Hi everyone, Keren here with you today to talk about leftovers. Mention scraps and we might not give them a second thought. Talk about small treasures, squirreled away remnants or begin saying "my Preciousss' in a Gollum styled accent and we're getting closer to the nub of this topic.
We all have things that remain- whether found items, offcuts from a loved project or inherited treasures that we've put away for a rainy day or when inspiration strikes. In a world both obsessed with saving and not wasting yet at the same time trying to promote minimalist living, the irony is not lost on us. Yet, for many of us artistic souls, the hanging on to little pieces of potential is important. We surround ourselves with things that bring us joy and inspire us.
Can the rifling through our chosen artefacts be part of the process that sparks inspiration? Let's take a look at different sorts of leftovers. How do we use them and how do we store them?
Tracy Scott used some leftovers from a previous project to create this vibrant piece.
We've concentrated mostly on paper so far. What about fabric?
There are some amazing techniques using interfacing and tiny pieces of fabric, twine or fibres.
Firstly, fusible interfacing as a backing that acts as a glue. You could easily do this with tiny fragments of paper too.
Remains of other projects can also save us having to purchase or cut into full pieces of another substrate. This piece has tiny elements that add shade, light and texture, all artistically sewn together.
Birgit goes one step further and uses all paint scrapings into her journals and art, adhering them to pages with Matte Medium.
Does this topic push your creative buttons? We would LOVE you to share what you get up to with us! A great place is tagging us on Instagram @paperartsy or why not join us and post in the PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. We love to see what you make!