Thursday Trash Bubble: Full Head, Big Life!

The Colgate toothbrush package used for today’s Trash Bubble had been floating around the studio for some time. I hung onto it because its chambers appealed to me, as did the color. I mean, who doesn’t love a little metallic red?

I was going to remove it from its place of honor and put it in the Trash Bubble drawer… (Yes, there’s a drawer!) but then I read the small print, “Full Head – Cheek and Tongue.” Immediacy struck. I gathered a few things and got to work, never mind that there were more pressing things on my plate.

You know me and my literal translations… there just had to be a real head in there! If I’d have had a doll head that fit… but alas, we ended up with a gentlemanly skull, complete with startlingly blue eyes. He’s sporting a Monopoly top hat for the occasion. A Full Head, indeed!

As I carefully threaded the bits on the metal rod, it occurred to me that most people whose brains are full and active are known to lead BIG LIVES, lives of purpose and contribution, lives that are full and rewarding… this guy is no exception. It took me a while to locate the “BIG” bead I’d found on the ground outside a local craft store, but I persisted because I had one of my famous preconceived ideas that are difficult to shake. I backed out the rod, added the bead and a “life” sticker to the old, red, star eraser that served as his chest and began to reassemble the whole.

Full Head. BIG life. Cheek & Tongue.

I very nearly changed the “&” in “Cheek & Tongue” to read “Cheek IN Tongue.” I’m glad I left it alone. It seems funnier somehow… and I’m fairly certain folks will still get it.

There you have it! My process for this particular piece is fairly close to that of other Bubbles I create. Granted, there’s a little more planning, a little less spontaneity in some of the others, but generally speaking, this is how I work.

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy next week’s Monday Mail Art Call. I will be issuing a call for Trash Bubbles created by YOU, my readers. The call is in preparation for an upcoming exhibit; Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash. Be sure to check back for the details.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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Tuesday Trash Bubble: Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34

It’s time for Trash Bubble Tuesday!

This week’s Trash Bubble has been unofficially brought to you by Prima Marketing Inc. whose most worthy consumer packaging, meant to hold their Tiny Junkyard Findings; screw heads, became Tiny Junkyard Neigborhood 34! I was inspired by the palette of the package and the following is what transpired.

Tiny Junkyards… they’ve been on my mind for several weeks. Those three little cavities simply craved their own tiny junkyards!

While going through some bits for another bubble, it hit me! YARDS! Tiny, little yards made from junk… with tiny little houses! I knew just the thing! I grabbed my jar of vintage Monopoly houses and started hunting flat, green bits of trash to serve as yards for them.

The tale of the Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood grew in my mind as I worked. Who lived in these tiny green houses with these tiny green yards?

Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34 is a neighborhood of equality. Men and women live in harmony. There is no shame. There is no keeping up with the Joneses. They celebrate their days under blue skies and puffy clouds, lit by the sunshine of of a thousand tomorrows! There is joy and love, prosperity and abundance, beauty and peace, for all who live in Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34.


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!

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: E6000 & Duct Tape

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes, has been in the works for a while, if only in my mind’s eye.

As I do not have an intended recipient for this piece, I thought I’d offer it out to my readers. If you’d like a chance to receive this bubble, leave a comment. For two chances, leave a comment and share this post on facebook or your blog. For three chances, leave a comment, share and tweet. I will quit taking entries for the drawing as of Thursday night at 11:59 EST. The recipient will be picked randomly by the Little Guy I hang out with on Fridays. Sorry, domestic mailing only, due to customs issues. Make it fun! Play along!

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (full view)

The blister pack from my latest tube of E6000 was saved expressly for this bubble. The printed tapes? Duct Tape! That strange rectangular black thing? The back of a tiny, broken remote with a broken stretch band wrapped around it! The green whirly thingy came from the top of a squeeze pouch of fruit sauce. That red thingy? I don’t know what it is, or how I acquired it.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up top contents)

Every American knows that Duct Tape fixes everything, except STUPID. LoL! And anyone who has ever used the E6000 adhesive, made in the good old US of A knows that it’s the strongest adhesive, by far.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up bottom contents)

The American Traveler may not always have E6000 about their person, but Duct Tape? You betcha!

Americans have long used temporary fixes (like super glue and tape) because they are used to rigging things to work, or they’re lazy, or they just can’t stand to part with something that needed to be let go of long ago. Too, there’s that genuine conundrum of not knowing HOW to fix a thing and not being able to pay someone who can. Any way you look at it, Americans are the kings of sloppy fixes that seem to get the job done, even if temporarily.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up top side)

Best for creating: Metal Ribbon

This piece was a nod to all Americans whose ingenuity or laziness forced them to use one of these products to fix an integral part of their daily life. Too bad they don’t work for STUPID, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, RACIAL TENSION and the like! If you find a product that does, this girl would love to know about it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Pan Lite

Today’s Trash Bubble was made from consumer packaging that closely resembles the product it once held. These kinds of plastic bubbles offer a jumping off point of sorts and I enjoy working with them.

This piece was originally the plastic sleeve for a flash light of some sort. It had spacers that extended out from the main body, to fill the space in the box it came in and keep it from rattling around. I removed those with scissors, as it made securing the sides easier and less bulky.

To begin, I filled the small cavities with game piece letter blocks, giving title to the piece. Next, I added “buttons” to the little divots where it seems the on/off button was on the product. Then I added printed washi tape (Tim Holtz) to the edges to define the piece. Note: static is not your friend when working with post consumer plastic as it is a magnet for the finest hairs and dust, which can clearly be seen in the first photo.

Pan Lite (beginning)

Below are are some photos of the finished product. I had wanted to use short lengths of electrical wires and electronic components, but opted instead for trash bits because I didn’t want someone to mistake it for an explosive device. If it weren’t traveling “naked” through the mail, I would’ve stuck with my original vision.

FRONT:

Pan Lite (front)

Pan Lite (front top close-up)

Pan Lite (front middle close-up)

Pan LIte (front bottom close-up)

BACK:

Pan Lite (back)

Pan Lite (back top close-up)

Pan Lite (main body close-up)

It was fun to assemble. I can only hope that the receiver enjoys it. 😀

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Original Quadra Trash Bubble

Usually, my Trash Bubbles are created from one, single post consumer package. Often, they are too small to mail as art and are used as ornaments and gift tags, or are added to a larger flat piece for posting.

Close-up Original Quadra Trash Bubble (top)

This time, I broke the confines of my own definition by building a piece made up of FOUR!!! identical packages.

Introducing the Original Quadra Trash Bubble!

Original Quadra Trash Bubble

These pieces were anchored together using Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher, permanent double-sided tape and seals.

The interior packing cards were replaced by heavy paper cut to size, and folded accordingly to mimic the original.

Original Quadra Trash Bubble close-up (bottom)

Despite using trash as filler for these pieces, I follow closely the elements of art composition. Form. Line. Color. Space. Texture. Doing so turns the trashy bits into a cohesive art form.

Original Quadra Trash Bubble close-up

This particular piece is heading to a fellow mail artist in New Hampshire. You may recognize him as having been around a while.

Original Quadra Trash Bubble (back)

Be sure to check back next Tuesday for another installment of Tuesday Trash Bubbles.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Holy ICAD!

This summer has been a particularly hectic one, leaving me wishing that the ICAD challenge was a winter event.

Lagging far behind in both posting and creating ICADs, I’ll pick up here with Day 25 posting those finished pieces from my desk…

Day 25 FLY

Day 25 FLY

FLY was created with rubber stamps and ink, the large butterfly was attached using foam tape.

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Watercolor circles provided a jumping off point for stamps and doodles in Circles in Rotation.

Day 27 This is Important

Day 27 This is Important

The hubby picked up a bag of odd savings stamps at a yard sale. I had been trying to figure out what to do with them. The colors of these prompted me to use them as a back drop for This is Important.

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Playing with watercolors, I made a big circle and didn’t know what to do with it. I almost cut it out, but at the last second, opted to fill in around it with a complimentary color. I then stamped and doodled until the Dream Sphere felt finished.

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Blue Grid Bounce used scraps cut from a quadrille index card and circles punched from a bumper sticker background. Sometimes, simple is best.

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' I

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ I

Gold and Silver, Red Wheels Turnin’ is a two-piece set. I used painter’s tape to secure two index cards end to end and then layed in ink. When I thought I liked what I saw, I separated them and added stamped images and doodles.

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' II

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ II

The tissue separating layers of vinyl did not escape my clutches in Recyclable.

Day 32 Recyclable

Day 32 Recyclable

Ink and rubber stamps combined to create Jumping the Grid.

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Short on time, but eager to create, washi tape gave me the ability to create the Washi Tape Blossom in under three minutes on a previously inked index card!

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

More quadrille scraps appear in Off the Grid.

Day 35 Off the Grid

Day 35 Off the Grid

Scraps from a previous endeavor were used to create Natural Elements.

Day 36 Natural Elements

Day 36 Natural Elements

A previously painted watercolor background became home to this Doodle Flower when I was short on time, but needed an outlet.

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Ye Olde Sewing Room is a mixed media piece combining stamped images, stickers and washi tape among other media.

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Again, a piece I’d inked previously provides the background for some rubber stamp play and doodling. Can you guess what song was trapped in my head while I worked?

Day 39 HAPPY!

Day 39 HAPPY!

Don’t worry, Be HAPPY!

Off and running for some more summertime fun… Hoping to get to more ICADs soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!