Making art with found objects is a fun way to use your creativity using old materials in a new way. Not only will you help control pollution and landfill space by recycling junk into art, but you will also save money on your art projects. This article will show you how to create art out of nothing with found object art.
Found object art is nothing new. People have been using recycled and used materials and objects in creating their art since the concept of art was invented. Leftover shells, pretty rocks, and leftover cooking bones are among the items our ancestors used in creating clothing decoration and jewelry, and other forms of art work. And found object art has made itself known throughout history, through Picasso to the present.
Creating found object art is easy, and anyone can do it. First, you will need to collect your supplies. Collecting the makings of found object art can rival the fun-ness of creating the art itself. Where can you find the materials to make your recycled art? The answer to that is easy. You can find your art supplies just about anywhere. Second hand stores, your own home, even outside on the ground. Some people even sell recycled materials, like game pieces and broken jewelry to found art creators.
Most found object artists are constantly collecting bits and pieces for their projects. I often use recycled materials and found objects in my work. I keep plenty of materials on hand, from bottle caps to old wine corks. Keep your items you find in a one location, easily accessible for when inspiration hits. Organize your pieces so you can easily find what you need for each project.
You can use anything for creating art. Some people use any type of junk in creating their work. I’ve seen broken watch and clock parts incorporated into art. Old wiring, computer components, pieces from otherwise useless games, pages from books, old postcards. You can make art with any recycled materials. Use your creativity to come up with new ideas and uses for your art. Keep different types of glues , adhesives and paints for putting together collages, sculptures, dolls and other found object work.
You will come up with ideas as you find your recycled objects to use. Old buttons and bottle caps can become wearable art as bracelets and necklaces. You can create texture in your paintings and collages with otherwise useless broken electronics parts, marbles or torn pieces of old postcards. Use your imagination to create new from the old.