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Upcycled Arts & Crafts

Hello all,

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.

Recycled art - plastic tags

  Another treasure I found were these 3.5″ x 6.5″ tags.

Tag Art Journal Upcycle project

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!

Happy day!

Lori

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Mystical Dragonfly Mask & Event updates

Hello all,

Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that we have put another year behind us.  My Creative Schedule is already pretty full and that makes me happy.   Creativation is only a few weeks away!   You can catch me demo’ing at the Imagine® booth.  I am so excited!

Creativation 2020

Next on the agenda is teaching a workshop at the Idaho Scrapbook Show on Friday, January 31st.  I will be teaching a Mixed Media Workshop; creating on a mini-canvas.

idaho scrapbook show

To round off the early 2020 schedule, is the Utah Arts Festival Unmasked Event (open to the public from 2/7/2020 through 2/21/2020).  I am creating a couple of masks to be auctioned off at this event.  The first Mask that I have created is shown below, Mystical Dragonfly Mask.  The mask features Dew Drops for The Robin’s Nest.   Creating the wings were pretty challenging, but fun!  I hope that it will do well at the auction.  Mystical Dragon fly Mask.badge final wm

My busy Creative Schedule in addition to my full-time day job has proved to be a challenge!  I have had to rely heavily on my organization skills to meet my project deadlines.  Being busy does make me happy so, all is good (Especially when I can keep it all together. lol)

Happy day!

L

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DecoArt, Mixed Media

A Mixed Media Journey

Hello all,

While I was out searching for treasures at my favorite antique shops and second hand stores, I found a really cool vintage car (home decor piece) done in metal.  I grabbed it up right away with thoughts of a Mixed Media canvas bouncing around in my head.  I was so excited however, it took me several weeks to fit this project into my schedule.  So much mixed media, so little time!  lol

Anyhow, just wanted to share this project with you today.  I am planning on framing this 14″ x 18″ piece once I find the perfect frame.

Mixed Media Journey

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I love how it turned out and I hope you do too!

Happy day!

Lori

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