I’ve always found joy and peace in creating art, particularly painting. I more recently found that I thrive in the creative process that comes with upcycling found materials. Putting the figurative puzzle pieces together is as much fun as physically creating the art.
But there are times I need to dig deeper into my imagination to solve the puzzle. For instance, among the D.C. cherry blossoms during last week’s outdoor adventure, there was little trash to be found. This is a win for nature, and a challenge for an Ecopsyched! upcycle episode. The most common of trail trash—a Fireball bottle (you know it!)—is last week’s find and this week’s inspiration. I accept the challenge of upcycling this tiny “trashy treasure” into funky art.
Tiny Bottle, Big Personality
I admit that I was nervous last week for this week’s upcycle after only finding a Fireball bottle, but a plan materialized with little whispers from my brain. I’ve missed sitting down with a piece of paper and ink to simply paint. With the cherry blossoms as inspiration, I’ll create a painting that will work in cooperation with this tiny bottle, along with surprise materials from a previous outdoor adventure too. This plan will result in a functional work of art.
Can you guess what becomes of this painting and these materials? I hope you’ll join me for this upcycle project in the video below to find out. And please visit the Ecopsyched! YouTube channel and subscribe (and also hit that notifications bell) to never miss an adventure.
Fireball bottles are a common “trashy treasure” find along the U.S. east coast. Is there a brand of trail trash more common where you are? Let me know in the comments below. I’m always brainstorming for my next upcycle.
Thank you for joining me on this and future Ecopsyched! adventures!
Until next week, happy trails.
My Video Gear
Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
Alcohol Ink Paper
Alcohol Inks–Vibrant Color Set
Reusable Metal Straw
Paint Brush Set
White Gel Pens
Black Rollerball Pens
Cardstock Paper (for printing)
Retractable Craft Knife
Cutting Mat (self-healing)
Mod Podge Glue
Kamar Varnish (for alcohol inks+)
Acrylic Paint (Black)
Super Glue Future Glue Gel
Reusable Rubber Gloves
Compostable Latex-Free Disposable Gloves
Dish Pan / Wash Tub
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Cherry Blossoms Upcycle: Copyright © Lisa Barry 2021.
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6 comments on “Cherry Blossoms Upcycle”
Never fails to amaze me how you come up with creative upcycling ideas for trash, Lisa. From a Cherry Blossom Fireball bottle to a wine ring holder?! Not to mention the beautiful blossom artwork, too. In keeping with your theme, Cheers!
Thanks, Elaine! Who knew a Fireball bottle could be stylish?! I appreciate your feedback, and I hope I can continue to share fun content. I never know what’s going to happen with the trash I collect from week to week!
Hope to see you next week…
Fantastic!! You are so creative!!💕💕
Hi, Sheila! I’m glad you came along with me on this upcycle adventure. This was a fun one for me. Thank you for your lovely comment.
Hope to see you again for the next one!
Lisa B. you are so talented. What an inspiration you are to those of us with ideas but can’t seem to produce. I think I can, I think I can to I know I can I know I can.
Thanks very much for your kind words. I’m a firm believer that we are all creative. I have a touch of anxiety every time I start with a (literal and proverbial) blank canvas. Trick is to make the first mark and keep going.
I appreciate you coming along on this upcycle adventure with me!