I procrastinated a bit on this week’s creativity challenge. It was a simple task: create your initial. We could create it with anything we wanted.
This seemed simple enough to me (which is why I procrastinated). How hard is it to make an ‘L’? As I was thinking about what kind of materials I wanted to use the other morning, I looked up and saw a Starbucks bag on my counter (surprise!), and thought it would be perfect. (I recycle paper bags in all sorts of ways, I think you could say I have a fondness for brown paper.) As I emptied the pound of Casi Cielo into my canister, I thought the foil package might be fun to use. Then I found the cardboard envelope that had held a gift card. That would work too!
So, I had some materials but didn’t really know what I was going to do until Thursday evening when I finally took a few minutes to make it. After a hunt for my paper scissors (which made me realize how desperately I need to clean up my workroom), I made it quickly and without much forethought. I like working that way, just by the seat of my pants. I probably won’t make any great art that way, but I surely enjoy doing it.
When I started cutting up the bags, the foil one was a bit of a mess but my workroom smells heavenly! I cut not one but two Ls out of pale blue cardstock, found a piece of cardboard and layered it on the paper bag (with handle still intact to act as a hanger). I felt I needed these layers to act as a sort of substrate. I then just layered the remaining bits along with some buttons, a few stitches, and other bits and pieces. True to my paper-loving roots, I inked the edges of most of the paper pieces and added a few inked highlights.
So there you have it, my junk art initial. I could definitely do some more to it and I could enjoy making some other Ls, but for now, this is fine. Wasn’t that fun?
On to the next challenge!
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