Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Junk Mail Feather Art Tutorial

Recycled Junk Mail Feather Art: Grow Creative

Recycled Junk Mail Feather Art: grow creative

Ever wondered what you could possible do with all the piles of junk mail you get every week? .... besides throwing it away or sending it to the recycling bin, I mean.  I always notice the bright colors and think... I should make something with this.  

Well, I finally came up with something fun..... some Junk Mail Art!

Here's a little tutorial to get you started:

Materials:
  • Picture of a feather- You can download my feather drawing to use.
  • 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of printer paper or cardstock- to print the feather picture onto and glue the junk mail strips to.
  • 8 x 10 sheet of watercolor paper or cardstock
  • Junk mail
  • paper cutter
  • Rubber Cement or Glue Stick
  • scissors



Step 1.  Print the FEATHER PICTURE onto a sheet of computer paper or card stock.
Step 2.  With a paper cutter, cut long strips of junk mail.  Cut them long enough to cover the computer paper diagonally.


Step 3:  Glue the junk mail strips diagonally on the backside of the computer paper - make sure the feather picture is face down for this.  Cover the entire page.

 Step 4:  Trim the edges of your paper with a paper cutter.  Since the final size of the piece is 8x10 inches, trim the length to 10 inches here.

Your sheet should look like this after trimming it down.
Recycled Art

Step 5:  Flip your sheet over and on the edge farthest away from the feather picture, slice off a few vertical strips.  I made four, each progressively smaller than the one before.  Make sure not to cut through the feather picture here.  You are going to need it for the next step.
Recycled Art

Step 6.  Cut out the feather picture on the backside.  You should now have four junk mail strips and one feather.  Now you are ready to assemble your piece of art!

 Step 7:  Take your 8x10 sheet of watercolor paper and glue the vertical strips down to one side and the feather centered in the remaining space.  Presto!  Junk mail art!
Recycled Art


Step 8:  (optional)  You can turn the remaining junk mail sheet into a work of art by gluing it down to another sheet of paper.  Sweet!   Two pieces of art for the price of one!
Recycled Art
Recycled Junk Mail Feather Art
Recycled Junk Mail Feather Art

25 comments :

  1. Great tutorial, love this idea for using all that junk mail.

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  2. Great idea!! This is something what I can do with my sons!

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  3. Great idea!! This is something what I can do with my sons!

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  4. oh wow this is so clever! x

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  5. Neat idea. I like the finished effect, and the free source of material. I was looking at an envelope that I was about to toss into recycling one day and was intrigued by the security pattern on the inside of the envelope. I realized it was a free source of patterned paper. I have become slightly obsessed with saving envelopes now, fascinated by all the different patterns I find inside envelopes. I keep thinking there must be some way to use them in a collage but I haven't yet had the courage to try to make a finished picture from them. I think this is the trick I need to get me started! I like the balance of the clean lines of the grahic element and the riotous colors and patterns of the paper.
    BTW, do you find using rubber cement annoying at all, in terms of causing headaches? I wonder if a collage medium would work just as well without giving off chemical smells? RC has its benefits, but I never liked the smell.

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  6. The rubber cement smell has never bothered me. I don't usually get headaches from smells, mostly from back muscles being too tight. I think a collage medium or another kind of glue would work fine for this project, though I've only tried it with rubber cement.

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  7. Just pinned it to my Bird Art Folder! So cool!
    http://pinterest.com/inspiredprek/bird-art/

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  8. Love it! I will totally be trying this over the summer!

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  9. This is so creative and Green! great way to crate art with things we all have available and in abundance! lol
    Thank You so much for sharing! I'm pining this project into my Just because it's pretty board!
    Lizy@http://justdipitinchocolate.blogspot.com/
    P.S came over the Sugar Bee Crafts party!

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  10. I have to pin this! I love using free supplies that would otherwise be trashed. I love the look of your card too!

    Kristin
    ExploringDomesticity.blogspot.com

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  11. Love this idea! Pinned it :)

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open.

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  12. This would make sure a neat project to do with my boys! Love it!

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  13. This is so eye-catching and unique! Thanks for sharing how it's done :)

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  14. Such a fun colorful project. Great detailed tutorial.

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  15. I love this idea! The kids and I are going to have so much fun making some of these. :) Thanks for sharing at our Simply Create Link Party.

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

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  16. I love this idea! The kids and I are going to have so much fun making some of these. :) Thanks for sharing at our Simply Create Link Party.

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

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  17. This is such a cute idea. It would be fun to make birthday cards this way. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Kelsy
    http://looseendscraftblog.com

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  18. Wonderful idea! Looks so good on the white!

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  19. This is so creative and I love the finished product!

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  20. this is awesome...thank you much for sharing! ;D

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