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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Spooky Happenings at the Studio

Returning from a dry spell, during which my mother passed away… It’s been difficult to find my way back, but persistence is key. I let the season and a deadline inspire me. This is what transpired….

Retro Café Art Gallery held the 2015 Tombstone Swap. I didn’t want to miss out so I set to work…

Humble beginnings

I always make a set to swap and a set for myself. The results looked like this…

RIP

The Twins, Hazel and Penelope Poison

The Twins, Hazel and Penelope Poison

Bat Juice

Great Grandpa Hubert and his Bride

Great Grandpa Hubert and his Bride

Kristin, at RCAG, always gets the most flattering pics of my Tombstones…

RCAG pic of my 2015 Tombstones

The swap has concluded and these are the Tombstones I received from Linda Morgan: http://purplecatcards.blogspot.com/ Kay Pierce, Rebekka Reinsch and Gerri Herbst: http://gerriherbst.blogspot.com/. The cat is an adorable magnet from Kristin… such a sweetheart, she always tosses in a handmade gift!

2015 Tombstones Received

Thank you to everyone who missed my posts and routinely checked in. I felt the love.

I’m off to clean windows and stock firewood!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Outbound Mail Art: Another Mail Art 365 Update

Time flies when you’re having fun… and when your mind is in several places at once!

With so much going on, outgoing posts were left to pile up.

Now, to catch up!

052/365 Prince of Darkness Seeks Head

052/365 Prince of Darkness Seeks Head

053/365 Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed

053/365 Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed

054/365-075/365 Miss Birdie Thanks You

054/365-075/365 Miss Birdie Thanks You

076/365 America: What happened to our VOICE?

076/365 America: What happened to our VOICE?

077/365 EAT at Veronica's

077/365 EAT at Veronica’s

078/365 Happiness

078/365 Happiness

079/365 The Frog Prince

079/365 The Frog Prince

080/365 ARRR!

080/365 ARRR!

081/365 HOME

081/365 HOME

082/365 Legend of the Sand Dollar

082/365 Legend of the Sand Dollar

084/365 thru 108/365 were the Halloween postcards made from six-pack carriers seen in the pictures below…

M.H.W.S. (8)

Saranac New (8)

Saranac Old (6)

Nosferatu (4)

109/365 The Witch Is In

109/365 The Witch Is In

110/365 thru 115/365 was a series of six entitled Citrus Square Dance…

Citrus Square Dance No. 1 & 2

Citrus Square Dance No. 3 & 4

Citrus Square Dance No. 5 & 6

116/365 In The Round

116/365 In The Round

117/365 Disney Movie Empire I

117/365 Disney Movie Empire I

118/365 Speak(h)er Thoughts Collaboration with Matt Taggart

118/365 Speak(h)er Thoughts Collaboration with Matt Taggart

For International Banana Day, the following mail art went out to some very special Bananas…

119/365 Psychedelic Banana Mandala

119/365 Psychedelic Banana Mandala

120/365 Banana Label Mix-Up

120/365 Banana Label Mix-Up

121/365 Banana Blend Freeze Grill Mix

121/365 Banana Blend Freeze Grill Mix

122/365 Banana Go YoNanas Mix Up

122/365 Banana Go YoNanas Mix Up

123/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol I

123/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol I

123/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol II

124/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol II

125/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol III

125/365 Banana Dole Meets Warhol III

Whew! All caught up!

Now, I’m off to the studio to make ART!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!