Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Killing of the Catalogs has begun!

This is my latest undertaking "Killing Catalogs for Art". This is a project inspired by a terrific mixed media artist from across the Big Pond (that would be the Atlantic) by the name of Maggie Grey... she is awesome. I am not big on the whole "Green" thing (maybe because of Al Gore?) but I figured that every little bit helps and my friends are all wonderful "recyclers", so this is my effort to help out...these are unsolicited catalogs that I got in the mail and a magazine that I had since 2007. The plan is to kill these catalogs and make them into a piece of art. I think Maggie Grey and her friends actually buried theirs, but I just threw mine in the bath tub with some dirt, lots of water and ashes and leaves and "what ever" (we all have some of that "what ever", mine included some Easter Egg dye funny is that?) In a couple of hours I took out the "sloppy" globs of dead catalogs (I checked before proceeding...they were dead), then I rinsed off the dirt and "what ever" and threw them in a couple of pans, I then distressed them by squishing them and beating them with a stiff hair brush. I am now waiting for them to dry. If you go to Maggie Grey's web site you can see how the pros do this and you will see some beautiful finished pieces that are just fantastic. This is a pic of the magazine (Real Simple) still in the bath can see the egg dye tablets.
This is a catalog after I "squished" it

This is another catalog after I threw it in a roasting pan...ONLY TIME WILL TELL!


Val Foster said...

Hey there friend. I'm so glad you posted about this, and included pics. Your murdered catalogs ain't lookin' too shabby, well yeah they are....but they look pretty cool. I mean they look like they could be used for art.

Mine came out pretty mangled. Did you let these air dry, and how did you squish the water out? Send me an email with the details. Good job you.

Kim said...

Lol. Patience is so overrated , what were those people thinking? Waiting? Why? I didn't know you were a Maggie fan too though - she's fun , isn't she?

Christy said...

Lookin good killer!
I have a ton of these little babies drying right now. I boiled mine in a big ole lobster pot and I added in a little fabric stiffener to help with what mother nature would have done had I buried them ;)

Debrina said...

Oh this looks like so much fun! Couldn't think of anything better than to do what you have done with those catalogues, lol! I'm adding you to my blog! And am about to check out Maggie's site.

Anonymous said...

you're so talented my wife...makes me happy :)

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

Hi Linda!
THANK YOU so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment! Your KILLING OF THE CATALOGS is such a great idea! I LOVE what you did with it! I've been slow in posting to my blog since my 85-year-old MIL#2 moved in with us in February . . . she has Alzheimer's and a bad heart and I worry about her so . . . anywho . . . it's been a whole month since I last posted! Have fun with your DEAD CATALOGS!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!