Happy Tuesday! They were playing Christmas music in the shops last week and I thought – nooooo it’s way too soon – and then I managed to knock over a whole stand of knee high Santas with my bag and had to spend 10 mins setting them up again as as soon as I set one back up another would fall over like dominoes. I wasn’t expecting to see Mr Claus there either haha so it was quite the experience. By the way, Blogger is still causing me some problems, it is currently taking 33 seconds for the comment form to load on any blogger blogs, so in that time I can go fill the kettle, feed the kitties, whatever, and it still hasn’t loaded. It might take me longer than usual to leave comments while this is going on.
Today’s Art . . .
Today’s art is something I made yesterday and finished today for the current theme over on Art Journal Journey this month hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth. I choose both collage and food/drink today. One thing we grow a lot of, and eat a lot of, here, is Scottish Porridge Oats! The bag even has the flag on them so we know they are really Scottish and just in case that’s not clear, it also says “grown and milled in Scotland” around the outside of it. I never really noticed how much food packaging is actually orange! Last month I did a Halloween candy page and commented how so many of the chocolate wrappers were orange, not just for Halloween but all year round, and now here we are again, with the clementines, walnuts and blueberry packaging, all orange. I guess they are trying to stand out in a crowd but it is a crowd of other orange wrapped products!
This page is made with stuff from the recycling bin! The entire page is covered with this Scottish Porridge Oats plastic bag which I glued down onto my watercolour journal page. Since a lot of the porridge bag was blue, I ended up with a mainly blue and orange colour scheme. On the left hand side I adhered some orange netting from the bag of Clementines I bought when buying the porridge. The mesh is mostly covered up now by the woman,but it does go the full length of the page. On top of that there is another orange plastic bag with a darker orange diamond pattern on it, which had walnuts in it, and part of the label from the box of Blueberries (as you will see in the photo of the porridge, they also added blueberries to their bowl). I like to put both blueberries and walnuts in my baked (porridge) oats. The woman with the scarf is cut out of an old Anthropologie catalogue from October 2014! Never throw anything away, right!
I hid some of the supermarket branding with a gel printed scrap and a Pukka tea tag, then on the right hand side, another teabag sachet, a teacup cut from a box of decaf tea, a bit of tartan scrap paper and a Distress Oxide scrap underneath it all.
There is also some washi tape added around the page, in oranges and blues, and a tiny blue washi cat is sitting on the edge of the bowl of porridge. You can just make out the texture of the watercolour paper showing through the plastic of the porridge bag.
I used the collage cluster on the right as a pocket and wrote out my recipe for baked oats and popped it inside the pocket. To finish up, I did some doodling with a white pen and some journalling about my porridge-eating expertise – I have been eating porridge for a long time haha. I mentioned a few posts ago, that my Dad said they used to pour very thick porridge into a kitchen drawer and leave it for a week till it was set, then slice it up and eat it for lunch. Well my baked oats recipe reminds me of this every time I make it, though instead of leaving it in a drawer for a week, I bake it in the oven, then slice it up into bars, just the same.
That’s it for today, I feel good about my recycling efforts today! Time to go make more baked porridge oats! What are you having for breakfast this morning?
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, food packaging,magazine image, washi tape, scrap papers, white pen, matte medium, double-sided tape, glue,