2018, Dorky Doodle Darling for Art-O-Mat. 100 drawings on wood blocks made with flashe paint, ink, watercolor, PVA adhesive, and paper.