This weekend I finally made my way over to the new location of theClever Octopus’ Creative Reuse Center now located at 2250 S West Temple Salt Lake City, UT. This company is a nonprofit company with a wonderful vision and great practices. I love using recycled and reclaimed materials in my art work and the Clever Octopus is one of my favorite places to get it.
Even the oddest thing can be turned around into art work, like these square plastic graduation tags. I thought these would make great little embellishments of cards, art journaling and mixed media.
For the examples below, I covered them in gesso, applied texture paste through a stencil and then painted with metallic paints. It is a great little technique to upcycle these reclaimed tags.
Another treasure I found were these 3.5″ x 6.5″ tags.
I think these will make a great Mixed Media Tag Art Journal. I have so many of them that it will be perfect for a workshop. I am thinking that maybe a two day workshop where we make everything from the cover to pages.
Well, that is it for me today. I hope you will try using reclaimed and reuse items on your next mixed media project. Not only is it just plain fun, it is a great way to help the environment as well!