It is the custom at Art is You to bring small pieces of your art to give away or trade. ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), altered spools and curtain rings, miniature hand made books - these are just some of the creative and beautiful things I've received at Art is You retreats.
This year, Salliane and Ellen, the super hero leaders of AIY, encouraged us to make charms. At first, I didn't know what I would do, but then I remembered shrink plastic!
Hamsas, Teacups, Namaste and Flowers, Pomegranates and Leaves stencils from Stencil Girl, I stenciled images onto Shrink Plastic. (I also used up a lot of #6 plastic containers that I had. We have to bring these to a special place to recycle them, and I was thrilled to find out that they shrink just like the "special" shrink dink plastic!)
See the big Hamsa on the right? Once you heat it, it shrinks to the size of the ones on the left! Just like magic!
This became completely addicting!
It's been very meditative to tie these little charms up with ribbon to my business cards, and attach buttons and other ephemera that I've been saving.
I have lots of these tucked into the altered book storage box that I made last week just for Art is You!
GIVEAWAY: I made a bunch of extra charms -- if you are NOT going to Art is You because of distance or some other reason, and would like the chance to win one of these charms, leave your email address in your comment below and I will pick some random winners by the end of the day on Sunday, 9/14!
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