Creating works of art through recycling

REED CITY — Many households throw away paper on a daily basis. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recycling just one ton of paper saves enough energy to power a household for about six months and saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

Art in the Park was the perfect place to create something from paper that may have been otherwise wasted. Once again children and adults filled the pavilion at Rambadt Park ready to make a work of art.

Paper mache can be a very messy craft, but isn’t that what children love best?

Artists discovered the fun of making different shapes using newspaper and glue this past session. Strips of paper covered balloons, cones, egg carton figures, and bowls. Once dry, these could be painted into whatever the artist desires.

In addition to the method of layering paper over something, paper was turned into a mulch with wall paper paste and water. Using a blender, the pieces were chopped up fairly small to resemble cottage cheese.

Children then had fun squishing the mixture into cookie cutters to make shapes. These creative ornaments of butterflies, hearts, dinosaurs and more then took a much needed sunbath, drawing out the excess moisture. Whats left is a firm 3D shape of paper that can be painted.

The next session of Art in the Park will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 at Rambadt Park.

Artists will be working on collages. If there is something special you want to put into a collage, feel free to bring it with you. A variety of supplies will be available to complete your project.

Bring your family and friends, but most of all bring your creativity.