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Upcycling Mailers: Part II



In yesterday's post we talked about upcycling your mail into new artwork that you can enjoy yourself or send on as artistic new mail for friends. Today it's all about upcycling packages and even packaging from your kitchen. Cardboard from packages, cereal boxes, beverage boxes...any boxes can be used and each style/brand/logo adds its own character to your art.

Adding gesso, paint, and colored pencil accents the textures and images on your materials. Don't be afraid to experiment with bright colors! 

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These boxes, inserts, and other cardboard materials can be used as a substrate when prepared. For corrugated cardboard boxes, rip away sections of the paper surface to expose the corrugation. You can adhere other torn-off corrugated pieces for texture. Paint a coat of gesso on the cardboard and then use as desired. If printed, as with cereal boxes, sand lightly before applying the gesso. You can also tear edges for an interesting effect.

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Artist Tip

Turn some of your smaller pieces into mail art. Complete both (or all) sides of an upcycled mailer. Address and stamp one side, and leave the other as is. Your friends will be delighted to receive these art pieces from you!

What art styles do you want to experiment with to make mailers?  

Text and images excerpted from 101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the Fundamental Concepts of Mixed Media Art


Angela Corpus

Angela is Marketing Manager for the Quarto Publishing Group USA. A Chicago gal at heart, she recently relocated to southern California and can usually be found exploring the beaches, feeding her newfound inner artist, and chasing sunsets with her camera. A collector of stories old and new, she's an avid postcard sender, and origami cranes always seem to tag along on her travels. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @angelacorpus



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