I came across a great idea for recycling magazine pages several months ago. I pinned it, planning to try it eventually, and I finally got around to it a couple of weeks ago.
I’m always hesitant to post creative projects, even though I make things nearly everyday. It’s difficult to put things out there as a way to inspire creativity in others without giving the impression that I want to draw attention to myself.
I also do not want to contribute to making other mothers feel guilty because they aren’t crafty. It’s hard enough to be a mom without the added pressure of beautiful Pinterest projects and magazine style home decor invading our daily lives and making us feel inadequate.
I just read this article by Emily Freeman (who I recently discovered has a book about art that will be available soon) on Ann Voskamp’s blog. She said:
“What if the art you make and live is a daily grace God has in mind for someone else?”
I make things because I love making things. It is restful, stress-relieving, and worshipful—creating reminds us that we are made in the image of our Creator God. And I want to share to inspire and encourage other people to appreciate the beauty and creativity God has placed in the world to point to Him.
I make things, but my house is usually messy, laundry isn’t folded, and my garden didn’t produce much of anything…just for some perspective. When you prioritize one thing, other things don’t always get done.
So…the basic idea is that you tape several magazine pages together, then stitch a swirled pattern all over it with a sewing machine, and use it as a painting canvas. I didn’t have any double-sided tape on hand, so I used glue stick and waited for it to dry before sewing. I also did not use gesso (which she recommended) because I didn’t have any.
I left the magazine page “canvas” out (away from the kids) and added layers of paint to it when I had a few minutes. It was abstract at first, but I started to see a landscape emerge and went with it.
The mountains reminded me of a verse in one of my favorite hymns, “Joyful, Joyful,” so I painted the words in the corner.
I had a lot of fun playing with paint (normally I stick to sewing and fabric related things), which has inspired me to try painting some other things. The recycled magazine page project was successful and I will probably make some more for the kids when I get a chance.