Junk mail. Even if you are on the blocker lists, you still receive it. What to do with it? Make art. of course! You'll need:
*Two envelopes, one unused (the kind that come inside your credit card offers and such)
*Letters (the size of your book depends on how many you use)
*Cover Paper (I used scrapbooking cardstock, but you could use any heavier weight paper)
*Scrapbook or other paper for end papers
*Tape (masking, and I also used gaffer's tape for the spine)
*Gesso (found in the art section, this semi-transparent white medium prepares your paper for painting)
*Paint, papers, and other art supplies to fill your journal with!
Slip the flap of the unused envelope inside the other envelope.
Tape the intersection on both sides to create the spine.
The book is constructed pamphlet style, so keep those letters folded. Turn the letter horizontally, and glue one end to the inside of one envelope. Fold the rest of the letter over it (it should do this naturally, from the fold lines that already exist).
To reinforce the spine (and make it look pretty) I used gaffer tape along the outside. Gaffer tape is a flexible, cloth tape that can be found in scrapbook stores and where book binding supplies are sold.
Gesso the pages to prepare them for your fabulous artwork! Some junk mail is brightly colored, so you may need a few coats, or you could cover the page with tape, paper scraps, recycled paper bags... use your imagination!
Above are a few pages from my book. You can see a simpler book using just envelopes on this post. That's all there is to it! If you make your own journal, be sure to post a link in the comments. I'd love to see it!
Wow! You know, I CAN'T WAIT to get the mail today! I want to start working on this as soon as possible! Great ideas; thanks for posting them for us! :DReply
very very nice. i love how you have put this book together.Reply
Very cool idea, trash to treasure for sure!Reply
this is such a creative idea! i love it! as i get older, the more and more junk i get in the mail. i hate throwing it out because of the waste of paper. and recycling works, but recycling factories still punch out so many toxins into the air. this is a great way to recycle those silly papers you don't need! :)Reply
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love ur art!
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I can see this being a project for "A week of my life" where the content would reflect on my week, either a grocery list, the hardware store flyer, some doodles done while in a meeting, etc. I guess it could be a rediscovery of the word 'scrapbook'. Fun fun fun!Reply
Terrific tutorial! Thanks.Reply
Perfect for a back-and-forth letter with your favorite Mail art buddy.Reply
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