I've established long ago that one of the things that keeps me sane is Making Things. Greeting cards, salads, model trebuchets, it really doesn't matter what. So today, I've indulged in some Boxing Day Art.
So, you're visiting relatives, with not much in the way of art supplies? Just use this handy checklist:
Corn Flakes Box - Check!
Bottle of glue - Check! (Pop will have one in the garage if you didn't bring one)
Old Magazine - last week's Sunday supplement will work - Check!
Star Punch - Check!
- You don't really travel with a star punch, do you?
Coloured pencils - Check! If these are not available, catch a small child and shake. Or go to an upscale coffee shop and ask for the kiddies pack for your "niece".
Cut up the cornflakes box into 2 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch rectangles. That's if you're making ATCs. Use some other size if you fancy postcards, or inchies, or whatever.
Start cutting and tearing up the magazine.
Glue stuff onto the cards.
Highlight with coloured pencil (really, it ties together unrelated bits, and it's very satisfying). If you start worrying about "doing it wrong", refer back to your list of materials. It was all headed for the recycling bin, so relax!
Leave in the sun to dry between layers. Works well in hot sunny Perth.
Cut out juicy phrases from the magazine and glue them on as if they were words of wisdom. Mine all came from the horoscope pages. Touch up with black permanent pen if you have one. Then photograph, put on your blog, and call it art!! Or at least, a morning well spent.