Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tree on CDs - Recycle Art

Captured Tree, ~9in. x 8in., acrylics on compact discs

I have been making a huge effort lately to stop saving things. I am a "reformed pack rat." Lately, the Goodwill or Salvation Army has been visited with numerous boxes and bags of stuff. Andy loves to joke that I can fit 1,700 square feet of things into a 900 square foot apartment. Andy is not kidding that I have to keep the "saving" under control! 

Recently, I found a few compact disks that could no longer be used because of all of the scratches. I kept trying to throw them away, but I kept digging them out of the trash can. Finally, I decided to play with them using encaustics. 

Encaustic art is created by using beeswax. I tried to use encaustics on the CDs, but the experiment failed. The CDs do work well under the encaustic paper for random designs, but not as a "canvas." I finally decided to just use acrylics, and the photo shows how that experiment worked. 

Should I mount the painting on a support, or leave them "free standing?" The background in the photo is the grey carpet (paint catcher) in my studio. 

Smiles! 
Angeline Marie of 

4 comments:

JJ said...

Wow! My vote is free standing.

Jason L. Eldridge said...

I have to vote for a 10x10 shadow box. (so long as it is properly lighted of course).

Jason L. Eldridge said...

If you go for something like a shadow box use some spacers to give it dimension. It will look as if free floating in the shadow box. Just a quick thought.

Angeline-Marie said...

Hmmm, both of you have almost the same idea. Not sure I am thrilled with trying to light a shadow box, but who says it has to be in a box at all? Perhaps putting spacers between the CDs and the wood would work well!

I am very happy that these blog posts and comments are archived. I have an entire "book" for reference when I need help or a memory jog!

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