The table I rescued from the trash has become the art that anchors our living room.
Being someone who believes the ultimate in creativity means morphing junk into joy, I took the table through the following transformation. Hope you enjoy the journey.
The first step involved some serious sanding:
Next I applied a white, oil-based primer:
Once that surface dried, I measured, penciled, and inked the image below:
Then I added color—in this case paint—some oil-based enamel, some a latex-based enamel, and some acrylic. I simply used what I had on hand:
Next I applied paper to give the image depth and texture.
The center of the flower was made from three layers of paper, a green background and a black and white second layer, to which I applied tiny red spirals:
In the green part of the flower petal, I applied tiny green flowers of a slightly different shade. The flowers punched from craft paper, deepen the image, giving it variety and reminding me that this is, indeed, a green product I’m producing:
To the pink tips of the flower, I applied florescent pink rings, that are, in fact, those meant to reinforce the holes in paper put in three ring binders:
Next, from wrapping paper purchased in Vietnam, I cut out black and white, Chinese symbols for Hanoi and applied them to the eight red circles that rim the table top:
To the purple circles, I added tiny purple, paper dots to texturize the surface, and to the smallest green circles, I applied green spirals to remind me of the recycling process that rebirths any object, bringing it full circle:
To the large, blue circles that rim the table, I applied maps of the places my partner and I have recently traveled to—New Delhi, India, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam, and Port-au-Prince Haiti—locations that reinforce my belief that cities, too, can be transformed from the trash of war, disaster, and famine into a planet that rebirths itself, sustains itself—and thrives:
Now, after receiving six coats of polyurethane to preserve its surface, the table reigns redemptive in our living room—a testament to, not only the process of recycling, but to the process of making art, as well.
May art bloom beautiful in your life. And may the planet be preserved for tomorrow’s artists, as well.
Happy creating, my friends.