Recycling to Mail

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Sorting through the studio and the mountains of paper, work, journals, snippets always contained therein, yielded a stack of collage a day’s from 2010.  I saved one or two but decided to recycle the rest into smaller pieces to use in new collage constructions.

I started here…

IMG_1378cut up the whole lot…

IMG_1384Made a giant collage on a 20×28 sheet of 80lb vellum…



Added washi and masking tape and ended up with 20 postcard to mail…now to find the time to write them and send them off.


IMG_1405Meditation at work….do you recycle?  What to what?




  1. all those colors— yumm. Been to gray this winter- It makes me want to roll in your color paper!

  2. What a great idea and such bright happy colorful cards, wonderful Corrine!

  3. great idea! I have been thinking “how” to display the postcards from you and other artists maybe this is it! what do you think?

  4. What a great way to use what you found in your stash! If you find the secret to that magical time issue- please share!

  5. froebelsternchen says:

    you made a wonderful collage and how clever to make so much postcards at one go out of the collage!


  6. The pictures just say HAPPY!!!! Recycle at its best!!!

  7. Gorgeous papers, paintings and stamps (I guess) – put together, to finally
    end up with 2o beautiful and smiling cards- so great washi tapes, too Corrine.
    Are you still with your head up, or starting to get very tired, my “early girl” ??
    Hugs from Dorthe

  8. Great to see recycling at its very best!!!

  9. Brilliant recycling project, Corrine! At first, it looked like a paper quilt with a beauty all its own! But, to create many small pieces of the quilt and sharing them is even better! I guess I consider using my gelli prints as a form of recycling. Beyond that, I do keep a Staples paper box under my crafting table to catch snippets of paper too small to reuse. Since I am going to Art-Is-You in October, I need to be thinking about a small piece of art to share with fellow attendees…I like your postcard idea!

  10. Lovely idea. I recycle as much as I can, no cardboard is safe when I am around. Valerie

  11. Wow, what a brilliant idea Corrine. All that arty goodness given a new lease of life, the colours and patterns are superb. Lol I’m planning a major clear-out of my craft stash, feeling the need to go back to basics and simplify everything – you may just have inspired me to get cracking tee hee.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  12. The best I do at recycling is saving favorite papers from here and there and incorporating them into my art work or journal pages. I tend to “collect” and “save” a lot, and never get around to using a lot, I HOARD a lot, which after years is getting very old! Love your colorful plan!

  13. Great way to release and share color into the world of your artist friends!

  14. what a great idea – I have a tub full of painted paper and gelli plate pulls waiting to be cut up!

  15. Fantastic, I crown you Queen of Recycling beauty!

  16. I recycle LOTS – cardboard of any type gets flattened and stacked for later use – as you know I especially like cereal type boxes cuz they make perfect backgrounds for mail art. I have stacks of magazines from work that I cut up or use as a ‘glue base’ for my collages. I spread the glue stick using a magazine page as a backer and when it gets too sticky, I flip it over and start gluing on a clean page. It keeps my worktable from getting all gluey. I hoard string and yarn and ribbon, junk mail (though I’ve lightened up a bit there….I receive more than I can recycle), dried fall leaves, and, and, and…..just like many of us, I can’t say no to anything interesting in color, texture or shape so my art room resembles a yard sale about to happen more than an art area! 🙂 Love it!

  17. Be still my heart — what beautiful mail art.

  18. I keep anything that fits in my art room.
    My husband will attest to that.
    I have built in radar that leads to junk and I mean JUNK.
    But back to the subject: I bet cutting and gluing was very peaceful to you.

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