My selection of papers coffee dyed serviette and paper, scraps from a paper flour blag, note paper, scrap paper from childrens books. I wanted to make sure that what ever was in my bundle would be earth friendly if it was to come loose and fly free. (No surprise coming from someone who composted the recycled paper plates we used at Christmas!)
I put it together in a loosely bound book..
...gave it a paper flour bag cover and added some scrap fabric (dyed with tea)
I wasn't too worried about perfect edges as I am hoping they will be a bit tattered by the end of the project anyway!
I made a small bag for it to hang in, added a few bits of left over crocheted doily and hung it out for Mother Nature to play with. My part of this was pretty easy, especially compared to all of the forces that have to come together to make the natural elements that will do the rest!
Hung on the line Dec 30th 2009.
Weather hot but gusty winds, no rain in sight!
Another project that I have been working on is one of art goals for the year- bead making.
I have made some fairly simple beads from paper wound around a tooth pick, I like the ones without words best. I would like to try intentionally leaving specific words showing so that they could be word beads so that may be next on my list! The brown beads are made from hand-painted paper and the black beads are made from plastic. I found a cool technique on the internet using recycled drink bottle plastic, permenant pens and heat. I had mixed results but I think this idea is worth playing around with! Check out this site and this site showing the technique and some finished beads if your interested. I found another site that suggested using boiling water instead of a heat gun and that method appealed to me because of the lack of plastic fumes!