Did you think you would get off with me not recycling something for April? Of course not. This is from April 21, 2013, and I apologize for the poor quality of my photos taken with a camera that had no settings.
How I saved a cracker box from the trash
Do you often wonder what you could do with those cardboard boxes that seem to pile up in your recycle bin? Here's one idea!
5 in 1 (spreader)Masking tape
Empty cardboard box (not corrugated)
Kraft paper used to cover my self healing mat
I had already taped the bottom and sides of this box when I realized I had grabbed the low tack tape. However, I felt it would work fine, since it would soon be covered.
I began by trying to spread the joint compound as smooth as possible, then decided I preferred the texture better, so added more joint compound and "roughed" the piece up a bit. I allowed the front, sides and back to dry, then added joint compound to the ends.
Next came the paint. The Clark and Kensington paint was free from ACE
Hardware. They gave a quart away free one weekend earlier this year.
The other two paints were also free from my Household Hazardous Waste
Swap and Shop. I will never have to buy paint again, since I have such a
great resource as my HHW Swap and Shop.
I added Dusty Rose, a pale pink I thought would be darker. I wasn't
exactly thrilled with the outcome, but it was too late to stop now. I
mess paint to dry, then
painted the back using the first paint. Those white spots are actually
wet paint under the poor lighting in my basement studio. I allowed this
to dry for two days, because it was so cold and a bit damp in my
basement studio. Once dry, I brought it upstairs.
Upstairs in my main floor craft room, I sprayed some vintage sheet music with spray mists, including some pink I made on Day 1, then sewed the quote:
The heart wants what the heart wants.I tipped the box so you could better see the piece, then decided, due to my really old camera, that position didn't show it as well as I hoped.
~attributed to Woody Allen
This position was a bit better, but the color was a bit dark. You can tell the box stands on its own and could pass for one of my wood pieces. I used one of Annette's (Voodoo Vixen) roses she sent me last year. Odd that it would take so long to find a use for this beautiful handmade flower.
The color is all wrong here (and didn't respond well to anything I tried in Photoshop), but this shows the texture of the piece and the dimension of the flower.
Today is Day 21, and I recycled a cardboard box, used some free paint, colored and repurposed some vintage sheet music, and incorporated a beautiful flower I received as a gift from my friend. I would call this a great art day!