Special pricing on these beautiful wall sculptures and metal art pieces. I really hate to part with some of these – a few are even hanging in my living room. BUT, moving them would be hard work too so you get to take advantage with these prices at are 75% off!! There are over a dozen beautiful pieces show on the sale page of my website – here are a few samples!
All the details on how to purchase these (and other) pieces are on the website, click the link above to go directly to that page.
Many hours of April and May have been spent rolling up magazine pages in varieous shapes and sizes for upcycled artwork. When I’ve been busy working on other projects I’ve had others helping with this project as well. I’ll never look at magazines the same!
When I began in April the bulk of what I worked on were paper beads…
I’ve had to abandon that project for now but at least have a good “stash” started. When I begin to show images of the work created for the upcoming show look for these magazine pages to show up frequently!
The last two posts have been about the wonderful “IDEA Store” in Champaign, Illinois. Today I will share the original reason for my trip there – a workshop! Presented by artist Michelle Stitzlein, aimed at those who create art with children, we re-purposed plastic lids into creative works of art.
Each person was given a 24×24″ piece of plywood to work on, which we first painted with a layer of paint as we pleased. Since we’d be working with round shapes there would be areas of the background that would probably peek through so this made a much better background than just plain wood. Once the paint dried then we began to arrange the lids into whatever pattern we desired. Look at the assortment of lids we had to choose from:
I think I started and stopped arranging at least three times before mine finally began to take shape like I wanted it to!
After it was arranged then the hard work started: DRILLING. It was about this time I realized that larger caps equaled less drilling, but it was a bit too late. Good information for future projects though! 🙂 Needless to say, I did NOT get everything drilled to the board before time ran out.
Progress made before class finished
I’m pretty sure my design changed between removing it for transport and re-assembling it when I got back to the studio.
But that’s okay, I like the way it turned out! I think this would be a really fun piece to hang in a kids room or at a daycare, peditricians office, etc. Bright, cheerful and eco-friendly! Here’s a detail shot:
It really gave me lots of ideas for future projects and other materials that could be used to create with. Fun, indeed!
Earlier this month I took a trip over to Champaign, Illinois to visit “The Idea Store” and attend a workshop.
Oh. My. Goodness. It was a repurposing/upcycling/treasure paradise! I’m already plotting on another trip to forage for goodies. Rows and rows full of tubs, barrels, baskets and shelves holding an array of goodies the likes of which I’ve never seen. I’m sure I stood there with my mouth gapping open!
Items were priced either by the piece or by the pound, depending on what they were. I really couldn’t gauge how it all would work out but I ended up spending a lot less than I anticipated. That’s always a nice surprise! After almost three hours of foraging I left with two bags full of fun stuff.
I’m saving images of my treasures for the next post. I’ll also share a post soon of the fun upcycled project that we worked on at the workshop!
Just a reminder that this Saturday, March 9th, is the next Second Saturday Open Studio date! The doors are open and I’ll be waiting to see you between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that afternoon. As with the last two months I’ll have a special “make & take” project for visitors of all ages to participate in. For March I’ll have a station set up for creating collages from magazine pages. I spend some time Monday afternoon making the sample piece, above, to share with you. Here are the step-by-step images of the collage piece being made:
base pieces for collage
sketch of possible shapes
beginning to add magazine pages
more magazine pages added
all pages glued down waiting to dry before adding marker & embellishments
The other even for Saturday is a “Share & Win” contest for all the visitors. I am focusing more & more on creating art from used materials and could use your help with some projects I am working on. Bring a donation of one (or more) item listed below and you will be entered to win a piece of art created specifically for you!
Plastic lids, any shape/size (think milk carton, pop and drink caps – screw on lids from peanut butter or other jars – plastic lids from butter tubs, cans of nuts, etc. – lids from hairspray, deodorant, laundry soap, etc.)
Cardboard or “chipboard” (cereal boxes, etc.) unwanted magazines or books, sheet music, gift wrap, maps
Old games, game boards or pieces, playing cards
Earrings with no matches, broken jewelry (especially if it has beads!), broken watches or clocks
Leftover materials from do-it-yourself projects – Nails, screws, pieces, parts, washers, etc.
Larger items: Scraps of plywood (or other wood), unwanted metal shelving or file cabinets
I’m sure there are many things I didn’t even think to list so if you’ve got something cool to share, bring it!
Not long ago I blogged about trying to help the “green” effort with materials in my studio and hinted that I’d been getting creative with some of those materials. Today I’m going to show you some of the items I’ve created and what they are made of!
I love to explore something new and this idea had been bouncing around in my head a while until I couldn’t contain it any more.
Earrings from recycled/upcycled materials? Oh, yeah. I made a few pair from plastic drinking bottles to see if it would work (and it did!) and the rest of this initial group were made by covering old packaging/shipping envelops with aluminum.
Since that time I am looking at every container that comes through the house as potential supplies. 🙂
I’ve got a nice pile of “almost ready” pieces for the next batch of earrings, including these painted book pages that are sandwiched between pieces of packaging plastic.
I’ve been wearing one pair and they are fabulously lightweight, which I love! And the compliments aren’t bad either. I’m thinking this may be a potential new class for me to teach, anyone interested?