Sunday, March 10, 2013


You may remember the adage that says, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," right?  Well, I am suggesting we put an artistic spin on this, making the adage read more like, "One man's trash can be the same man's treasure"--or in this case woman's treasure.   My daughter encouraged me to begin recycling a few years ago, and I have been doing pretty well at that.  A recent blog post by an artsy friend talked about reusing artistically what we might normally recycle, so I have been thinking a bit about this. 

Today, when I used the last page of a refrigerator magnet pad for making lists, rather than recycling the pad, I took it to my studio.  Here's what I used to repurpose the pad:
  • gesso to seal the cardboard
  • 3 Dylusions spray inks to create the background
  • a Dylusions mask for the female form
  • a leftover piece of scrapbooking paper for the dress
  • Tim Holtz number rub-on
  • archival black ink pad
  • 3 stamps (script, handprint, smudges)
  • toilet paper roll insert to create circles
And, here's the result (now back on the refrigerator as art):

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Joy to you!


  1. Love this picture. Great instructions too.

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comments. I'm really enjoying playing with the Dylusion Inks, such gorgeous colours. I like your thoughts on recycling the cardboard and magnet for a new artwork!

  3. Beautiful upcycle. Adore finding new ways to re-use something. xox

  4. Hi Kay, I was just coming to your blog when you must have been at mine, lol!! I love this creation, great upcycling and fab use of an empty loo roll, definitely on my to try list. I will email you soon, till then take care and enjoy your weekend, big hugs, Sam xxx

  5. This is so cool! Thank you for following me, I am following you to - Your art is fabulous! xx

  6. This is fabulous Kay, I love your stencil and the inky spatters xx

  7. are so rocking these colours! Gorgeous work! Love the upcycling idea...and you have certainly given me some food for thought!! ;-)

  8. Absolutely a super great piece of upcycled art! Love the idea!! xx


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