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.
A little more digital fun and the cola bottle becomes an abstract flower. I gave it two more flavors as well, grape and orange.
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.
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.
For this next variation of the nature valley wrapper, I got rid of the details but left the color.
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.
Next in the series: I have both Coke and Dr. Pepper. I have plastic bags, potato chips bags and scraps of paper.