Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is this page that I made as an entry for AJJ where the theme is recycling – see link at bottom of post.
The background was already waiting for me in my journal, it was made with pastels and gesso sometime last year.  To it, I added some Pukka tea packaging, some stag ribbon and another part of this box and another piece of the box that my birthday flowers arrived in. Then I finished off the page with some purple acrylic ink drips and splashes.

Since we are on the subject of recycling, I made some more journals using old invoices, packing slips, and other A4 sized junk mail.
I sewed the individual signatures together with the machine but then sewed then to each other by hand (the red thread).

I covered the spines with some old interfacing scraps.
The covers are made from old amazon boxes and the spines from corrugated card.

I was able to make four journals in total using old junk mail, amazon boxes, etc.  The cover with the birds on it is actually made from a napkin.

Speaking of napkins, I mentioned in this post, the fabric I sent to Elizabeth during the swap last year.  I found the photo I took of what I sent in the package last year which included some cat stamps, tissue papers, the fabric scrap and a hand-painted cat card.  This was along with the ATCs for the swap and the napkins.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading.

Journal page – pastels, gesso, tea packaging, flower box packaging, card kit box, ribbon, stabilo-all, acrylic ink,


Art Journal JourneyRecycle, reuse, repurpose

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Bleubeard and Elizabeth
April 27, 2023 11:47 pm

First, I LOVE your teabag art. I adore the background and the ribbon. But of course, I love that everything is either recycled (including the background) or repurposed. Thank you beyond belief for sharing this with us at AJJ using Bleubeard’s and my theme.

Second, I am in AWE of those packing slip and Amazon boxes journals you made. That is truly both impressive and shows nothing goes to waste in your home. I agree, why buy paper when you have recyclable paper that cost you nothing! I don’t order things through Amazon, so that isn’t an option for me. However, I love what you have done and how you finished the one cover.

Third, I did NOT see either the fabric OR the cat stamps. I keep anything cat related in a plastic folder because I hope to make a cat altered book soon. I even went through the folder and several places the stamps and fabric could be before I sent this response. I have NO idea what happened to either, but they are NOT in that folder and not with the bag of stamps I saved.

Jo - Let's Art Journal
April 27, 2023 10:33 am

Wow, your journals look amazing and I love your colourful recycled pages! The teabags were a great addition with the bright colours – perfect ?. It’s great you used the napkin from the swap too, I must start using mine again. I hope you are keeping well and sending you happy and creative wishes! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

Erika N
April 26, 2023 11:34 pm

You’ve had some great art time Elle. I do like the teabags. That pink is a great pop of color.And what a great idea for your packing slip, etc. journals. They should be really fun to use, and I like your hand stitched border. The covers are great, and I really like corrugated cardboard spines. They look cool. And the napikn worked well too. Thanks for joining us for Bluebeard’s and Elizabeth’s challenge. I forgot to mention that in my last comment, so hopefully you’ll understand if this thank you works for both. hugs-Erika

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