“Letter writing is an excellent way of slowing down this lunatic helter-skelter universe long enough to gather one’s thoughts.” – Nick Bantock
If you are like me, you are not averse to peeking into a trash can now and again…without shame! Collage and mixed-media artists all know the unsung wastepaper basket can be an absolute treasure trove. It was in a receptacle of wonder that I found the discarded interoffice envelope I used as the heart of my next Artistcellar Design Team project.
The envelope was still intact. Originally used to communicate between workplace departments, with a bit of creativity I could turn it into a place to hold new notes and letters. And so the work began by brushing Ruby, Blushing and Lemon Dina Wakley Acrylics directly on to the envelope. To keep the colours transparent I mixed the paint with glazing liquid. It is wonderful to add to your paint, allowing you to get just the right amount of transparency for your art.
I covered a shipping tag with Vibrant Orange Dylusion Paint. When dry I stamped on a Gibson Girl image with dye ink. It was now ready to place. I hooked the cord around the red tab at the top and glued the tag in place. The pen nibs at the bottom of the envelope were added with stamp pad ink…just the image for the new purpose of this envelope.
I decided to try my hand at making Washi Tape. Laying a few lengths of first aid surgical tape to wax and freezer paper, I wanted to see which would be a better substrate when I started my stencilling. Both worked well. So if you are out of one or the other, you can still create your own tape. Using the Artistcellar Open Work Block I stencilled in various shades of Dina Wakley acrylics, highlighting with touches of gold. The colours held true and dried quickly. Tearing the tape was easy and gave me the finished look I was after.
I continued adding elements as they came to hand…more Artistcellar stencils (of course!), crayon scribbles, printed paper, and even a pencilled inscription. I threaded ribbon though the already drilled holes. Tied at the back, it secures my new enclosures with a bit of inspiration.
Slowing down is always a good idea. I agree that we do have a helter-skelter universe, now more than ever. But taking time to see the wonders of the world around you restores sanity and revives creativity. And aren’t these a fantastic qualities to share through the written word?
- ARTISTCELLAR STENCILS: Block Series, Halftone Dots Series
- TIM HOLTZ VISUAL ARTISTRY CURIOUS POSSIBILITY Rubber Stamps
- GIBSON GIRL RUBBER STAMP
- HAND CUT STENCIL: Diamonds
- ALPHABET STENCIL
- LIQUITEX WHITE ACRYLIC GESSO
- LIQUITEX GLAZING LIQUID
- MEMENTO DYE INK: Tuxedo Black
- OFFICE MAX STAMP PAD
- WAX PAPER
- FREEZER PAPER
- DECOART: Splendid Gold, Sea Glass
- REEVES: Rose Red
- DINA WAKLEY: Lemon, Ruby Blushing
- DYLUSION SPRAY: Bubble Gum
- DYLUSION PAINT: Squeezed Orange, Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue
- NATURAL SPONGE
- TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS CRAYONS
- INTEROFFICE ENVELOPE
- SHIPPING TAG
- PRINTED RIBBON & TISSUE PAPER
- FIRST AID SURGICAL TAPE