This past Saturday, I got to teach an awesome recycled art workshop at Wonderroot. It was a total blast!
The project was based on this burlap chevron painting tutorialÂ that I did for Crafting a Green World, and Atlanta’s new Creative Reuse Center sponsored the workshop and provided all of the supplies. The center doesn’t have a physical location yet, but you can find them on their website, if you’re looking for any reclaimed (and cheap!) art supplies! I am super-excited that we finally are getting a creative reuse center!! Cities like Portland, DC, and Austin have them, and I feel like this goes a long way in strengthening Atlanta’s green crafty cred. Hurrah!
So! Back to the workshop. It was stellar. I kept things super loose, and folks got really creative with their stencils. It was fun to see everyone’s different takes on the project.
The center provided the supplies you’d expect, like upholstery samples and scrap fabric, paint, brushes, contact paper, and glue, but they also busted out these awesome cabinet door samples from a local interior designer. Interior designers get tons of samples like this, and when a particular design is discontinued, they’re landfill-bound. We offered these up as an alternative to picture frames for folks to mount their art, like in the photo above.
Folks made stencils out of contact paper, stuck the stencils onto their fabric, and went to town. When I made my chevrons, I used screen printing ink, but the acrylic paints that the creative reuse center had on hand worked just as well. You wouldn’t want to put these in the laundry, but for wall art, go for it!
I especially loved this graphic piece. She was in the middle of saying, “Recycled art!” when I snapped this photo:
This was super duper fun, and they said I’m welcome to come teach again whenever I want! They’re doing these creative reuse workshops on a weekly basis over at Wonderroot, and the organizer said this one had the highest attendance so far. Woohoo!
If you didn’t make it out but would like to go to another workshop at Wonderroot, you can check out deets on the Creative Reuse Center website.