On My Desk: Trash Bubblet Post Card

Last week found me creating mail art as a way to wind down from an overload of projects with deadlines and themes.

Completing a few of my Consumer Consciousness postcards was at the top of my list. After that, I got to work on a new bubblet.

Dentyne blister packs are the most common bubblets in my studio. That might be because Arctic Chill is my gum of choice. 🙂

This time, instead of stitching the bubblet onto a sketchbook page, (https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/where-theres-a-will/) I have housed it between two pieces of 4×6 cardstock.

Bubblet in Black and White

The framework is a piece of black cardstock sponged over with white acrylic paint. A window has been cut out of the center to house the bubblet. The backing was plain white (allowing the bubblet’s contents to pop) and was adhered to the framed bubblet with doublesided tape. The piece was then sealed and embellished with black and white printed tapes.

This week, I’ll be busy addressing the finished pieces and mailing them out to some of those patient folks to whom I owe mail.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Out and About: Local Art of Recycling Show

One week ago today, Friday, April 19th, the local Art of Recycling show opened at the Cranberry Municipal Center in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. A lack of funds cancelled the opening night artists’ reception, but that didn’t keep me from checking out the exhibit.

The Art of Recycling show is sponsored by the Associated Artists of Butler County in conjunction with the Cranberry Township Community Chest and UPMC Passavant. Its purpose is to promote artwork constructed from recyclable materials, in conjunction with Earth Day. The exhibit runs through May 11th.

Some of you might recall that I entered my Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth mobile in this show. You can find the original post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/trash-bubbles-heart-the-earth/

Art of Recycling: Trash Bubble Mobile

My friend, Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze (http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/) created this Wetlands piece which garnered a cash award.

Art of Recycling: Wetlands

These were some of the other entries:

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Regrettably, I did not think to get the artist information for the pieces in the slide show. Some of them had taken awards for merit, others were pieces I enjoyed in some way. I hope you enjoyed them as well.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: Bubbles By Post!

Bubbles by Mail

Trash Bubbles were not something I ever thought I’d find in my mailbox, when I began creating them. But find them, I did!

Several weeks ago, Corrine Gilman of http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com/ sent me my very first. (You can read that blog post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/trash-bubblet-has-landed/)

Bubbles by Mail II

Following quickly on the heels of the Bubblet, Corrine sent a second trash bubble. It was a singular, sizeable bubble, packed with the detritus of life.

Trashy Art Corrine Gilman

One of the things I love about this piece is the rolled up jetBlue luggage tag in the upper left hand corner. Final Destination: BOS. It gives me goosebumps every time I see it.

Mim Golub Scalin of http://mim4art.blogspot.com/ made a great Spinner Bubble from a hearing aid battery blister pack.Mim Golub Scalin

That it’s interactive makes this 4×6 postcard an awesome piece!

Mim Golub Scalin II

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Kitchen Trash

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The lengths to which a company will go to brand and package consumer goods never ceases to amaze. Everything is labeled and sealed and sealed again. Although I do realize that a good bit of that is for consumer protection, I can’t help but feel that it is overkill. There is no use for all that post consumer crap which eventually makes its way into the landfill or ends up as litter on our roadsides.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than in our kitchens, where our food stuffs are stored and prepared. One look at this bubble and you can clearly see what I mean. Ninety percent of the trashy bits inside were outer seals from food stuffs. They are colorful and make for interesting bits in trash bubble collages, but beyond that?

In composing this bubble, I chose a blister pack with colors that felt bright and kitchen-like. When embellishing the bubble, I kept to those colors, adding patterns that continued the same feel.

Here is a glimpse of the back:

Kitchen Trash

This was the last bubble in the Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth mobile. The local Art of Recycling show opens today, April 19th, in the Cranberry Township Municipal Building and runs through May 3rd. Check it out if you’re local!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Road Side Basics

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The debris of life is abundant on the road sides of America. The Road Side Basics bubble is indicative of the bits I find daily along the edge of the highway near our home. Rubber treads from blown tires, plastic bags, bits of rusted and jagged metal, rusty screws, discarded drink caps…. That our nation’s highways have become a catch-all for our garbage is not new, but it is sad.

Most of what I collect from the road side goes into a big trash bag, but some bits beg for new life. How do I determine which bits to keep and which ones to toss? It’s a serendipitous process. I listen to my inner artist and go with my gut. I look at each piece I pick up with an eye for aesthetics. If an item is unusual, colorful, beautiful or useful, it usually stays.

That is not to say that all my finds get used right away. I have a stash of trashy bits from which I draw throughout the year as I create. The stash is replenished throughout the spring, summer and fall for the obvious reasons.  Could you see me collecting trash along snowy roads?

Road Side Basics Close-up

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

On My Desk: Eclectic Paperie’s Get Altered Clock Challenge!

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a passion for time pieces. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been drawn to all sorts of clocks and watches. To be honest, I think my grandmother’s cuckoo clock started it all.

In any case, our small house is home to more than a dozen clocks and even more watches. Many of my favorite quotes and sayings are based on that all elusive quality: TIME. Was it any wonder then, that the Altered Clock challenge from Eclectic Paperie immediately consumed my thoughts? http://eclecticpaperie.blogspot.com/2013/04/get-altered-challenge-clocks.html

At first, I toyed with the idea of altering an antique, but I couldn’t bring  myself to do it. I finally settled on a new clock that we’d relegated to the Goodwill pile. So excited was I, by the vision in my head, that I forgot to take a before picture. A few steps in, I finally remembered.

Altered Clock I

At this point, I had taken the clock apart, removed its hands and face and began applying paper tape (printed with gears) to the inside edge.

Delving into my stash of clock papers, I began layering a new face.

Altered Clock II

The base was cut from the reverse side of a piece of BoBunny 12″ Timepiece Dot and was tinted with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a paper dial I had saved from another project fit the edge perfectly. The center piece was cut from Recollections printed canvas and tinted with Tattered Angels Suede Glimmer Mist and Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink.. In this photo, the canvas is being hand-stitched in place using black crewel thread and the blanket stitch, in keeping with the printed edge.

When the stitching was complete, I glued a cut-out from BoBunny 12″ Timepiece Tick Tock in the lower left corner, positioning it carefully between nine and six o’clock. Once dry, I added Graphic 45 numerals 3,6,9, and 12 from a Staples alphabet sticker sheet. Numerals 1,2,4,5,7,8,10,and 11 are Tim Holtz idea-ology Game Pieces that have been lightly sanded and brushed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Altered Clock III

 

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Vicious Circles: Trash Head

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When I first began composing this piece, I was struck by the oblong shape of the bubble. It suggested a human head to me. Soon, I had worked a gas mask-ish collage into the cavity, using the top off a dish liquid bottle and some heavy weight aged plastic I’d found blowing around.

Originally, the blister pack held a Fiskars Circle Punch. The title jumped out at me from the package print and gave me the motif. I worked with the circular shaped trashy bits to embellish the bubble. The old and rusty buttons were sewn onto the package by hand with a heavy needle, though pre-punched holes.

Vicious Circles: Trash Head

When contemplating the reverse side, circular label leftovers came in handy. They broke up the pre-printed package text and continued the theme quite nicely.

At the risk of being redundant, I humbly ask that you participate in the poll below. It was my question of the week in a previous post, but it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Remember to hit the VOTE button after making your choice.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Gentle Love

Gentle Love

Gentle Love was created using the Curad paper bandage tape packaging I love. The tape itself is versatile as an art supply. I first began using it to create my own printed tapes with rubber stamps and Staz-on inks. I saved the packaging because I thought it was unusual. Some of my first Trash Bubbles were created from blister packs like this one. I love the divot in the center of the round cavity.

To be honest, this bubble did not live up to my expectations. It is one of my least favorite. It is colorful, I’ll give it that. Again, I worked with the colors of the packaging, whilst attempting to broaden the spectrum. Layered printed paper tapes added color and interest. The addition of the Russet Burbank potato tag was a reference to California Love.

Its message seems to be, “Gentle Love We Help Heal.” Appropriate, when you consider that Earth Day is a time for us to come together in an effort to heal the earth, to do more good than harm.

That brings me to ask my question of the week.

The back is, once again, ready to receive address information. I can almost feel the anticipation in the piece as it eagerly awaits it’s postal assignment.

Gentle Love

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Litter Bug

The Litter Bug bubble hangs just below Grow Miracles on the Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth mobile. Read the original post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/trash-bubbles-heart-the-earth/

Litter Bug was the first bubble created for the mobile and as I worked, I measured all the other bubbles against it. Because the mobile was an Earth Day project, I really wanted to focus on the trash as much as on the beauty wrought from it. If not for litter bugs, I wouldn’t have so much inspiration looking up at me from the ground on my walks. However, I can find inspiration to create anywhere. I would much rather folks dispose of their trash properly.

Litter Bug

A piece of green all-weather carpet (washed up in a mild flood) made a great jumping off point for this piece. I added a crumpled scrap of smokey blue paper (pulled from my trash can) behind it to serve as sky. Bits of this and that jumped out at me from my jar of trash and found objects and soon, the bubble was nearly overflowing. The composition had become too cluttered. As I was going for a less is more approach, I removed several trashy bits and this was the end result.

Littered Landscape

A scrap of that chopped up Miracle Grow bag made the cut, as did a broken piece of flourescent lighting grate, and a fantastically rusty piece. The flower bead (found peeking up from the mud one day) gave me the complementary color I needed to complete the piece.

The packaging originally housed Tim Holtz idea-ology ruler ribbon. (Note the grommet in the upper right-hand corner which held the one inch sample.) The package is hinged at the bottom and snaps together, making it so that little was needed in the way of closure. I threaded a bit of aged gas line ribbon (found on the forest floor) through that grommet and snapped the piece shut, using patterned paper tape to seal the edges shut.

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! I’m off to hunt trashy bits and clean up the roadside near Piney Creek Acres….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Grow Miracles

The Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth blog post https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/trash-bubbles-heart-the-earth/  didn’t really do the Trash Bubble mobile justice. So much detail was missed that I have decided to feature each of the six bubbles from the mobile in a post of its own.

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Grow Miracles began as an empty blister package from a dollar rubber stamp purchased at Target. It’s rusty orange and grey gave me a jumping off point for my palette.  The orange patterned paper tapes used in this piece were also purchased at Target. (Can you guess the name of my favorite super merchandiser?)

Working with the circular bubble shape, I fitted a milk cap into it and quickly realized it needed more interest. Using circular punches, I cut circles from greeting cards we’d received and layered them together. Much better!

The leafy green of the larger circle gave me the idea to use a piece of a chopped up Miracle Grow bag I found on the ground as a central part of this piece. In it, I also found its title. Grow Miracles!

Grow Miracles

Torn strips from the orange portion of a Puffs tissue box became filler. (The patterned portion of the same box was cut into circles for use in later projects.)

Grow Miracles 2

Once the bubble had been taped shut with the patterned tape and plain paper bandage tape, I added a decorative grommet, in coordinating colors, to the top for hanging.

The Norkotah potato tag was almost an afterthought, but I think it adds something.

Grow Miracles 3

The back is fairly nondescript, ready to be addressed to a friend when the mobile is disassembled in late May after the Art of Recycling Show has concluded its run.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!