As a mixed media artist I look at just about every object as a possible art supply. I would never complain about this, because I believe it is the cornerstone of my creativity, but honestly it can be overwhelming. There are times when I crave scarcity as a challenge.
Yesterday, I found myself at our office waiting for lilo to finish her never ending call sheet. Now I am a totally childish person when it comes to patiently waiting for people. My inner 6 year old stirs, and I start twirling around in chairs and fidgeting with stuff I'm not supposed to touch. Naturally, ripping the tape off of some of the mail envelopes on our desk seemed like an amusing activity, so I started in on that. I'm glad I did, because I ended up noticing how pretty and abstract the pieces of tape were after they were pulled from the paper. Some writing and bits of paper fiber would still be attached to the underside, but obscured. I love obscurity.
You cannot plan for when the muse chooses to descend upon you. You will most likely feel unprepared. You'll definitely be in the wrong place, without a paint brush in sight. Just go with it.
So, I cut an atc blank from a manilla file folder, grabbed a sharpie + random magazine, and thankfully found a glue stick in one of the desk's drawers. A little piece of the tape I pulled from the envelope was still sticky, so I pressed it onto some eyes I found in the magazine. (Try this with some packing tape. Just press it into whatever you want to pick up from the page, and then rip it off fast.) The effect was awesome, and so I built this creepy little person.
I'm planning to spend the day playing around with this tape method. Be back later to show you where it takes me.