More Repurposed CD Art

Here are a couple more of those recycled CDs turned into collaged art magnets made recently.  The first is 'Key To My Heart' and the second is 'Gypsy Spirit.'

Returning To My Roots

I've been having so much fun "returning to my roots" lately.  I've been revisiting the early days of my online art career by going back to creating work similar to that I produced about twelve years ago.  Along with my miniature art (magnets), I've been doing some collage/assemblages on reclaimed CDs again.  As always, I so enjoy keeping even the smallest bits out of the trash and creating something for someone to treasure.

Here are a couple of simple little collages I did this weekend entitled, "Character and Beauty" and "Angel Watching Over."  They are made with assorted recycled papers, vintage images and stamped images.  Each has a decorative ribbon loop to hang them from (not shown), as well as a large, flat magnet on the back for maximum display potential. 

I think I'll make a few more of these.  Lord knows I have enough discarded CDs collecting dust around here!

"Virtue" And "Soar" - Altered Plate Mixed Media/Collages

I salvaged a couple of square plastic plates from going in the trash.  They're about six inches square and are bevelled (concave).  It dawned on me that they would make a great base for some kind of collage or assemblage.

So, here are the results.  Both pieces are highly textural and very primitive in finish, with lots of lumps and bumps from the many, many layers of stuff I used to create them.  It was a bit of a challenge working on something bevelled and not flat.  They are both quite dark pieces, not just in color but in feel.  Kinda gothic in some ways.  I used all kinds of recycled materials to make them and it took the better part of six months to finally get them to the point where I am happy enough with them to let them go.

Each has a wire hanger on the back.  Because of the bevelled shape of these plates, they are about a half inch or more deep.

Although they don't show up well in the scans, the little blocks on the pieces are vintage dictionary definitions of "virtue" and "soar."

Journal Pages

It hasn't been easy for me to embrace this art journal thang.  As a kid, I never was one to keep a diary.  God forbid I wrote down some highly personal thoughts and someone else saw them!  The thought of that just terrified me.  Even doing this blog is weird for me, but hey, I'm adjusting in my old age.  ;-p

Anyway, I decided to bite the bullet and start a couple of art journals last year and while I still struggle with what to do with them, I do enjoy their portability and flexibility.  I like being able to leave my studio with one, in some state of done-ness, and go join my husband in living room.  He often complains when I squirrel myself away in the studio evenings on end, so it's nice to be able to do something in front of the television he always has on.  I'm one of those people that can't just sit and watch tv.  I have to do something else while it's on otherwise I feel like I'm wasting time.

So, doodling, zentangling, coloring or otherwise enhancing my journal pages fills that need nicely.

The first journal page (called Feather Your Nest) says "Be Sure To Feather Your Nest With Love, Laughter, Dreams, Memories."

The second journal page (called Mom's Advice) has a number of sayings we all heard from our mom, including, "Clean Your Room," "Call Your Grandparents,"  "Mind Your Manners," "Eat Your Vegetables," "Say Your Prayers," "Brush Your Teeth," and "Take The Dog For A Walk."

To be listed in my Etsy store soon.  Thanks for looking!!

Magnet Madness

I've been on a real roll lately with making art magnets.  Those of you who know me from when I first started selling my art online will remember that original art magnets, all one of a kind, was my signature or trademark in the first few years.  I had so much fun in those days creating miniature works of art from all kinds of recycled materials.

So, these photos of what I've been up to today are a throwback to the good ol' days, but with a twist.  Yes, I'm still into my zetti and oddball stuff, and of course it wouldn't be the same without using wonderful vintage Victorian images too.  But, if you'll look closely some of the magnets have little snippets of my zentangle art included.  I just love how easy it's been to integrate my love of zentangling with my collage/mixed media art. 

Anyway, here's a couple of photos of the magnets I finished up today.  Can't decide whether to just give them as gifts or put them in my Etsy or ArtFire shops.  Hope you enjoy them.