Grandma Green has gone back to school.
And no, she hasn’t donned her mini skirt and taken up tennis, but she has raided the recycling bin and learned all about upcycling.
Well, truth be told, she shot straight to the top of the class by being the only student who knew what upcycling was. They’d all heard of recycling, but upcycling produced a few furrowed brows, shuffles in seats and glances at the floor.
This week at her adult art class – the beautifully named ‘Dare to Dabble’ – Grandma Green and fellow students eagerly grabbed hold of old plastic tennis ball tubes, a pile of unloved books and magazines and set to work with glue and scissors learning the art of decoupage.
Here’s a write-up from the burgeoning artist herself:
The base of the vase is a plastic tube first used as a container for tennis balls. A background cover was chosen according to personal taste: I covered the tube with remnants of coloured tissue paper. Small pieces were torn, crumpled in the hand and then smoothed out to give interesting texture to the tissue. Each piece was then stuck to the outside of the tube using a mixture of PVC glue and water applied with a paint brush. The covered tube was left to dry. When dry, the tissue was liberally glued and decoration was applied to it. Layers of glue, paper and glue were repeatedly applied and the whole was then ‘varnished’ with glue and left for several days to dry completely.
Individuals chose from many materials, both natural and manufactured, for decorating: I chose to cut pictures from someone’s unloved book about natural remedies. It felt criminal to attack a beautiful book with scissors but now some of its languishing illustrations have been up-cycled into a pretty vase for my grandchildren’s bedroom. That has to be better than the book being thrown into a skip!
Now you all want to see Grandma Green’s creation right? I know you do!
Isn’t it fantastic?
Tell me what you’ve upcycled recently.