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stuff and stuff! [Dec. 26th, 2012|02:09 pm]
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Hello TQC

I have lots of craft stuff.  Like, I hate to throw away solicitations and magazines that I get, and because I live in an apartment I get bi-weekly supermarket things and yadda I save them thinking I'll do something with them.  And other junk.  I have different colored paints too- pretty much any color you can imagine.  Yarn, old buttons, glitter, glue, random odds and ends....all kinds of things.

My question is, if you could do one giant master project with all of the crafty things I mentioned (and/or others you might have), what would you do?  A bunch of little things?  One big thing?

If you've already done stuff, will you post your pictures so I can stand in awe of your craftiness?


EDIT:  this totally does make me sound like my apartment is full of junk and I am a crazy hoarder.  When I say I have a lot of stuff, I mean I have one plastic tub that is half legit crafting things and half paper and such, tucked into my closet.  I am crazy, just not in that way.  

[User Picture]From: grrillaesthete
2012-12-26 08:24 pm (UTC)


Unless it's an image you're really drawn to, throw that shit away. There's not enough room in an apartment for that level of collecting.

I know this from experience. I like to magpie shiny things, but I a) never use them and b) don't have enough room for the hoarding.

If you want to use them, make some cards to send to people through the year.

Paints and yarn and such are a different than the adverts, since you can use that for all kinds of different projects, but all the paper ephemera? Toss it. There will ALWAYS BE MORE.
[User Picture]From: sluice
2012-12-26 08:33 pm (UTC)


Yeah....instead, I'm going to use them.
[User Picture]From: grrillaesthete
2012-12-26 08:41 pm (UTC)


Like I said, cards are a great way to use up mixed media.

Make mix CDs (physical) and collage a cover for it.

Make inspiration boards.

Make paintings with images/words in the painting. Is a decent blog for ideas, or google image "mixed media collage art."

Use it as a base for papier mache.

It's hard to provide suggestions for art projects, since art is so personal.

When you do get around to making stuff, please show us in the update comm! Good luck.
[User Picture]From: sluice
2012-12-26 08:56 pm (UTC)


I shall! Thanks. And thanks for all the suggestions. I have a big shower curtain, wondering if I can modpodge something on it and hang it like a tapestry...I have a blank wall in my living room that bugs me. I want to cover it with something ridiculous and colorful. We shall see.
[User Picture]From: bangogirl
2012-12-26 09:15 pm (UTC)


Newspapers/ads/circulars/magazines have acid and lignin in them so I wouldn't expect to make anything that is going to last long and not just deteriorate over time (also eating away at any photos you paste next to/on to them).

I can understand saving magazines for reading later or making a collage or two out of on an inspiration board, but it sounds like you may have too much. I would first sort through everything and just save what you really love - not just what you can't bear to part with because you never want to throw anything away (also...recycle! Don't just throw away! You don't have to actually *create* something new out of trash to be recycling, you can use the bins!)
[User Picture]From: sluice
2012-12-26 09:27 pm (UTC)


I do need to see what the deal is with recycling where I live. I think I have to haul everything I want to recycle over to a location.

I'm not worried about it lasting for years and years, but I do like to make stuff and I am not going to just throw those magazines away. It's a box of stuff for sure. I didn't know asking for ideas would spark such strong opinions about it! Interesting.
[User Picture]From: bangogirl
2012-12-26 09:33 pm (UTC)


I imagined you buried in mountains and mountains of ads and magazines like on Hoarders. If it's just a few things, then you could do something with that to get rid of it. make a magazine pinata, or do that thing where you bake a photo onto a clear glass plate or whatever and then draw funny mustaches on the people. I don't know.
[User Picture]From: sluice
2012-12-28 04:01 pm (UTC)


I love those ideas!
[User Picture]From: spacefem
2012-12-26 11:37 pm (UTC)


Personally I have a rule at my house that if it's been sitting around for a year, it goes to goodwill. That goes for craft stuff too, I just finally admitted that I won't make all the things my pinterest-y mind dreamed that I'd make.

But if you want to make one giant pile of yard/glitter/glue/newspaper and call it wonderful go you. I'd make a rocket ship. Lots of potential there.
[User Picture]From: sluice
2012-12-28 04:03 pm (UTC)


I call everything I do wonderful. That's my rule. If I made a big pile of yarn/glitter/glue/newspaper, I would probably just jump into it and call it burlesque.