Fun with empty Cola bottles

June 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm (pick up trash! make art!) (, , , )

Welcome to another episode of Pick up Trash! Make Art!

I love the bright colors of the Coca Cola bottle, especially in contrast to the dark brown cola color.  In this case the bottle was empty and crushed, but I added the dark brown color in digital for one of my mandalas.

This was a fun set of mandalas to make.  I love the idea of starting with such a common iconic image and potraying it in a new light.

Cola mandala

Cola mandala

 

 

cola mandala 2

pop art mandala

 

A little more digital fun and the cola bottle becomes an abstract flower.  I gave it two more flavors as well, grape and orange.

grape splash mandala

grape splash mandala

orange soda flower mandala

Ilah

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Pick up trash! Make art!

May 22, 2009 at 2:56 pm (pick up trash! make art!) (, , , , )

One of my new favorite things is to take photos of trash and turn them into mandalas.

I love the idea of transformation, turning  junk into something beautiful.  It is a sign for changing the planet and changing our lives as well.  I pick up the trash after the photos too so it helps the environment in a more practical sense too.

I plan on making this an ongoing series called Pick up trash!  Make art!

The first candidate is a wrapper from a nature valley granola bar.

Nature Valley Mud Mandala 3

Nature Valley Mud Mandala 3

I especially love the delicate pattern the lines and small debree in the mud make in contrast to the bold shape of the wrapper.  I brought this out even more with the antique gold version.

Gold Plated Trash Mandala

Gold Plated Trash Mandala

For this next variation of the nature valley wrapper, I got rid of the details but left the color.

Nature Valley Mud Mandala 2

Nature Valley Mud Mandala 2

Mud Bubble Mandala

Mud Bubble Mandala

The more I play around with modify images the more intuitive the process becomes.  The mandalas often take on a mystical feel and certain theme seem to repeat themselves.  Fire is a theme that seems to come up repeatedly.

4 angels of fire mandala

4 angels of fire mandala

Next in the series:  I have both Coke and Dr. Pepper.  I have plastic bags, potato chips bags and scraps of paper. 

Ilah

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