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« on: April 05, 2010 11:25:25 AM »


I live in a ground floor apartment and we share the front door and small passageway with the upstairs tennant. He is one of these people who will never pick up their mail, we end up with big piles of it in the passageway for ages and ages. Its only in a neat pile because i sort it out every now and then throw out all of the junk mail and pile up all of his mail next to his door, if i didnt do this then the passageway would be a mess all the time. Its also a very boring passageway with blank walls with plaster chipping off and i wanted a way to cheer it up a bit. He has a hell of a temper, as we often hear through the rather thin ceilings so not wanting to say anything to him about the mail problem i tried to think of another idea, that is when i saw these posts. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343120.0 and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246766.0 . Pictures made from junk mail, perfect! I know he probably wont catch onto the irony, but i decided to give it a go anyway and here are the pictures.

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Just a tip, if you ever want to make one of these, use bigger strips than i did, it took forever! The orange you see is double sided sticky tape, thats how i decided to attach the strips.

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All trimmed up -


To keep with the irony idea i decided to choose a picture that symbolises recycling

The finished piece -


Its a shame he wont understand what the piece is about, but for me every time he sees it, it is the same as me sticking my tongue out at him for being such a lazy and messy neighbour!
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010 11:53:47 AM »

Good for you! Hope your lazy neighbor at least appreciates your effort even if he has no idea where the paper came from. This is wonderful and creative way to do something positive. Sure it made you feel good! It is also beautiful. Great work!

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010 12:02:17 PM »

Crafty irony. love it!

I love how it looks too, me thinks I might have to have a go Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010 12:05:48 PM »

I think it looks so great! It is really beautiful.
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010 12:08:09 PM »

Boy you have patience! And self control! I would have blasted him for being so inconsiderate but you turned it into a positive and creative experience! On top of everything this turned out so incredibly pretty. You have my respect and creative admiration. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010 12:28:18 PM »

That's beautiful.  I'm not sure wider strips would have looked as nice so I'm glad you have the patience of a saint. 

You know how when you see art out in public, there will be a little sign sometimes under it explaining it?  I think you should do that for your piece.  With your gift of subtlety, I'm sure you could word it in a way that would just leave him wondering if the junk mail mentioned was his rather than feeling confronted.
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010 12:35:20 PM »

A great way to turn something negative into something positive! Beautiful imagery!
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010 12:37:39 PM »

I think you got the last laugh on this one...you took the high road and created something beautiful...so what if he doesn't get the hint...you are the one who gained from this...maybe the crafty gods will figure out a way to exact a punishment for him...

In the meantime, his junk mail is your art--lovely work... simply a nice piece and your instructions are also appreciated!
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2010 12:59:35 PM »

This is absolutely beautiful and should bring a smile even to a rude neighbor's face.  Perhaps with a little beauty in his life, he'll decide to change.  He might even feel guilty leaving a pile of mail that distracts from your wonderful art piece.  We can dream, can't we?
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2010 02:26:15 PM »

i love this- its so simple but so beautiful. i may just have to give this a go!
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2010 11:11:48 PM »

The artistry and cleverness of this is so impressive. Well done!
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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2010 09:52:32 AM »

This is a great way to use up junk mail and stick it to you're messy neighbor Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2010 11:47:47 AM »

This is just too cool! I love the image of you sticking your tongue out at your neighbor, in a clever way! hehe. great work! Grin
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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2010 02:02:32 AM »

you should look into the situations in the middle east, i think you might have some insights.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2010 06:59:07 PM »

Awesome work!
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« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2010 08:06:07 PM »

so cool!!
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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2010 06:17:28 AM »

I love how that turned out!. even if your neighbor doesnt get the pic, you can always have a little chuckle for yourself everytime you see it!
great work! I will have to try to find some time to attempt one of these.
 
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2010 07:06:11 AM »

this is positively beautiful!  i'm gonna do this with my kids.
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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2010 03:53:41 PM »

Absolutely FABULOUS project!!  And I love the back story!
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2010 12:01:37 PM »

Beautiful! I think I might have my daughter look at this for a 4H project. Great idea. I agree that thicker strips wouldn't have been so striking.
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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2010 12:03:34 PM »

And to think Id been simply tossing those colorful, glossy ads in the recycle bin. Dang you! Now my pile of 'stuff to keep to craft with' just got bigger.
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« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2010 08:04:27 AM »

I absolutely love this.  I'm doing this when I get home!  Smiley  Only with all of my magazines that have been collecting.  Thankfully I don't have a moody neighbor. 
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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2010 10:28:48 AM »

I love this on so many levels! Not only is it just very pretty on its own, it also incorporates recycling, and it was a way to relieve frustration about a difficult situation. It's brilliant!
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« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2010 02:38:06 PM »

"No junk art without irony", Bwahahaha! It's beautiful, though, and so simple! The tree motif you chose is so stylized; I like it! I certainly know what it's like to have annoying neighbors, though, so I feel you! I'm soooooo glad we're getting a house in the next few months, and I hope you'll be rid of him (or he'll change his ways) someday too!
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« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2010 11:32:49 PM »

I absolutely LOVE this AND what it stands for!! Good for you!! I would LOVE to do this also, so would like to ask a question and/or favor of you...is there any way i could get the template for the tree that you used? I am not much of an artist, and this is absolutely lovely!

In any case, this is a great use of junk mail, and i shall be trying it out!! Thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2011 08:44:59 AM »

This is VERY COOL!! I love that you took something annoying and made art with it.  and yep, it's like sticking out your tongue every time he has to look at it, LOL!!
good for you!
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« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2011 06:56:05 AM »

I'm so going to make one of these! Thanks for the tute.  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: March 18, 2011 12:25:54 PM »

Fabulous! Diplomacy, irony and art, all rolled into one awesome piece. Love it!
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« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2011 03:12:32 PM »

Love it! It's beautiful
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