BUBBLE WRAP!!!

A friend recently shared this on my facebook wall and I just had to share it with all of you!

Reggio Children Inspired…

http://reggiochildreninspired.tumblr.com/post/76879949644/the-bubble-wrap-project-who-knew-how-beautiful

Needless to say, I LOVE it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

ICAD 2014 Week 2!

Weekend get-aways really have a way of thwarting one’s efforts to stick to the challenge. The second week found me already lagging behind. I took any opportunity I could to catch-up, even going so far as to delay my Monday post ’til Tuesday.

A Cigar Band Sampler

A Cigar Band Sampler

Day 9 was a cigar band collage. I worried, needlessly, that I may not have collected enough to cover my 4×6 card. I really liked the way it turned out.

Big Pharma

Big Pharma

‘Big Pharma’ was a collage of prescription label bits and some medical security envelope print. Not my best work, but the point was to poke fun of the prescription drug industry.

Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin

Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin

The ‘Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin’ card was strictly for fun. I combined coordinated bits of this and that to give it a vintage feel and yet keep to the S&H Green Stamp colors.

Liars' Club

Liars’ Club

‘Liars’ Club’ began with an old newspaper clipping and grew to include tape, a stamped image and vintage advertisements layered on a 4×6 index divider.

Scrap Work

Scrap Work

‘Scrap Work’ was a fun way to use up bits of paper I’d found scattered on my table top.

Security Flowers

Security Flowers

Experimenting with security envelope print as an art supply gave life to ‘Security Flowers.’

It's Black & White

It’s Black & White

The work with security envelope print continued in ‘It’s Black & White.’

That brings me through Day 15. I’m still down by two days and hope to be fully caught up by next Monday’s ICAD post. Wish me luck! I’m gonna need it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Challenge Accepted!

‘Challenge Accepted’ is the new series of FREE weekly projects from The Sketchbook Project.

This is my first time participating. This week, we were challenged to create a collage in five minutes with found materials. The Challenge appealed to me and I’m sure you can guess why!

#CAfoundcollage

A quick walk along the roadside, produced these trashy bits. I put them to black card stock and Voila!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Fragile Eco-Blueprint

Inspired by a strip from a piece of wall board and a yellow fuel warning label found alongside the road, I quickly built this quirky trash bubble.

Eco-BluprintIts message reads thus, “FRAGILE ECO BLUEPRINT. CAUTION FUEL! FOR DECORATIVE USE ONLY – NOT A TOY! FUNKY TOWN, USA.”

Hope you enjoyed the quirkiness as much as I did!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: An Assortment

I've got mail!

An assortment of mail art made its way to me this week. My mail box and I were very happy to receive such delightful goodies!

Battery operated clock parts and Fox Trot steps arrived from Mim in Virginia…

From Mim Scalin

Book cover mail art from Dean in Paris, France…

From Dean Marks, Paris, France

It was a very interesting read, to be sure!

Dean Marks Book Cover Back

The collage post card from Angie in Wisconsin has seen better days. I am certain that a deer or gazelle of some sort had been glued atop it, but only a hoof, a leg and the head remained when I got it. Could it have been a reindeer on vacation?

Angie Cope PC collage

And… last but not least, the latest Trash Bubble from Corrine of http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com/. It is quite large this time, adhered to cardboard for more substance and contains some great bits!

Trash Bubble from Corrine Gilman, Sparkle Days Studio

Thanks to all for the great mail! Hope to be putting returns in the box soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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!

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

Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth X

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

Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth IX

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!

Vicious Circles: Trash Head

Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth VIII

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!