What I made today. This is a soon-to-be-released die cut from Sizzix.
I am participating in a design collective with a whole bunch of other designers to see what we all come up with and this is my first project.
I will post a set of links to all the other designers and you can vote for your favorite at www.eileenhull.blogspot.com, it will enter you to win the Sizzix die!
The die cuts arrived like this:
Please note that my sender recycled the packaging from some specialty paper to protect the contents! Love that!
So I have all these "blank canvases" to express my creativity and our first "assignment" was office supplies. OK I was having a touch of the old creative block as it were.
Solution: Open a book and the one I chose is my latest new arrival:
By Bee Shay
and these pages, specifically the one that contains the sewing pattern paper, jumped out at me and said this is the direction to go!
Click on these pages to read all about how to use paper resources in our every day lives, brilliant!
This is how I made my little recycled reclaimed material box:
I had a stash of sewing pattern paper that had been used as packing tissue (so technically I was reusing it a third time) and decoupaged it onto the box with Mod Podge.
I left the tabs free of material so the tape would have a clean surface to stick to.
If you need a book that will surely take away any creative block in the funnest way possible grab a copy of:
Collage Lab offers artists and crafters a fun and experimental approach to making art. The book is organized into 52 different labs which may, but don't need to be explored on a weekly basis. The labs can be worked in any order, so that readers can flip around to learn a new mixed-media technique or be inspired by a particular collage theme or application.The underlying message of this book is that artists can and should learn and gain expertise through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result for a given exercise, yet, readers will gain skills and confidence in collage techniques, allowing them to take their work to a new level.
Collage Lab is illustrated with brilliant full-color images and multiple examples of each exercise, offers a visual, non-linear approach to learning art techniques, and reinforces a fun and fearless approach to making art.
Bee Shay is a print maker, collage and mixed media artist, and longtime instructor. She has contributed to magazines, including the Artistic Stenciler and Somerset Studio. Her work has also been featured in several Quarry Books including:True Vision ,Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media, The Creative Entrepreneur, and Re-Bound. Bee lives with her husband in the Philadelphia area and is mother of three beautiful souls. When she's not inciting the muse in her students or working in her barn studio she lovingly calls her nest, she can be found roaming outside seeking the wonders of the natural world for inspiration.