Recycle Something

Our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday for the next two weeks is Recycle Something and the design team have created some amazing inspirational projects, so please pop over and take a look.  I hope you will join us as I’m looking forward to seeing all of your recycled creations!

I always have lots of different bits and pieces to recycle in my craft stash so I decided to create an art journal page using recycled packaging, a birthday card insert, magazines, postage stamps, tags, a doily and some buttons.

I started by applying some Dark Sepia Big Brush marker by scribbling the ink onto an acrylic block and using a wet stiff-bristled paintbrush to apply it to the page creating faint lines of colour. I added a piece of bordered paper recycled from a birthday card to the right-hand of the page and then for the first layer of collage, I used some pieces of an old music magazine and box packaging which included an international postage document, some brown strapping tape which had threads running through it and brown corrugated cardboard. I tore these items into pieces and like all the collaged items they are edged with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. I also used the threads of the brown strapping tape to add texture by fanning them out on the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to hold them in place. I arranged them with three British postage stamps, from 1973 and 1974, which I recycled from my hubby’s childhood collection; they were already on torn envelopes which I left as part of the collage so they are exactly the same as my hubby left them as a child which makes them even more special to me. Next I added lines of white and black DecoArt acrylic paint using a recycled gift card to add some depth and interest. The second layer of collage consisted of some more of the brown strapping tape and some turquoise speckled paper from a magazine which I cut into rectangles and layered onto the page. Then I covered the whole page with splatters of white and black DecoArt acrylic paint. The letters are cut from various magazines and once the glue had dried I edged them with a black Derwent Graphik pen. I then added recycled tags from some bath towels, clothing and a birthday present; I adorned the tag holes with some recycled metal press studs which still had cotton threads attached and then I stuck them to the page using either double-sided tape or double-sided foam tape. For the central tag, I used a recycled doily that was used to serve some after dinner mints on from a restaurant we went to; it is torn into quarters and stuck to one of the brown tags, and the butterfly and torn brown card with the metal brad is recycled from a birthday gift tag. To finish, I added the buttons which are recycled from the button stash that I have accumulated from different clothing over the years.

Being Easter this weekend we received a couple of lovely Easter eggs from family, so I used them to make these Easter chocolate nests by melting the chocolate eggs and using it to cover Rice Crispy cereal, then filling each of the nests with homemade chocolate fudge icing and some chocolate mini eggs, chocolate covered raisins and tiny marshmallows – so yummy!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing our cup of green tea and chocolate nests that we’ve been having for our elevenses and wishing you all a Happy T Day! I apologise in advance as I’ll probably be late visiting you as it’s my birthday today so we have a few celebrations planned, which I’ll be sure to share with you soon (grin!).

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison/Craftytrog, who is hosting the Recycle and Collage challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my recycled collage art journal page!

As I reused materials to create this page, I’m pleased to join the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Pimp It Up! (reuse or alter something) challenge.

I’m happy to be able to join the Simply Neutrals Tuesday party again over at Apple Apricot where a splash of colour is acceptable so I do hope my page of neutrals with the blue is ok.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia B 175)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Recycled Birthday card – paper insert
  • Recycled packaging box – document, strapping tape, corrugated box
  • Old magazines – music, letters, turquoise splattered paper
  • Postage Stamps (British 4.5p from 1973 and two x 6.5p from 1974) – recycled from hubby’s childhood collection
  • Recycled Tags – towels, clothing, birthday with butterfly and brad
  • Doily recycled from restaurant
  • Recycled Metal Press Studs with cotton threads from clothing they were removed from
  • Buttons
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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68 thoughts on “Recycle Something

  1. IT is a fabulous recycling page Jo. Its good to see the things some may throw away being used to create such interesting art.
    Your chocolate nests look delicious, i think this was a good way to use chocolate eggs.
    Happy T day wishes and i hope you have a special day.
    Happy birthday.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. HAPPY Birthday dear Jo! ♥♥♥ I hope you have a lovely celebration !
    What a fantastic page – you never cease to amaze me with your fantastic work! This one is amazing again– every bit has its perfect place and all goes so well together! You have such a hand for collages in your specially beautiful Jo style !
    And this sounds and looks just delicious what you did with the chocolate eggs. These nests are so lovely! Happy T-Day and thank you very much for linking another amazing Recycling -Collage page to the new theme! You rock again ! So much appreciated! ♥♥♥
    Wishing you all the best for the new year in your life!
    So glad to know you!
    Hugs, Susi

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    • Thanks so much dear friend! I’ve been celebrating all week so far and we have more planned for next week as it will be quieter with the school holidays finished 😀. It was quite a hard collage for me as it wasn’t depicting something I’ve done or seen but I love how all the recycled materials worked together, thank you! The chocolate nests are yummy and a good way to stop me sitting down and eating a whole Easter egg at once …lol 😉. I made another batch yesterday – yum! So glad to know you and wishing you much happiness today and always! J 😊 x

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  3. Very nice recycle page Jo. You really used all the bits and bobs together in a great way! And those are cutest little baskets with the eggs. I haven’t had any of those coconut baskets in years and they sure look yummy, Plus they scream spring! Hope life is good and spring has arrived in your world. Happy T day-hugs-Erika

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  4. I really loved reading about all the bits and pieces you recycled. I especially liked that the postage stamps were left on a piece of the original envelope and I found your reason for this very touching too. Your art always has such soul and spirit and goodness, I just love visiting here.

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    • Thanks so much! I have so much bits and pieces to recycle that it was good to create a page with them at last …lol 😉. You are very kind my friend, what a lovely thing to say! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! J 😊 x

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  5. Beautifully collaged and great recycling Jo. Love all the pieces you used and the colours.
    I hope you have a really wonderful day – Happy Birthday dear Jo.
    Gill xx

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  6. Love how your recycled page turned out-wonderful composition Jo! Your Easter nests are adorable. I just made up little baskets of store bought chocolates to give as favors for our dinner (and forgot all about photos:) Happy birthday to you-have a fabulous day, and happy T day too!

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  7. Happy Birthday Jo, and do enjoy your special day!
    I am enjoying seeing everyone’s recycled pages-what a great theme and yours is just lovely.
    and what a great way to recycle some candy into a lovely dessert. I am still loving those pretty mugs too Happy T Day Hugs Kathy

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  8. Your recycle page would make a good poster for Earth Day. The little nests you made with the candy are so cute! And the little chickie is adorable. Have a Very Happy Birthday!

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    • Many thanks for your lovely comments and birthday wishes, you are very kind! The candy nests are yummy and the chickie makes me smile everytime I open the box …lol 😀. I hope you had a very Happy T Day! J 😊 x

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  9. A fabulous page Jo and there’s so much to look at, such a great way of using up what we would normally throw away. Your little chocolate nest cakes look and no doubt taste delicious – haven’t had these for years.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful Birthday.
    Avril xx

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    • I should create more of these pages as I’m always saving things to recycle on my pages …lol 😉. The chocolate nests taste extra yummy with the fudge icing filling 😀. I had a wonderful birthday thank you! Wishing you a great day! J 😊 x

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  10. ha, you are a collector after my heart:) don´t throw away anything, is my motto. the press buttons are the icing on the top!
    your selfmade easter nests look really yummy! happy t-day!

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  11. Birthday!!?? Happy Birthday JO!!!! Can’t wait until you share your celebration.. You know i’m a recycling nut… so i LOVE your Journal piece!! Thank you for the wonderfully kind comment on my post Jo.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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    • Thank you for your lovely comments and birthday wishes! We have had a fun week celebrating and I still have more to look forward too 😀. You are very welcome, I love visiting your blog and seeing what you’ve been up too! Wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 😊 x

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  12. Happy birthday, Jo. I hope you are having a glorious day.

    Your journal page is simply perfect for Alison’s recycling theme. I love used buttons and save all mine from clothes, too. Yours even have such different logos on them. And the snaps. I never thought of using snaps. What an inspiration. I LOVE it. Thanks for linking this beauty to Art Journal Journey.

    Your birthday was blessed with those eggs, too. I adore the little chocolate nest cakes you made. They go great with your green tea. It’s a perfect way to spend your birthday, too. Thanks for sharing this day with us for T this Tuesday.

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  13. **Happy Birthday Jo** I hope you have had a marvellous day??
    What a beautiful way to use up all those scraps and odds and ends, I’m so glad i’m not the only one who cuts off buttons from old clothing. A delightfully colour coordinated journal page.
    Happy T-Day I love what you have for elevenses they sound positively delicious..
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

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  14. Happy Birthday! I am always in awe of those that can make beautiful collages like yours. It is more work than I thought. Your Easter egg nests look so yummy. What could be better than chocolate on crispy rice cereal?!

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    • Thanks a lot! It took a while to create this page too as collage using recycled materials was new to me …lol 😉. They taste so good that I had to make another batch of chocolate nests yesterday! Have a wonderful week and weekend! J 😊

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  15. Wow! What a fabulous page of recycling Jo! So happy that you joined in with my challenge at AJJ! And, those chocolate nests look delicious! Brings back memories of Easters when the kids were younger.
    Belated Happy T-Day,
    Alison xxx

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    • Thank you Alison! I was thrilled to see you hosting AJJ this month and you chose such a great theme too 😀. I had to make another batch of chocolate nests as they taste so delicious, well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it …lol 😉. Happy belated T Day too! J 😊 x

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  16. Another beautiful and interesting collage! I love the way you layer everything and how much there is to see. Please don’t worry about the bit of blue, the overall appearance is perfectly neutral 🙂 Happy to see you joining Simply Neutrals again, thank you! Big hugs and happy day wishes, xx

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  17. I love all the cool details on your Recycle page, Jo. Snaps, buttons, label, old book pages – lots of eye candy. And speaking of eye candy – your little chcolate candy nests are darling.

    I’m late to T again. Sorry! I’ll catch up one of these days 😉

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  18. What a great way to recycle, Jo. Your page looks great, with its stamp. old writing and various flotsam 🙂 Glad to have you at Simply Neutrals Tuesdays. Your other challenges look interesting too. I will try to get my act together and do another challenge, I think…
    Sending Spring/Autumn love,
    Jesse

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  19. I’m sorry I’m so late in commenting. But, oh well, better late than never!
    Belated happy birthday! I will be looking forward to seeing a bit of your celebrations.
    In the mean time my mouth is watering at the sight of the choc eggy things. Yumm! I’m trying to lose weight and shouldn’t really have any chocolate. Instead I have just raided the cupboard and found a choc Snackajack!
    I love your journal page with the recycled things. Beautiful.
    Wishing you a fab weekend and CU Tuesday,
    Lisca

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