Magnetic + recycle = up-cycle. 50% new and 50% recycle, for an art project that feels okay. Every time I go thrifting and flea marketing, I’ve noticed there have been an abundance of cheap tin serving trays. Sooooo…my recycling brain kicked into gear and said why not use these tins as substrates for a variety of art projects. Background canvas, magnet board for displays, magnet board for kid’s room to hang their own art. Heck a place to hang inspiration, mount a mirror, add hooks and whatever, use as a jewelry display. You get the idea, endless ideas, inexpensive recycle and old meets new.
So this week I made some magnets 3 1/2″ rounds of pulp coaster blanks, collage, die cut, stamp and ink and a cute brad. Simple right? Except they take a while to complete, but the joy is in the process and that’s what it’s all about for me.
Mounted on a tray I painted black…I like this idea and have some seaside versions in the works too. Christmas ornies and magnets for the Fall are coming too I think. The ones above I popped into the gift store in the gallery and I hung the tray on the wall so I can add to it as I wish. I’m working on another three trays for the art fair for kids rooms. I’ll share those next week – hopefully….
I did manage to up-cycle a dress into a tunic. I cut off the dress, added a fabric border hem, hand stitched it closed and hand stitched some added embellishments round the bottom. Simple and fun. Falls about to the knee and goes great over trousers…the dress had been in my summer clothes pile for 10+ years and I loved the color but never wore it much as it was. Rather than ditch it, I re-did it, finally.
Off to two art openings tonight, but alas, it’s raining so I won’t wear it. One at the gallery and another at a cute arty shop in the next town with a friend as the featured artist. I’ll try and remember some photos to share next time. Happy Weekend all…enjoy summer or winter wherever you are.