02/13/14 By Angela Corpus
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!
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 is Marketing Manager at Walter Foster Publishing. 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
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
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