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:

Last week, I offered out the E6000 & Duct Tape Trash Bubble as a give-away. It didn’t go over as I had hoped, so I am back to my tried and true method of finding homes for my bubbles… intuitively making and sending.

Today, I offer up a different kind of Trash Bubble. This one is smallish in size and requires no mailing. It is meant as a gift tag, or package topper.

Back in 2013, when GreenCraft magazine published my article on Trash Bubbles! in its winter issue, I showcased several kinds, the gift tag/package topper being one of them. This was the example given in the magazine spread:

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FLY is my current example of a Trash Bubble for use as a gift tag/package topper.

FLY (front)

Made from a Tim Holtz idealogy blister pack, I utilized the design on the insert as my background.

FLY (close-up brown bird 2) FLY (close-up orange bird) FLY (close-up blue bird)

The dome-like sections provided the perfect space for nesting birdies and the theme was born. Bits of string, thread and other fibers not useful for any other projects and normally considered trash, were used to construct the “nests.” The birds went into the domes first, followed by the bits. It was tricky to strike the correct balance of bits to support the tiny birds without burying them, or knocking them off-kilter within the domes.

FLY (washi close-up)

Needing to cover up the printed information on the package insert while leaving the design exposed, I used washi tapes that supported my theme. Rubber stamp letters were then used to stamp the title on the piece before I sealed it up.

FLY (back)

The back was painted with black gesso and finished with black washi tape. I am unsatisfied with the insecure closure, so I will eventually go back and strengthen it before using it.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ll consider creating this type of bubble for your next wrapping job. Please share if you do.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Celebrating Fluxfest 2016

This week’s Trash Bubble was inspired by the upcoming Fluxfest Chicago 2016, to be held over Memorial Weekend. I have yet to decide who its recipient shall be. It might sit a spell in the studio while I think on it.

Celebrating Fluxfest 2016 (full view)

Have a ball! Be vibrant!

Celebrating Fluxfest 2016 (close-up top)

BE BOLD! IMPACT LIVES! FLUXFEST 2016!

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In the last week, I have received two Trash Bubbles from fellow mail artists and I must say, they are over-the-top amazing!

First to arrive was this one from Lucky Pierre, aka: Marla Kittler. At first, it didn’t seem like a bubble, as it came in a brown wrapping like a typical package.

Lucky Pierre Bubble Packaging

When opened, the box gave way to this:

Lucky Pierre Vitamin C

Vitamin C by Lucky Pierre

Had I paid closer attention to the sea horses stamped on the outer package, I’d have had a hint as to its contents. The tiny shells, shark tooth and vertebrae are stunning in this bubble!

The back was no less so…

Lucky Pierre Vitamin C 2016

Vitamin C by Lucky Pierre (back)

Superb job, Lucky “Marla” Pierre! I love it! It made my day!

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (full view)

Junk Art by C. Mehrl Bennett

The second Trash Bubble came from C. Mehrl Bennett. I’d had a heads-up that this one was coming and I was eager for its arrival. So much so, that I was sincerely disappointed that it did not arrive over the weekend as anticipated.

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up top)

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up mid-section)

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up bottom)

There is so much going on inside this piece and my photos don’t do it justice. It is a feast for the eyes, full of texture and rich color! Thank you, Catherine! It’s amazing!

Send your versions of Trash Bubbles to the studio any time you wish. I will be happy to feature them in an upcoming Tuesday Trash Bubble post.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

New to Me: Hand-Painted Washi Tape

Most of you are aware of my complete obsession with washi tape. If you’re not, maybe this will give you an idea as to how addicted I am…

My Washi Tape Collection

Hand-painted washi tape was introduced to me by a friend and fellow artist, Jackie Davidson. I first noticed it on an envelope she’d sent to me. The colors were vibrant and the texture was heaven to my finger tips!

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I loved it so much that I was inspired to carefully remove it and use it as the basis for another piece of mail art. Those torn bits that playfully form the diagonal? Those are Jackie’s. It was originally one strip. I added bits of hand painted Indian papers given to me by another friend, Jessica Manack.

When Jackie saw how much I enjoyed the tape, she sent me a small bit leftover from that same batch, about the size of an artist trading card. So what’s a girl to do? I made an ATC using Jackie’s tape as my background! It just so happened that Nancy Baumiller of Crow About Studios-B had just released her latest kit, Ballyhoo Mail Art, to her creative team and I had great fun combining the two! If you’d like to check it out, you can find the new kit here: http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23072&cat&page

Be Brave ATC

Be Brave ATC created using elements from the Ballyhoo Mail Art kit by Crow About Studio-B!

Over the holiday weekend, I found myself with some spare studio time. I seized the opportunity to play and created a sheet of my own hand-painted washi tape. I can say with certainty that I am hooked!

Hand-painted Washi Tape July 2015

You can see that I’ve already begun cutting strips and pieces.

Making your own hand-painted washi tape offers so much versatility! I love that you can cut your sheet into strips, or use sections. Please let me know if you try it, or if you’ve tried it previously. Keep in mind that you can add pictures in your comments by copying and pasting a URL.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Red is a Chic Partner!

Red is a Chic Partner I Red is a Chic Partner! This is my latest block-style assemblage piece. Limiting my palette provided me with more options than I could have imagined. I played to my heart’s content with all manner of supplies until I achieved a cohesive piece that spoke to my soul. My hope is that it would also speak to the soul for whom it was created. Once again, I sent my work out into the world… this was a birthday gift for a dear friend who shares my affinity for the color red. Red is a Chic Partner II As the wood blocks were untreated, I began with coats of gesso… white where color would be applied, black on all other surfaces.Red is a Chic Partner IIIOnce my color was down, I began picking out background elements. Mostly, I used rubber stamps and black Staz-on ink, but you’ll find printed papers and tissue tape were also used.Red is a Chic Partner IVWords were essential. Some came in the form of rubber stamps, some were stickers (Tim Holtz) and others were magazine cuts.Red is a Chic Partner VStencils weren’t something I intended to use, but when it came to the stark black of the “Embrace Imperfection” side, I went at it with white acrylic and a Tim Holtz stencil. In the end, I was happy with the contrast it provided.Red is a Chic Partner VIA little personalization… “J.” All of the edges were finished using the direct inking method and a black Staz-on pad.Red is a Chic Partner VIIVintage buttons, stacked and glued, popped from the center of the crisp doily stamp image. The heart with wings was a Masonite cut from Retro Café Art Gallery. In fact, a good many of the elements used here were purchased at Kristin Hubick’s online shop which can be found here: http://www.retrocafeart.com/ I love the selection of unique supplies Kristin offers at Retro Café Art. Check it out… I think you will, too!Red is a Chic Partner VIIII topped my stack with a vintage Frozen Charlotte head. Originally, I was entertaining the use of a finial, but I found I could not part with my favorites and those I could have let go, did not seem to do the piece justice. Charlotte to the rescue! It wouldn’t be the same without her.

Hope you enjoyed this piece!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

A Bubble of Distinction: American Dream

It has been many months since the creation of my last Trash Bubble. Getting back to it has been difficult, as I have diversified so much. There are always new mediums to try, new ideas popping up and of course, correspondence to be returned.

This piece was not my usual Trash Bubble. It was created as a unique delivery system for a charm I created for a SwapBot swap. Take a look for yourself.

This is the charm I created for the swap, mounted to a piece of card stock on which I had swiped some left-over paint from another project.

This is the charm I created for the swap, mounted to a piece of card stock on which I had swiped some left-over paint from another project.

 

Trimmed to fit, the card was inserted into an old Velcro  package and secured with tiny staples.

Trimmed to fit, the card was inserted into an old Velcro package and secured with tiny staples.

It was covered in patterned duct tape and washi tape to keep the theme going... American Dream.

It was covered in patterned duct tape and washi tape to keep the theme going… American Dream.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

On My Desk: A Li’l Bit of All Hallows Eve!

Most recently, I have been working on more seasonal pieces. A bit of spooky ghoulishness, if you will.

Retro Cafe Art Gallery (www.retrocafeart.com) ran the Gothic Tombstone ATC swap again. This was my first time participating and I had great fun with it.

Tombstones in progress

Tombstones in progress: humble beginnings

A bit overzealous, much of what I originally planned to include, ended up being swept aside for another time.

They turned out well, I think. Though if I’d had more time, I’d have experimented more and created two sets.

Finis

Finis

Here’s a closer look at each one:

Just yesterday, Kristin Hubick of Retro Cafe Art Gallery posted her photo of my pieces. It’s the best one by far, so I thought I’d share it with you here.

Retro Art Cafe's pic of my 2014 Tombstones

Quite flattering, I think. And I love her use of the stacked carpenter rules!

Mail art was not forgotten in my creepy antics. Quite the opposite, really. Using 6-pack carriers, I cut out twenty-six 4×6 pieces and went to town! This is the result…

Nosferatu (4)

Nosferatu (4)

Sadly, there were only four of the Nosferatu postcards. Bummer, ’cause they’re my favorite!

Saranac Old (6)

Saranac Old (6)

I had two different designs of the Saranac Pumpkin Ale carriers.

Saranac New (8)

Saranac New (8)

Finally, Magic Hat’s Wilhelm Scream carriers, with curved top edges, allowed for odd-shaped postcards.

M.H.W.S. (8)

M.H.W.S. (8)

Look for these to land soon, in a mail box near you!

Not sharing the backs, there’s gotta be some kind of surprise, right?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!