well not really paying them but I can't wait to open them and see what kind of pattern I find inside the envelope. I have been in front of my computer screen a lot during my available work time and when I have design projects that require digital work I am away from my art studio and sitting in my home office plugging away. Today I went down to the studio to tidy up (always a good distraction/or a method of procrastination:) I have this growing pile of ripped up envelopes just waiting to be integrated into some collages...I really love the little windows they are perfect little framing devices. Getting bills in the mail seems slightly less painful knowing that I might get some free collage material. "Recycle and Re-Use" is the motto around the family art studio. I am posting some collages showing how I like to integrate these bits of junk mail scraps into my work.
This is a series I did a few years ago just for fun. I layered the envelopes in the background added some acrylic paint and some old music (another fave), added some drawing, stitching and did a foil stencil on the top.
Same with this one. Envelopes, music, postage and acrylic paint in the background and a foil stencil technique on the top. I am planning on introducing many of my foil techniques on this blog later in the Spring and early Summer so please come back often if you are interested in learning about any of these unique mixed media art techniques. FYI, for these 6x6 collages I used a paper called Stonehenge, love the weight of it and the way the edges tear, it is a printmaking paper.
These larger (10x18) collages were done on an inexpensive rice paper (I buy it in a pad). I layered different colors of pastel foil in the background with the music. The hearts are from my beloved envelope stash!
The heart at the bottom is the negative of the heart from the previous collage. I love to use negative and positive shapes in my collage and never throw away the negative from cut/punched or diecut shapes.
I wish you could see the sparkle in this art....you will just have to imagine it. Hope this helps to ease the pain of those bills even if it is ever so slightly!