Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Day 321:  I made an ornament out of a juice pouch.  I found this project on  I like it, but I know there's got to be even more potential for these juice pouches. They are such an interesting material.  I think it would be fun to make bags out of them, but the one time I tried this was a somewhat sorry attempt because I sewed it by hand rather than on a sewing machine. 
Days 322-326:  I made a bunch of magnets out of bottle caps.  I basically went nuts over this project.  I had so much fun searching for interesting backgrounds and teeny tiny pictures.  I made about a hundred a day for three days and then spent two days pouring the resin and gluing on the magnets.  Unfortunately several of them didn't turn out because the resin didn't harden.  The ones that did work out are super cute though!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Day 310:  I made another paper chain out of magazine pages.  I had so many strips left over from the last time I made a paper chain.  I also wanted to have one to put up at my house.  I made this really long and still have strips left over. 
Day 311:  I made more pop tab bracelets. 
Day 312:  I cut a bunch of stars out of a National Geographic.  I was thinking I might string them all together for a holiday decoration. 
Day 313:  I cut a flower out of a magazine page.  This is another one of those projects that is so simple it feels like I'm cheating.  I know at this point though, having super simple days keeps me going with the whole project and that more complicated projects will continue to surface as long as I stick with it.
Day 314: Using the folding technique I used on the last two projects, I created a bunch of snowflakes.  I have always loved making snowflakes.  I have been feeling a lot of satisfaction in making things from magazine paper that would usually be made from new paper.  Instead of buying colored paper for paper chains, or white paper for snowflakes, or plastic gift bows, I have been making all these things out of magazine paper.  There is so much that we make out of new materials that could be made out of recycled materials.  I am very aware lately of how this past year of recycled projects has changed me.  I think about how much packaging the things I purchase have and whether it is worth it.  Ultimately, everything has a life span and will end up being disposed of eventually.  I want to buy things that will last a long time and that will bring me a lot of satisfaction.  There is so much I used to buy that I just wouldn't think of buying anymore.

Day 315:  I made some gift boxes for the store out of magazine pages.  I have already given several away.  People seem more delighted with them than the regular gift boxes, which makes me very happy.
Day 316: I drew a robot on a book page.  This is not an original drawing by me.  I googled "robots" and this one was so adorable to me I wanted to draw it.  It is an image from
Day 317: Another robot, this one contains elements of  the robot pictures I was looking at, but is not a copy of any of them.
Day 318: One more robot, this one completely from my head.  It turned out kind of buggy.
Day 319:  I revisited this magazine/tissue paper/journal paper collage.  I added to it with oil pastel.   The black circles and blue lines are the new elements in this art piece.

Day 320:  I added to another of my collages.  All the blue tissue paper is newly added and I added  black circles again.  Adding to yesterday's collage was definitely worth it, I loved the results.  This time however, I'm not so sure I like how it turned out.  Another layer, perhaps?  (or should I feed it to a bonfire?)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 306:  I made more pop tab bracelets.  Surprise. Suprise.
Day 307: I drew a pair of scissors on a piece of cardboard.  I do adore scissors so very much.  I use them every single day.
Day 308:  I drew another picture on a piece of cardboard, this time a cassette tape.  Images of cassette tapes are appealing to me because of the nostalgia they invoke.  Annoying as it was with all the stopping, starting and rewinding, I have fond memories of making mixed tapes.  I used to paint them in bright colors with acrylic paint. 
Day 309:  I made this with a used piece of Christmas ribbon.  It was fun to make something unusual and useless, because I was just experimenting and playing without any expectations or idea of what it would become.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 298:  I made a mustache out of magazine paper.
Day 299:  I learned from an origami book how to make a pentagon shape by folding and cutting a square of paper, then I turned my pentagon into a snowflake. 
Day 300!!!!  So glad I made it this far!!! It seems as though there are hardly any days left of this yearly endeavor.  I think it is going to zoom right by me, and I'll be done before I know it.  Then what?  Everyone keeps asking me if I'll keep going.  I might keep making at least a project a week for a while.  It seems as though recycled art is now a part of who I am.  For day 300, I made another modular origami sphere, this time out of magazine paper.  Each little flower piece that becomes part of the sphere starts out as a pentagon, which is why I taught myself the pentagon making technique yesterday.  It is made from twelve little flowers all together. 
Day 301:  I made some more magazine page bows.  These are the smallest ones so far, much smaller from the very first ones I made.  I made them all from the same magazine page.
Day 302:  Another set of bows.  I really like the black and white ones!
Day 303:  And more bows!!!  After all, tis the season...
Day 304:  I made a bunch of rolled magazine circles for my art piece I've been working on (see day 287).  I made about 10 little circles.
Day 305: I was hanging out at a friend's house and he had a Christmas origami book with instructions for a paper gift box. I made this funny little box out of a couple of Rolling Stone magazine pages.  I liked the combination of the guy with the nerdy glasses on the lid with the text on the inside.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 293: More rolled magazine circles.
Day 294: Busy with travelling for the Thanksgiving holiday, I did a super simple project. 
Day 295:  This was first day I've been really sick since I started this yearly project, and on Thanksgiving day!  So, I allowed myself another super simple project.
Day 296:  I saved a bandaid box and used it as the cover for a book.  I filled the book with folded pages from the physics book I used for my project on days 154 and 155, so the pages have writing and numbers on them that go vertical instead of horizontal.  I mostly wanted to try a book making technique that I've never tried before.  When making thick books, you have to make several "signatures" which are sections of folded pages, that then need to be sewed to each other using what is called the coptic stitch.  This book is made of about 10 signatures.  It was fun doing the research and trying this technique out! 

Day 297: I made another magazine collage.  When I make these I feel like I am playing rather than creating a piece of art.  I'm just gluing together pictures that reflect my mood at the moment.  For this one, I was dreaming of dancing, playing, running through sprinklers,and being joyful.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 286: I made another magazine page collage.  I was just letting myself play, cutting up a fashion magazine.  I tend to find fashion magazines annoying because most of the styles they contain I don't relate to in the least.  I don't in general like crazy heels, constrictive clothing, ruffles, frills, sparkles, etc. (except on the rare occasion). I do, however, like the men's inspired clothing these girls are wearing and I do like a hint of lace.
Day 287: I glued together all of the circles that I  have been making out of magazine page strips.  I love the result so far!  I want to add onto this piece as well as make several more similar pieces.  They can all hang together to cover a large wall.

Day 288: A friend of mine who is a chef gave me a bunch of unused plastic lids left over from food containers.  I made these flowers by cutting out a flower shape, coloring it with marker and heating it up for a few seconds so that I could shape them. I have to admit that they look a lot better in the photograph than in real life.  Oh well, I guess I'll have to figure something else out for the remaining hundred lids... 

Day 289:  I finished the "freak" definition I was writing out of magazine letters.
Day 290: I was trying to make something different out of pop tabs, and I did: something different and weird.  Despite that it is weird and not knowing what it is, I like it.
Day 291: I made some more magazine page bows.  These ones are a little smaller and cuter. 
Day 292:  I made 33 pop tab bracelets.  I sat down with a big pile of tabs, and didn't stop till I used them all up.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 278:  I drew another picture in the book I've been drawing in.  I found this picture from a magazine page.  I think it shows both my lack of skill in drawing and the potential I have to be good if only I put more effort into developing that skill.  I think it's funny that she looks like she has spikey hair on top of her head.
Day 279 and 280:  I made a bag out of magazine pages.  It doesn't have a handle yet and I think it needs some sort of coating to protect it, but I do like the mix of colors. 
Day 281:  I made a cute little basket out of magazine pages.
Day 282:  I had a bunch of magazine strips left over from the day before, so I wove them together.  I'm not sure what this is yet, a mat, a bookcover?  Anyhow, it was fun to make and it looks pretty.
Day 283: I guess I'm on a bit of a magazine page kick.  I made a collage using pictures of a Ford tractor, buildings cut into strips and pieces, and strips of a picture of a lake.  Oh, and a circus girl on a hoop, the most important part of the picture.
Day 284:  I decorated another jar lid.  Oh my.
Day 285: And another jar lid!!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 268:  I cut up more cardboard tubes for my room divider, but didn't glue them on yet.  Some days this is about all the project I can squeeze in.

Day 269 and 270:  I cut up an entire 80 page catalog into strips on the first day.  The following day I made them into a paper chain.  They went a lot farther than I expected, so I have a fairly long chain and enough strips left over to make several more this length.  I am excited that this chain is going to be part of the holiday decorations at Seconds Eco Store.  I think it's going to look beautiful hanging in the window.
Day 271: One of the things about making something every day is that some days you are going think you have a great idea and get all into it only to find yourself asking yourself the next morning, "What the heck did I make and what am I supposed to do with it?"  I have had quite a few of these interesting objects manifest in the past year and here is another one.  It is a piece of cardboard I painted black, cut out some circles, and stuck film canisters into.  My idea was to either use it to store little things in, or have it be an interactive art piece, where there is an interesting object inside of each canister that the viewer can remove the lid to discover.  At this point though, I am only finding the oddity in it.

Day 275: I made a star out of a tin can.  I punched a design into it using a nail .  I find it somewhat interesting, but being in New Mexico where a lot of fine tin work has been done, I'm not impressed with my own attempt at it.  The edges are still sharp at this point and I should sand them down, that is if I want it to be some sort of decoration, rather than a lethal weapon. 
Day 276:  I took an old children's book, removed all of the pages, and rebound it with some blank art paper.  I kept a few of the story pages and put them in with the blank paper to make it a little more interesting.  I enjoy the process of making a book, cutting out the paper and sewing the pages together by hand.  If I make more of these, I'll have to find some recycled paper for it, but I just used some paper from a sketch pad I already had.  The thing that makes me very happy about this book is that I brought it into the store to try to sell it, and it sold within the first hour.  It made my day!
 Day 277:  I made a few tags out of a Annie's mac and cheese box, for my books and my milk carton photo album.  I felt as though making a tag with my name on it is showing more pride in my work than I have done in the past.  I often just put a price tag on my crafts without any mention of myself as the artist.  I was hoping that this would help to elevate them, because I think people see more value in things that are presented as if they have value, rather than dismissing the hard work and love that went into them.