Friday, April 20, 2018

The key to this project might be the key

I'm once again joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her theme recycle and collage.

Like with many of my projects, I pull out more embellishments 

than I can possibly use.  However, I knew I wanted to have the choice of color and recyclable materials.

Although this is rather static, I was quite happy with how it turned out.  I leave you with a few close up photos.

You can really see in this photo how the back of this pink background has been pulled from my recycle bin.

In the end, I was quite happy with how it turned out.  It's definitely very dimensional.

I started with a sheet of used pink computer paper.   I wanted to show it really WAS used and something I pulled out of my recycle bin.  I colored the corrugated cardboard with red bingo dauber ink, then affixed it to the page I had already glued into my large art journal.  I only had two buttons that were alike, no matter which two I chose, so the key had to be between the buttons for symmetry.  The beautiful typewriter/postcard 6" X 6" collage was a gift from my friend Chris.  The white crystal flowers were laid out along the bottom of the assembly, and to counter that, I added the feather at the top.

Thank you beyond belief for your visit today.  This is Day 20 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, and I recycled a sheet of computer paper, corrugated cardboard, and a feather.  I also repurposed two buttons and a skeleton key.  Today, you will find me at Art Journal Journey.  I hope to see you there, too.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ode to a purple butterfly

I'm once again joining Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme is recycle and collage.  And because it is nature inspired, I am also linking to my friends at Try it on Tuesday, whose theme is nature's beauty

This is an entry for my large art journal.  I had to turn it sideways, though, so I could get everything on the page,

This Irish blessing seemed to fit the focal image I chose.

In case you can't read it:
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
          ~Irish Blessing
I'm having a bit of tension problems, so my sewing, always wonky and never straight, took an even bigger hit when I added all these recycled pieces to the mix.

I was trying to pair all my colors together,

in order to highlight the purple butterfly.

The tension problem is obvious in this photo.

This would have been a beautiful postage stamp if the PO hadn't forced the envelope crooked through the automated stamper.  Of course, it just makes my wonky stitching more noticeable.

For this journal page, I started with a used sheet of bright pink computer paper.  I added part of a calendar page and the computer generated sentiment I colored with watercolor crayons and backed with part of a sheet of used lavender computer paper.   To the right side of the page, I sewed more of the lavender computer paper, a sliver of card stock that had been part of an address label, a security envelope, a piece of corrugated cardboard, and a piece of pale pink computer paper.  On top of that, I added the postage stamp I left attached to part of the envelope.

This is Day 19 of 22 days leading to bEARTHday.  I recycled everything on the page except the variegated thread, which took the place of glue.

Thank you beyond belief for taking time to visit with me today.  You have no idea how grateful I am that you dropped by.   Today, you will also find me at Art Journal Journey and Try it on Tuesday.  Hope to see you both places, too.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In the heartland

It's once again time to join Alison/Craftytrog, our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her theme recycle and collage.

These cracker boxes are really great for recycling and they are large, too, which means I can enter them at Art Journal Journey.  I'm getting a lot of mileage out of that Florida state map from the late 1990s.

Some of you will remember when I created Faux Cloisonné last year for a Second Thursday Tutorial.  I stamped the heart with the peace symbol inside it, then outlined the areas using dimensional paint.  After that, I filled the heart using fingernail polish.  I couldn't find my gold pen to turn it into truly faux cloisonné, but I was still happy with it.  It was now time to put it to good use, since the fingernail polish had been repurposed.  The image of the U.S. may have been a die cut, and was sent to me by Patty.

After putting it all together, you can see I'm seeking peace and love in the heartland!

In order for the U.S. to stand out, I ended up outlining it.  Not the best job, but I was fairly satisfied with it in the end.

For Day 18 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, I recycled a cracker box, part of a leftover map, a gifted die cut, and a faux cloisonné heart and peace sign.  The sentiment was computer generated on the back of colored printer paper from my recycle bin, and outlined using a blue marker.

EDIT:  I just noticed that Moo-Mania and More's theme is United States of America or USA.  Although I hadn't planned this, it fits perfectly and I am going to enter it in their challenge, too.

Thank you for sharing time with me today.  Today, you will find me at Art Journal Journey and Moo-Mania and MoreI hope to see you there, too.  There's still loads of time to be inspired by recycling and collage.  And Moo-Mania and More has just started their challenge today.

Monday, April 16, 2018

T Stands For Fossils

You have seen what I did with teabags when I dyed fabric at last week's T date.

Some of you may

have also seen that I dyed lace and fabric using hibiscus tea leaves.

Finally this is one I dyed using the last of the hibiscus tea and leftover coffee.

Now it's time to deal with the tea leaves.   Normally I would compost them by placing them around my potted plants in winter and around my plants in my veggie garden the rest of the year.  But today, I am going to recycle them a different way.  I will be making fossils. 

I copied this recipe off a web site I visited last autumn thinking this would make an excellent Christmas gift.  I never got around to making these for Christmas and could no longer find the web site on which I originally found the recipe.

However, I planned to change the recipe in order to use the spent tea leaves I removed from the tea bags I used last week, as well as the hibiscus tea leaves, now dry, also from another post last week.

It never dawned on me there would not be enough tea leaves to fill the 1 cup measuring cup.   I ended up having to supplement the tea with my coffee grounds.  It took three days to finally fill the measuring cup with a full cup of both tea and coffee.

Mixing all the ingredients was a pain, and took forever.   Instead of cold coffee, I used my leftover hibiscus tea (after I removed the fabric and lace, of course).

Then I think am sure I messed up, because the "dough" was so stiff, I added some of my coffee.   This turned into a gooey mess.  And people wonder why I don't bake!!!

The instructions indicated I was to knead the dough, then flatten it out onto the waxed paper.   I had planned to use the glass jar to cut the fossils into circles, then decided I actually preferred the organic look better.

I was fairly certain the fossil dough was too sticky to handle,

but patience isn't one of my virtues.

This one was holding up fairly well.

Mid-afternoon, the pieces had dried enough I was able to press the shells firmly into the balls of dough.

Some of these turned out better than others.

The round shell (sorry, I'm not familiar with shell names) was pressed into the top left fossil in the above photo, as well as the left one below it.  That one also got the fan shell, too.  It would be at least 36-48 hours (according to the instructions) before they were completely dry.  But they were already looking like fossils to me.

Imagine my surprise after these had set for 36 hours, how much the color had lightened the "fossils."  The one above is my favorite, and more on it soon.

I can now understand why the instructions were to flatten the dough.  It looks a bit too much like a crater rather than a fossilized rock.

Even though theses were still not completely dry, they were looking more and more like the fossils I expected.

Once again, this is my favorite, BUT, please do NOT use your heat tool to force them to dry, especially if your fossils are sitting on wax paper.

The one on the bottom right is completely dry, so you can see how the drying process lightens them.

For Day 17 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, I recycled used tea leaves from tea bags and loose leaf tea, as well as hibiscus tea I had dyed my fabric with.  I also repurposed some shells and turned them into pressed fossils.  Because I recycled something, I'm linking to my friends at Try it on Tuesday where their theme for the next few hours is Recycle Something

Now it's your turn to share a drink related post.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, teapots, mugs, a drink cup, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, teabags, scrapbooking, or any other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink. Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time.