Mixed Media Recycling Art

Get creative and make mixed media artworks with empty cereal boxes and magazine pages.

| December 2011/January 2012

  • italian-food-collage-1
    Make a collage under one common theme, such as Italian food, and incorporate recycled materials for a truly green, creative project.

  • italian-food-collage-1

I’m a full-time fine artist and dedicated recycler. I subscribe to several art magazines that contain lovely reproductions of paintings and other art forms. I can’t bear to see all those beautiful pages go to the recycling center, so I often bundle them up and share them with creative friends.

In the past two years, I’ve become interested in collage techniques. One day, a light bulb went off under my graying pate. Why not use those brilliant magazine pages to create more artwork? I got even more inspired when I thought of how costly my canvases and art boards were. I dug through my recycle pile with glee and found the perfect support for my small collage projects: empty cereal boxes!

I cut the face and backs from each box, primed them with gesso or paint, and then snipped, glued and painted away. I estimate I have created over 50 mixed-media artworks with these materials. Their retail sales have more than covered the cost of all the magazine subscriptions and the cereal.

Kim Robertson
Easton, Pennsylvania

Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019


Next: April, 27-28 2019
Asheville, NC

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters