Saturday, September 1, 2012

Smudger September Challenge #6 - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

This is my DT piece for the September Challenge on Smudger. The theme is to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The challenge is to create a piece that has at least one element that has been saved from the trash can.  There are so many items that we throw away everyday that can be used in art. Just a few examples are cereal boxes, newspapers, junk mail, magazines, envelops, food containers, jars, brown and plastic bags.

I created my Selkie Treasure Jar with the Selkie digital image from Smudgetastic. After coloring the image and printing it out, I sandwiched a cereal box between the image and a page torn out of a damaged book. I cut out the image once everything was dry. I embellished the image with a little chalk and some glitter. I added the words "Selkie legend" and "treasures" to the design. I glued a popcan pull tab to the back for a hanger. That way I didn't have to punch a hole into my design.

Inside the jar is some sand, shells, and a blue marble. A rolled up page from a damaged book that is tied with some really cool fiber yarn represents a scroll tied with a lock of the Selkie's hair. The jar is topped with a circular piece of the book page and random pearls. The tag is tied onto the jar with a piece of grey tee shirt.

A Selkie is a folklore creature. Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies.

I hope you have been inspired to pull out your art supplies, find something to recycle and create something stunning for the September Smudger Challenge!

I am entering my Selkie Treasure Jar in the following challenges:

The Stamp Man - alter it
Vintage Elusions - #4 romance/anything goes
LEJ - #18 anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - lets sparkle
Party Time Tuesday - #83 anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door - #33 anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafting - #91 sparkle & shine
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Stamp-n-doodle - a touch of sparkle

~following my paper whims~ wendy


crafty-stamper said...

I love your Selkie treasure jar and the folklore behind it thanks for joining us at LEJ designs this week -good luck with challenge
Carol DT x

mags said...

Very creative and great recycling. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty challenges and good luck.

Melanie said...

Nice project!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Sparkle & Shine" challenge & good luck in the draw…
Hope to see you again in our new challenge next Wednesday.

(DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

Jac’s Playground said...

Love this project so original, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week.

pinky said...

Love your project, so different. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.

Kay Dalton said...

lovely project, love the idea of a selkie treasure jar, thanks for joining in over on vintage Elusions challenge blog . best of luck x

Netty said...

Loving your Selkie treasure jar, great recycling, x

Andrea C said...

This is way to freaking cool. I love it the whole idea and how it looks. Superbly wonderful xx

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Great project, thanks for joining us at vintage elusions this week, Pauline x

Chana Malkah said...

Wonderful Altered Art and repurposing project! Thanks for playing with us at Stamp-N-Doodle!

Danielle said...

What a cool project... thanks for joining us at TTCRD this week.

Sara H said...

What a cool project!!! I love to see different ideas =) This is gorgeous!
Thank you so much for joining us at Krafty Sentiments Designs Challenge this week and good luck with the draw!

Anonymous said...

love this, and a fabulous idea, thank you for joining LEJ this week xx

Pinkies Sparkly Creations said...

cool always good when you can recycle something thanks for joining us at LEJ designs and good luck emma xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Fab project, Thank you for joining in with the Vintage Elusions Challenge and the LEJ Designs challenge
Lindsay xx

Heather said...

Such a fabulous piece of altered art, wonderful details.

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp challenge.

Anonymous said...

What a great little idea!! Thanks for joining in at LEJ Designs Challenge this week! Good luck xx

Unknown said...

Awesome idea and love everything about it! Thank you for playing at TTCRD Magazine Challenge- Hugz, Colleen

Mandy said...

Fabulous treasure jar, great way of recycling.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx