Art can spring from pretty much anything as talent and imagination transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. We’ve seen incredible works made with yarn, paper, sugar, bees, leaves, dirt… even lost earrings. Now we can add a 60’s childhood toy to the mix as Chicago artist Jane Labowitch masterfully creates one-of-a-kind, completely permanent works of art on an Etch-A-Sketch.
Jane started to play with the toy when she was just 4 years old, spending so much time with it that she was able to teach herself how to properly operate it to create works of art. From that point on, Jane’s etching skills grew as did her drawing skills.
Fast forward, while obtaining a BFA in illustration, Jane continued to use the Etch-A-Sketch as a canvas, and today has created a business around the unique artistic medium under the brand name Princess Etch-A-Sketch.
In order to preserve a final piece, she glues down the knobs so they can no longer be turned. This also helps to prevent accidental erasure during shipping. In addition to the finished Etch-A-Sketch art images Jane creates, she also takes custom orders and sells prints of completed works. Prices range from $7 for a print and up to hundreds of dollars for intricate and custom designs. You can check them all out on Etsy.
lead image: artist self-portrait