Maps and sea glass. A recycling project.

Two of my favourite things. Maps and sea glass. I mainly craft with textiles, but I could give it all up for this kind of crafting. This project was such fun and there was an unexpected twist to it too, but I’m jumping ahead as usual.

At the beginning of the holiday, I took the children down to Hobby Craft and bought a few projects to do over the holiday. It was so much fun shopping with them. OK. A few ideas I vetoed, but on the whole they chose well. Then the inevitable happened, I spotted something not on my list. I’d been so good up to that point. Anyway, there it was. A grey shadow box in the half price bin. Perfect for covering the frame with sea glass, because grey is major boring. I could add an inspirational quote in the middle.

Once I got home, I realised the sea glass did not work, but world maps were the way to go. Still inspired by the map man we saw in Hay-on-Wye. Fortunately, on my list had been a large bottle of decoupage glue. I spent a happy afternoon gluing. Rather regret not wearing gloves, as I was peeling glue off  my fingers for ever. Youngest had his own sticky project (more about that another time), so we worked happily together. I love crafting with the children when they really get their teeth into a project. They chatter happily away, making them excellent company.

The old map was perfect. I went for the tear and stick method. A mish mash of images. Reworking the world atlas in an afternoon. Imagining how world politics would change if Syria was positioned next to Brazil, or Mexico was overlapping Canada and Germany, and so on.

Next up, the picture. Seems a tad back to front way to do it, I’ll admit. The frame before the picture, but that’s how it goes. I popped the empty frame up on the wall for a few days, hoping that inspiration would hit me. I contemplated different quotes, single bird feathers and even a lone ticket. The family were beginning to wonder if I would ever put something in it. Then one breakfast, I was playing with a jar of sea glass when it hit me. A picture of the UK. Yes! Well that was it. I couldn’t stop once the idea took hold. I traced the outline of Britain and Ireland (because Northern Ireland looks lonely without Southern Ireland there) and started arranging the sea glass. I kept coming back to it and moving pieces around.

Using PVA glue, I stuck the sea glass on the card stock. Even then, I removed some of the then sticky glass and swapped them around.

Once dry, I added the frame and hung it up in the downstairs loo. I added a note “Make it so”, which is a reference to Star Trek and hopefully will inspire the children. Although, they don’t know the connection to the Sci-fi series/film, unless they are reading this. (In which case, surprise!) My aim is to make them think.

I’ve finished it. No more fiddling with the position of green sea glass. Final act is to stick the picture to the backing, to eliminate the slight bulging edges of the card stock.

Now for the twist. As I prepared the photos to add to this blog post, I spotted something unexpected. Had to check it out with the real picture, to make sure it wasn’t just a trick of the lens, and it isn’t. Not sure why I hadn’t noticed before. In fact, I seem to have positioned the glass bits as if I had done it on purpose. Apparently, my subconscious was working on a whole different project.

Take another look. Can you see it?

It’s a dragon. Puffing smoke rings up into the sky. (Apologies to those who are not familiar with places in the UK, but I hope you get the gist of it.) The top of Scotland is the snout, with the Skye and Inverness/Aviemore making the eyes. Ireland is the wings and Wales are the spikes along the back. Cornwall and Devon are the tail. I could not have positioned the long thin light blue glass, to make a dragon’s belly, better. Can you see it? It’s a dragon, but the UK at the same time. I may never be able to look at the map again, without seeing the dragon too.

Double reason to be happy with my picture. Maybe I should try another country and see what my subconscious makes of it. Sea glass is so much fun to work with. Fun to collect too. A good excuse to head for the coast, me thinks.

What do you think? Dragon or the UK?

Hope you are having a good weekend. Till next time.

A Green and Rosie Life

 

21 thoughts on “Maps and sea glass. A recycling project.

  • Monday 13 August, 2018 at 11:54 am
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    I love this! What a great project!
    I can see the dragon too! How cool x #MMBC

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    • Wednesday 15 August, 2018 at 10:04 am
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      Thanks Kim. Glad you can see it too.

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  • Monday 13 August, 2018 at 1:07 pm
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    Love this project. I covered a frame with cloth a couple of months ago. It’s a great way to get a new look. Using the sea glass as the display is a fabulous idea! #MMBC

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    • Wednesday 15 August, 2018 at 10:06 am
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      I was almost tempted to cover the frame with the map and hang it up like that. Works by itself too.

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  • Monday 13 August, 2018 at 7:21 pm
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    This is brilliant Cheryl! And so creative. I think maps are great to work with when crafting, they are really colourful. And the sea glass UK dragon is just fab 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. x

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    • Wednesday 15 August, 2018 at 10:07 am
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      Thanks Jayne. Maps and sea glass are fun to craft with.

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  • Monday 13 August, 2018 at 11:07 pm
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    How brilliant, I love it. Of course I could only see the UK at first, but once you said dragon, I could see that clearly too. The frame is just perfect covered in maps.
    #mmbc

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    • Wednesday 15 August, 2018 at 10:09 am
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      I am genuinely surprised by the appearance of the dragon. Not even my usual style of dragon. The piece of glass that looks like the belly, was put there to be the backbone of the UK.

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    • Friday 24 August, 2018 at 10:50 pm
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      Thanks Lisa 🙂

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  • Friday 31 August, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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    Love this idea! We live by the sea & all sorts gets washed up – including coconuts! #MMBC

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    • Friday 7 September, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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      Hmm. A coconut. I wonder how far it travelled.

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  • Monday 3 September, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    This is lovely. We always collect lots of sea glass, pebbles and shells on our trips to the beach. It’s nice to see a project using them. Helen #GoingGreen

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    • Friday 7 September, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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      I love beachcombing. A bit addictive. My collection needs a craft project every once in a while.

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  • Monday 3 September, 2018 at 7:01 pm
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    Love this project, I too love maps. But my thing is maps and denim. The sea glass does look fantastic though.j

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    • Friday 7 September, 2018 at 1:17 pm
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      Thanks. Maps are fun to craft with.

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    • Saturday 15 September, 2018 at 8:55 am
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      Thanks. I can’t help smiling when I catch sight of the dragon on the wall.

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  • Saturday 15 September, 2018 at 5:27 pm
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    I love the use of maps and the sea glass to link together to create this picture but try as I may I only see the UK not the dragon … maybe because I love maps so much. Mind you, we have recently removed our bath as part of our renovations and I can clearly see a calf’s head in the old plaster in the gap left – not sure if anyone else can.

    Thank you for linking up to #GoingGreen and enjoy those sea glass collecting days!

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    • Sunday 16 September, 2018 at 9:01 am
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      I have a love of maps too. Happily study one for far too long. It is funny. When you spot a shape, it’s hard not to see it.

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  • Tuesday 18 September, 2018 at 9:31 am
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    As a travel blogger, I love this project so much! What a great use of recycled glass 🙂 x

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