Rummage through your garage, kitchen junk drawer or recycling bin, and you're sure to find a treasure trove of materials you can use to create meaningful and unique mixed-media pieces. From discarded envelopes to paper clothing tags, nothing is off limits. In this CraftAble, excerpted from The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir, you'll learn how to use leftover scrapbooking papers, office supplies, found objects and trinkets to create a box for storing your most treasured secrets and memories.
Nearly every material used to create this stationery set—from the box and decorative paper to the notions, metal findings, ribbon and other oddities within—has a repurposed component to it. As you gather your own materials, think about what you might use that has outlived its usefulness in one form, but could still be used in your piece. Aged or antique objects, such as tarnished metal pieces, vintage pearl head pins or frayed velvet ribbon, lend charm and quirkiness to mixed-media art. They also allow you to contribute, in some small way, to the repurposing movement. Perhaps after finishing this project, you'll be inspired to find other ways to use repurposed materials in your artwork.
So gather your found objects, scrap paper and mixed-media supplies and start creating your own Found Object Stationery Set. Happy crafting!