Last week I talked about collecting found objects. There are times when I see things that I can not pick up and take with me though. Textures. I discover beautiful textures all around me and collect them the only way I know how, through the tiny lens on my phone. From intriguing fruit at the grocery store that I’ve never heard of before to an old dilapidated metal post.
When I can, I will use these textures in my artwork. Here is an example where I took a print of one of my texture photos and added it to a mixed media canvas. After stripping the paper backing I had a flexible plastic like piece of material that wrinkled slightly when I adhered it to o the painted canvas adding depth.
This 6″ x 6″ mixed media canvas is available in my Etsy shop here.
Found objects, like a true magpie, I find them everywhere. Though not all sparkly, actually most of them tend to be rusty and worn, yet still they glisten in the light calling my name asking to be picked up. I find them along my way during life. Whether it’s in the parking lot at a local printer that I am visiting for a press check or walking through the parking lot when I’m out grocery shopping.
Then there are times that I save things that are worn out or broken so that I can repurpose them, giving them new life.
I wanted to share with you part of my collection. A map from 1948 that I found in book that was used in a photo shoot. A couple of nice feathers from a trip to the partk with my kids. Some buttons from my grandmothers old button box. Some guitar strings from my husbands guitar. Some old smashed, rusted bottle caps. Some jewelry that I discovered at a garage sale. An old plastic key from some toy handcuffs that I have already spray painted. Some silver spoons from the antique store down the street. (I already cut off the bowl of the spoons and made necklaces.) I think there may be a few more pieces in there too.
What are some of your favorite things?