Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Create Your Own Luck!

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

Today’s Trash Bubble is a piece I began and stalled on years ago… If a piece is beginning to feel forced, I’ll set it aside and return to it another time.

Recently, I revisited this one because the colors appealed to me. It was originally the packing for a roll of washi tape whose pattern is printed across the bottom in pink and brown. I’d added the brown horseshoe tape across the top before abandoning it.

“Luck,” it kept whispering….

This morning, I listened to an audio file by Beth Kempton… ‘How To Be Lucky.’ As you can imagine, it had a profound effect on the direction of this piece. The result is the intuitive bubble pictured above.

Imagine! Creating our own luck! Orchestrating our own dreams through self-fulfilling prophecy! Walking with the Creator in perfect harmony, instead of struggling on alone and miserable.

We all have the power to create our own luck. We need only seize it.

“Create Your Own Authentic Luck! This Way… Handle With Care! Good fortune takes preparation.”

The horseshoe tape, the 7 and the wishbone all serve as visual good luck totems. The bubble was sealed with plain transparent tape, rather than add another competing pattern or color to the whole.

The style of this piece and its resulting message are reminiscent of my very first trash bubbles, two of which are pictured in the blog’s header.

Trash Poetry is, for me anyway, an intuitive message that emerges in the creation of the piece. It begs to be set free and delights in its expression. This one is no exception.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Embrace Your Vintage

For a while now, I’ve been considering a monumental milestone… I am approaching the half century mark at warp speed. There is no stopping it. I can’t hit the pause button, or rewind to an earlier time. I am powerless.

What does one do in such a situation?

Not sure about the rest of you, but I constructed a Trash Bubble encouraging myself to Embrace Your Vintage.

It all began with the dread fifty brings and a used wine cork.

Recently, I’d saved the packaging from a Faber Castell Big Brush Pen because I liked the scrolling design printed on it. It made the perfect housing for my bubble.

As I considered the cork, the word VINTAGE kept nagging at me. I’m so vintage, I’ll soon be an antique! But wine, fine wine, gets better with age, right?

It was time to begin looking at possible items for inclusion with an eye toward supporting that old adage.

My husband had found the old grape bunch button not too long ago and it fit the theme, so it went into the pile.

Digging through my bits of this and that, I turned up the vintage automobile, a small piece of rusty upholstery trim, a rusty bit, a sales tax token and tea bag wisdom. “The paradox of age:” it says “The young want to be old and the old want to be young.” Perfect!

The year would have to be incorporated inconspicuously… bingo balls and markers are always good for that.

The ideal placement for the cork left room at the top and bottom. I took that opportunity to hang a feminine charm from it and added a vintage political thimble (Vote so-and-so for Sheriff) that had seen better days, topped with apiece of brass hardware.

The whole thing was sealed up with washi tape and brads.

Voila! I now have a talisman to Embrace my Vintage! Any time I start panicking, I’ll just meditate on the the message it bears.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Wishes and Stars

One of my big goals for 2017 is to re-purpose my ENTIRE STASH of consumer packaging into Trash Bubbles. I can’t even tell you how many pieces I have waiting in the wings… probably hundreds!

Creating Trash Bubbles is, for me, an intuitive process that can’t be forced. It sometimes takes weeks or months to complete just one.

Working on several at a time is ideal for me because it gives me variety. Often when I’m stuck on one, another will grab my attention. In this way, I can keep working and making progress.

Last week, I snapped this pic as I began working on several bubbles…

This week, I managed to finish this one, Wishes and Stars.

It’s a very personal piece for me, filled with encouragement to “Reach for the Stars… Endless possibilities… Warning: Dreams can happen!” echoing all manner of affirmations that have been presenting lately, as I firmly set my intentions for the remainder of the year.

Often, I use a vintage bit, if not true trash, centrally in the bubble. This vintage Westinghouse button helped to anchor the affirmations. Like some of my other bubbles, this one is interactive. All but three of the stars are loose inside and when jiggled they float around… it reminds me of that little vintage game that you shook to get the balls to fall into place…. Please tell me that you remember it, too?

The back side of the packaging got a little workover, too. It tells one that “When you SHAKE it you can transform your LIFE!”


In the end, I was pleased with the way this bubble morphed from glow-in-the dark stars and planets packaging into an encouraging talisman.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Redux & Received

The closer I get to the Black Mountain School trip, the more I find I have on my plate. Rather than ignore the blog and all of you, there will be times when the posts are simplified. This is one of those times.

For your amusement, I offer this Trash Bubble, one of the original bubbles from my Winter 2013 GreenCraft article…

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DREAM BIG: The Inner Critic Silencer

This piece was born of a desire to silence my own inner critic. Recently, I had the opportunity to dig it out for a fellow artist. I thought they might benefit from the messages it contains… DREAM BIG! PLAY! Inspire! Express yourself! Imagine! AND… the sides not shown in the pic say, Treasure Dreams! Discover! Create Art!

The police car is a stress reliever, meant to be squeezed, so it’s soft and lightweight. It made for a powerful message bearer, don’t you think?

Received late last week was this piece from Linda French…

Bubble of sorts from Linda French

One of an ongoing series, “Junk of Which I am Now Getting Rid.”

About this piece she says, “Dear Lynn, Every couple of weeks I have to sort out and clear the decks. It sometimes takes half a day. This is neither the caliber of art nor the quality of goods that I see in your Trash Bubbles series. I’m sending it anyway. With all the good will I can muster in my now-depleted state, Linda French 55616”

Can you say, “Bubble Love” folks? Look at that full, unused package of 7mm red pom poms! Looks like unused Rudolph noses from a child’s craft project! I absolutely L ❤ VE it! The rubber stamped images, the silk flowers, the gold chain… all on a piece of cardboard packaging! Secured by a rubber band, staples, glue and a yellow paperclip worthy of Bert’s collection!

Yep, it was a good mail day when this arrived! Thanks, Linda!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Strange Abacus

This week, I finally finished a bubble I began neigh on three years ago. It’s amazing what one finds in the studio detritus when cleaning and organizing!

Strange Abacus

This bubble manifested from part of a Tim Holtz blister pack. It was the insert that held things in place. I strung beads from end to end through each row, allowing them to move freely within their sections. Once done, I found a 4 x 6 index card on which I’d been playing with inks and stitched the pack to it.

Not so sure that I like the end result, but there is something to be said for it being finished at last!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: REDO

This morning, while trolling facebook in an attempt to wake up so I could get on with the business of my day, it was brought to my attention that the opening of the the local Art of Recycling show was THREE years ago today. Hard to believe.

Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth IV

How fortunate for me, as I was trying to figure out what to post today. I’d not created a new bubble for this week and I’ve no time to hurry one through.

This post is a prime example of the “work smarter, not harder” attitude that I am trying to embrace when it comes to my art.

I hope you’ll enjoy this look back at my piece for that show, Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth. It is a mobile comprised of SIX Trash Bubbles. This is a retrospective of the blog posts that feature the piece, beginning with its inception.

Enjoy!

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/trash-bubble-project-for-a-local-recycled-art-show/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/trash-bubbles-heart-the-earth/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/out-and-about-local-art-of-recycling-show/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/going-mobile/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/grow-miracles/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/litter-bug/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/gentle-love/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/vicious-circles-trash-head/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/road-side-basics/

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/kitchen-trash/

Road Side Basics Close-up

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Think Green!

Next Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day.

This week’s bubble found me thinking a good deal about Earth Day and what it means to Think Green!

Think Green!

Think Green!

Think Green! (BREAK FREE!)

BREAK FREE!

Think Green! (THINK)

THINK

Think Green! (GREEN!)

GREEN!

Think Green! (Green by design.)

Green by Design.

Think Green! (trashy goodness)

trashy goodness

Think Green! (Red Hot)

Red Hot trashy goodness

Think Green! (bottom)

bottom view of trashy goodness

If one were to “read” the trash poetry of the bubble, it goes like this: BREAK FREE! THINK GREEN! Green by design. (It’s) RAD… Red Hot!

Onto other Trash…

A special treat arrived in the mail from C. Mehrl Bennett over the weekend. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse…

Fracked Planet by Catherine M. Bennett

Fracked Planet by C. Mehrl Bennett

It must be said that I love the way she incorporated the Global Moon stamp into her piece! Get it? Unless I totally misread this piece, the marble is Earth! I’m fairly certain that this arrived intact, despite being slightly crushed. If there’s something missing, I’m sure C.M.B. will tell us in the comments.

Fracked Planet C.M.B. (back)

Fracked Planet (back)

Bonus bits on the back included the artistamp collab with Matthew Stolte of Madison, WI and MAKE ART NOT CENTS. Gotta love it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!