Last year, I saw a project on Pinterest that showed how to upcycle a toilet paper tube as a container. The open sides of the tube easily fold in to contain whatever's inside, and you can decorate the outside of the roll any number of ways.
My house is full of houses, and never more than during the holidays. From the vintage paper village houses lit up on the tree to the ceramic Dickens village my husband and I started collecting the day after we were married.
The other day I was flattening an empty pasta box for the recycling bin when I thought, "Gee, that little oval window must be good for something."
My social media feeds are full of artwork. Mostly, it's finished
artwork. But a few of my art friends post works in progress. I think
they are very brave to make their fledgling ideas vulnerable to public
scrutiny, however friendly.
Last week, we held a free web seminar with three mixed-media jewelry artists from the ICE Resin design team, Mixed-Media Jewelry with the Stars. The live event was extremely popular; if you missed it, the recording is on the Cloth Paper Scissors community under Free Resources/Online Seminars.
I was reorganizing my art supplies last weekend (yes, again) and I
realized something: by far, my most populated supply category is that of
found object. It seems like every superfluous, unwanted, or
"interesting" piece of vegetable, mineral, or plastic sets off upcycling ideas in my head and therefore finds a home in my stash.
There are so many beautiful stencils coming onto the market these days,
and I want to get my hands on every one of them and play. But often I
find that the best stencils are the simplest ones: lines, dots, swirls,
and basic outlines. And those you can easily make yourself by upcycling items you have at home.
On Father's Day, our collage-age daughter presented her dad with a card
she made herself. The handmade nature of the card, and especially the
sentiments inside, made it more precious and valuable than any purchased
gift could be.
I recently completed a flurry of art projects. After congratulating myself on my productivity, I turned around to look look at my home studio, and wondered, "Who made this huge mess?
Now, this is not a space for news or politics, but it is a space to talk about art. Art heals and soothes. Art is therapeutic. Art is meditative. So that is why I'm in my studio making collage art.
Recently I have been upcycling burlap coffee bean bags into café curtains for my kitchen. (Get it? Café curtains?)
Today I'm sharing a little project from Kristen Robinson for making sweet bag for your jewelry or to hold a special little gift. Kristen makes these bags out of wool felt or linen; you can use purchased felt or make it even more personal by upcycling a wool sweater into felt or upcycling your fabric scraps of choice.
After literally tripping over my stash of fabrics, papers, and found objects recently, I am on a mission to downsize. And so I'm looking for ways to use and re-use items I already have, upcycling them into art or useful objects.
In this free eBook, Upcycled Art: 4 Free Tutorials on Upcycling Ideas and Creating Recycled Art, we offer you recycled art projects that help you winnow down your collection of found objects—and make room for new ones!