Creative Re-Use — Flutter Bye with a Little Friend

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What can one do with an old silk screen frame?  Well, paint/collage on it of course…I rescued some silk screen frames from a trash pile a few years back and have use them in all manner of things from jewelry racks to cork boards.  This latest has become a painting all it’s own.  Flutter Bye with a Little Friend…

Flutterbye flutterbye close up 1 flutterbye friend


What did you reuse today????


  1. Great idea…and a beautiful result.

  2. This is gorgeous. I’ve never had or even seen a silk screen before, but I like how you recycled it.

    Sorry about my e-mail. That’s why I have removed the address from my blog. It doesn’t seem to work, but I have to use it because it’s tied to my blog account.

  3. Love the butterfly in a frame of delicious color. Your stand is looking really good, that deep grey shows off your explosions of color beautifully.

  4. Great painting! Love the colors and texture. 🙂

  5. I love butterflies! And the little friend — making me smile!

  6. Beautiful canvas Corrine, the colours work perfectly. Fab re-use of trash too, brilliant!!
    Huge hugs x

  7. I love this ‘flutter bye’. One of my favorites. I had leftovers last night for dinner? Does that count as “re-use”?? LOL

  8. This is so pretty. I’ve never thought of using my old screens for anything but reusing for more stencils.

    I just transplanted a bunch of Star of Bethlehem to a better site. Is that re-use, or perhaps recycle?

  9. I love this Corrine, your art always makes me smile!

  10. what a great idea–love the translucency of it-perfect for a butterfly!

  11. I love it! The butterfly is gorgeous, but the little creature at the bottom is adorable!

    I’ve reused neckties most recently…in a quilt!

    Have a great day!

  12. So Spring! I am reusing fence wood. Well, not really reusing…it never got used, it was just cut incorrectly. xoxo

  13. Great idea! Your painting is gorgeous!! I reuse my canvas all the time. If I don’t like a painting, I paint over it. I’ve never thrown out a canvas before. 🙂

  14. What a fun project, Corrine! Just love your sweet butterfly and the “little friend” watching! Am at my sister’s on Cape Cod as she recovers from double knee replacement. Today, I brought up a metal stool buried in her basement and cleaned it all up so that she can eat at her kitchen counter and not have to make several trips (on crutches) from the kitchen to the dining room to eat. Yes, I am waiting on her, but, at the same time, trying to teach her coping strategies to use after I leave. Interestingly, the stool came from a farm that my father restored many, many years ago. This is definitely re-using in my book!

  15. Delish !
    Your trash is pretty sweet !

  16. Totally fabulous idea! And great execution…..gotta love those splatters!

  17. It looks so fresh and bright so it must just have broken out of it’s cocoon. I love how you hide little friends in your paintings, and the scribbling looks like cracked paint from a distance. Very cool effect.
    Did you add collage to the screen first? I have been trying to find the screen motif, but had no luck.

  18. Gorgeous,- love the building up of the many paper bits, and then the painting and doodling – GREAT colours, and love the little friend , –
    Hugs to you, Corrine!

  19. well you know I am partial to butterflies, but I really love the doggie image…

  20. Oh i love your new blog! Lovely!! thank you for your visit to myblog! I appreciate it! Wonderful work! Your art is very joyful! 😀 Thank you again!

  21. This is stunning! Love the colors and the little doggy 🙂

  22. Awesome as only YOU are!! I can’t believ the things you think of doing! The best thing I came up with recycling was the political advertisement that sat on my kitchen table from yesterdays election I turned over to jot some notes on!

  23. I’d love to meet a butterfly in those wonderful colors! good use for the frame!

  24. Love how the art carries right off the edges…

  25. I just love the colors–so vibrant! Great idea and I’m so glad you showed us the up close photos or we would have never seen the beautiful details.

  26. minnemie says:

    so vibrant! love it. i re-used an old shirt today – cut it up into handkerchiefs to carry us through allergy season 🙂

  27. The layers and fun that are in this make me smile! You find the best trash!

  28. That is so lovely! I haven’t reused anything today, but I love to use my diary pages from the past years as backgrounds in my paintings! (happy PPF)

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