Imagine: A Different Kind of Bubble

Trash Bubbles are typically created from the discarded blister packaging meant to display consumer goods for sale. As their name states, they are filled with trashy bits serving as visual poetry within the bubble.

Today, I present a different kind of Bubble. This one arose out of a need to provide a unique piece for an assemblage I was building. The criteria were size and color. It could be no larger than 1 5/16″ x 1 1/2″ and needed to be colorful.

Digging through my collection of hardware, odd containers and found objects, I came across several vintage fuse tins. The tin slide was bright yellow and the plastic tray insert was clear. Once I realized that it fit the measurements, I thought, “Bubble!”

Vintage Fuse Container

Too small to display trashy bits effectively, I toyed with filler ideas. In the end, I used a small stamped image, to which color had been added, gluing it to the plastic so that the image could be viewed. I filled the space in the tray with multi-color mylar confetti leftover from another project and slid it back into the tin lid. Voila!

Imagine

Although Trash Bubbles are amazingly eco-friendly, they do not have to be trashy. This piece goes to show that the only limit to the creation of Bubbles is one’s own imagination. I encourage you to create a Bubble of your own today. I would love to see what you come up with. Please share links to your creations in the comment section.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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On My Desk: Right Now!

RIGHT NOW! Three

Originally, I had intended this piece to be a submission for the Epistolarium 2 mail art call for the theme Right Now. Theresa Williams is the woman behind the blog at http://theletterproject.wordpress.com/. I met her through IUOMA and was intrigued by her epistolary assemblages.

Creating a more literal translation of the theme went like this for me: First, I decided that a cut-out of my RIGHT hand would have to be central. I got hands-on with my paper stash and built my palette using the white printed transparency as my jumping off point. It looked really sharp over top the crisp black sketch paper. But what to do for the hand? Then I found red vellum! Voila!

RIGHT NOW! One

Once the pieces were preliminarily assembled, I made the decision to journal the foundation layer. I contemplated the theme, Right Now. What is important to me, right now? Who am I, right now? I chose silver and white inks that would stand out against the black and yet would blend seamlessly with the transparency layer. I ran the date down the righthand length of the page in white and began at the top with I AM statements, in silver, running them around and around the outer edges of the page, working slowly inward. (Notice the inward focus.) When a word would seem to shout at me, I wrote it BIG! White was used to highlight the large text and some other bits. I used rub-ons to letter the fingertips, outlining them in white to help them pop.

RIGHT NOW! Two

To attach the hand to the bottom layer, I pre-punched needle holes in a zig-zag pattern through both layers and stitched through them with black embroidery thread. The transparency layer was attached by punching two small holes through the top and bottom at the middle and tying a bit of coordinating ribbon through them. NOW! was added atop the transparency using chipboard stickers. It seemed to need a little something in the burst on the wrist, so I added a piece I removed from a thumb tack. The individual layers can be viewed by lifting the transparency from the bottom and gently bending the hand away from the black page of text.

The result made my heart happy! It was then, I realized that I was unable to part with it. I sent a digital image off to Theresa. And intend to send her a color copy of the image. The original has become a page in my art journal.

I suppose I might try to create another work inspired by the Right Now theme, I still have a week or so… but then I also have other deadlines looming, not to mention personal commitments. We’ll have to wait and see.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Trash Bubblet Has Landed!

Trash Bubblet I

Last week, I discovered via http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com/2013/02/27/keeping-it-simple-what-to-do-with-a-bubblet/#comment-6390 that Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio had created a Trash Bubblet for me. I was tickled! It was great to see that my Trash Bubbles! article in the Winter 2013 issue of GreenCraft magazine had been the inspiration for such a great piece. Better yet, that Corrine had embraced the Trash Bubble concept, going so far as to name the multi-bubble pieces, was amazing! From here on out, any Trash Bubble with more than one chamber shall be refered to as a Bubblet!

Here is a close-up of the Bubblet’s detail: Trash Bubblet III

I particularly love the shape of the chambers, six-sided bases with bubbles atop! So much fun! Its size is impressive at 9×6 inches. (I had expected a standard 4×6 postcard.) Corrine used confetti sized scrap to fill the chambers and a colorful stamped piece as its backdrop. Just looking at it makes my soul happy!

The Bubblet took its good old time to arrive at Piney Creek Acres, having travelled the USPS to get here. Corrine and I have been exchanging mail art for about a year now, having met through a mutual friend’s blog and mail art swap. (Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze: http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/) We are all contemporaries over at the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA.) As such, it was quite fitting that the Bubblet was genuine mail art!

I loved the cereal box backing which provided stability for the piece. The security envelope address areas added texture, as did the torn scrap upon which she wrote her note to me.

Trash Bubblet II

Here is the first Bubblet I created, long before Corrine aptly named them:

SP 2013 Trash Bubble

You may recall from a previous post, that this Bubblet was created for my 2013 Sketchbook Project from a gum packet.

Corrine didn’t stop at the Bubblet. She also created a Happy Trash Bubble for our friend, Jill. It is pictured below and more about it can be found on their blog posts:

http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com/2013/03/04/monday-monday-its-mail-for-you/

http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/2013/03/thank-you-corrine-gilman-for-trash.html

Happy Trash Bubble (CG to JE)

Here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits, we want to see the Bubbles and Bubblets you create. Feel free to post a link to your Bubbles in the comment section of any post.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

THIRTEEN

THIRTEEN

If I were of a superstitious nature, I might be climbing the walls just now, having recently discovered that I have thirteen followers and thirteen blog posts here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits. Then again, we are living in the year 2013… It’s a good thing it’s not March 13, 2013. Or worse yet, a Friday the thirteenth! Not to mention, it’s a cardinal number and there is currently no date set for the Cardinals’ Conclave to determine the new Pope. I wonder if they’ll choose next Wednesday, the thirteenth?

Ah, but numbers don’t bother me much. I’ve never really gone in for numerology as a means to predict. I’m more of a go-with-the-flow kind of gal….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Trash Bubble Project for a Local Recycled Art Show

This week, I’ve got two projects in the works. One has lain claim to my brain, yet I am unable to manifest my vision. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

The other is coming together smoothly, seemingly creating itself. I am in the zone and it feels good! To celebrate that awesome feeling, I thought I’d share a bit about the project, straight from my desktop.

Closing in fast, is the deadline for the local Recycled Art Show, appropriately held in celebration of Earth Day. The guidelines ask for works comprised of a minimum of ninety percent recycled material. Trash Bubbles were made for this show!

Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth mobile, rooted in my love for trashy bits, uses Trash Bubbles to create a message of Earth Caring.

First, I designed the platform from which to hang the six Trash Bubbles. I used a unique package base from a heart-shaped ramekin I’d purchased. Manipulating the printing, I used some of the original lettering mixed with alphabet stickers and rub-ons to comprise the title of the piece. The corners were reinforced with paper bandage tape. A pop tab and the ribbon off a shopping bag made for an easy hanger, threaded through holes and tied off.

Trash Bubbles Mobile Base

Each of the six Trash Bubbles will hang from the bottom in a circular fashion in ascending lengths.

Two Trash Bubble ecospheres for the mobile are under construction. The first gives the viewer a glimpse of a littered landscape against a grey/blue sky of sorts. Each of the elements contained in this piece, including the weathered bit of outdoor carpet, were found littering the ground here and there along my travels.

Littered Landscape

The second piece is reminiscent of my first few Trash Bubbles, made from the familiar paper bandage tape packaging I favor. Although some of what is contained within this sphere are found bits, it also holds an equal amount of post consumer bits. These are things I save from the trash bin for their aesthetic value.

Trash Go 'Round

A work in progress, these pieces require tweaking before they can be hung from their final resting place in the base of the mobile. Too, there are four more waiting to be created….

Bubbles Awaiting Trash!

Guess what I’ll be doing over the next few days?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!