Page 1:That is really my eye! Along with part of a Japanese customs form I snagged at work, some experimental turpentine paper, a wild turkey feather and a "perishable" rubber stamp I rescued from the trash at work.
Page 2: My own stencil, vintage ledger paper, packing tape from a new hand-held scanner we just got in at work, a scrap of a transparency run through a label maker, scrap of paper rubber stamped at work and a negative from the '70's.
Page 3: Another work in progress. I'm going to add something to the center envelope. Altered photo of my feline buddy, marbled book end paper, tissue, Dyno label, stencil, black masking tape, a scrap of shelf liner and an old negative envelope.
Page 4: Work in progress. Wild turkey feather, antique crochet , vintage wallpaper. .
Page5: Plastic grid and white oak leaf found on my walk, tea bag, wallpaper fragment and other ephemera Page 6: Photo taken in the Adirondacks, old French flash card, ledger scraps and other ephemera
Page 7: Work in progress. Self portrait stencil and ledger scrap held down with black masking tape. Acrylic paint scraped on with credit card
Page 8: Ledger page, registered mail seal, photoshopped scan of my hand, wallpaper fragment
Page 9: Ephemera, red thread-covered wire, magazine photo, acetate, acrylic paint and ink
Page 10: An introductory page that I really don't like...it was Feb, so I used pink, and it turned into an intensely busy month at work, so I hadn't had enough time to really think about it.
Its worth looking again at your trash. Before you bin those circulars, postage cancellations, wrappers, bills, whatever comes through the post box, try looking with a different approach, colours may catch your eye with unusual combinations, styles may be something new with distinctive typography, some paper may have a nice texture. Household trash, that from the office and that found on the street also worth a look at. Needless to say eyes open rummaging through junk shops and boot fairs. You don't always need to spend a fortune on ephemera online and that produced for the scrappers market. Amy has been diligent in her journal pages, and has created interesting layouts with modest means. A journal can be a touchstone for future explorations, a place to experiment, an enviroment in which you can feel free, a treasure in itself, which means a lot of materials, so why not recycle and use what you can find for free. See below for a playlist of useful trash she has used
I find 'trash' to be the ultimate creative tool for my art journals...but I don't mean just any trash...it has to'speak' to me. I keep my eyes open all the time, and find a lot of useful things at my workplace in the post offic.. Truly one man's trash is my treasure. Discarded wrappings from foreign lands are like gold, especially with writing.
I have been known to ask customers if they would give a label to me rather than throw it away. It makes for some converstation sometimes! Nature's trash is another true
inspiration. Leaves and bark and lost bird feathers (must be careful how you use these, though)
Why do I do this? I think one of my strongest desires in my journal pages is to not have the viewer immediately recognize a found object.. and a main goal is to not have
some commercial art product recognized. Nothing spoils my enjoyment of my piece than having my eye drawn to something that is purchased.. a specialized tag or label, for example. On the rare occaisons I use something like that, it has to be distressed to the point of being unrecognizable!
Simple photocopies are one of the easiest pieces of trash to use...random scraps often complete a composition perfectly. To make them waterproof I use a very old technique once employed by letter writers to keep the rain from destroying the address of their carefully penned letters...simply rub the butt end of a candle on the piece...it waterproofs it clearly, yet acrylic paint still adheres to it.
I have come to enjoy the look of my trashy pages so much that I don't create much 'pretty' art any more. A natural progression of the creative process, I think. It opens my mind and expands my horizons. And keeps me active creatively when I am out and about by always being on the lookout for more trash! Amy Eckler 0908