Friday, August 19, 2011

(un)rolling with it

Most of my creative explosions take me by surprise. But this time it was going to be different. I had a specific project in mind, and by golly, I was going to tackle Tammy's inspiring Daisy Yellow Index Card a Day. Set foot in Office Depot, headed for the index cards and... then I saw the rolls of cash register paper. Rolls and rolls and rolls and rolls of them. Just stacked up on an endcap in all their mass quantity fabulousness. Sighed because I knew then that this mission was not going to end in the index card aisle. Something about the crispy clean surface of the paper rolls (begging for ink), the narrow width (I like working within boundaries), the nearly endless length (I like working with no boundaries) and the general rolliness of the things just got me. Into the basket two rolls went, back home I fled, and started inking I did. And now they're my latest art journaling obsession.

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I really wasn't sure where I was going with the rolls at first, but once I inked the paper I started seeing lots of possibilities. I jotted quotes, pieces of short stories, poems (the one above is part of To Be of Use by Marge Piercy) & lists of stuff, ripped the strips into small sections and put them in my journal, and spliced some of those sections back together with washi tape. I think it would also be fun to make scrolls with secret messages, short journal entries, or fortunes written on them. Any other ideas?

38 comments:

hali said...

i love this! really cool idea. i'm gonna marinade on it some. short stories with illustrations would be a fabulous thing to unroll while you read...

Lisa Gallup said...

LOVE!!!! Perfect for...lunch box notes...love notes....an ongoing purse journal...make a bunch of inked and doodled up strips and hang them from a window or doorway...make your own unique "caution" type tape...make funky borders for photos....hmmm..I think I need to go pick up a roll!!

aimee said...

thanks! hali, i love the short story idea, and lisa, those are all fab ideas too -- especially the caution tape!

cath c said...

you are inspiration itself.

donna!ee said...

very clever girlie...you inspired me to experiment out of my box!! thank you much for sharing :)

Ingrid said...

so, so beautiful!! i've always wondered what might be done with these rolls.

Jane said...

Holy guacamole Aimee! I'm staring at a roll of register tape on my calculator right now...who knew?!! I'm trying this for sure and I don't even have to go to the home depot...I'll just "borrow" some from my office :)) I'm thinking some of these strips might look fairly fabulous decoupaged on some of my hand painted furniture.

Cindy said...

you could wrap a lampshade with it or use it like wallpaper! the possibilities are as endless as the roll. i loved office supplies before, but you have given this one a whole new life. an artsy-accountant's dream! enjoy your weekend!

Chel said...

Oh, wow. So not fair, tempting me with something I have here at home. How beautiful!

Glenda said...

What a great idea. Love the colors, thet are so vibrant. I have a roll calling my name.

Briana said...

Way to run with your inspiration! These are very cool!

kristen said...

ah you clever clever girl. maybe great for wrapping tiny gifts or making a patchwork onto a bulletin board? hmmm who knows what this inspiration will inspire!? anyway I DO have a question...what/where did you get that tape? xokp

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh my goodness, yards and yards of deeliciousness! Fan-frikkin'-tastic! What to use them for? They would be great decoration for an art show tent! So many possibilities!

S.E.Minegar said...

your posts make me long for a house with a giant craft table....inks, paint, markers strewn about. and i'm not even very artsy with my hands.

your scrolls are great. i think they'd make lovely table runners too!

JessiVille said...

Oh Aimee you clever girlie! Beautiful - I just wanted to get my hands in there and touch all that colorful goodness! What an inspiration you are!
Jessi xox

Caity said...

Aimee, you are INSPIRING! *mwah* Love your work, love the way your MIND works... you reminded me of when I used to write looooong letters to a friend and we would constantly find ways to make the letters interesting - once I wrote on a roll of paper and he had to unroll the whole thing to read it - he replied on a HUGE moebius strip of paper (there's a LOT of room to write on both sides, LOL!)

Majid Ali said...

Please for Christ sake help this poor boy from Haiti.

iHanna said...

Haha, your no-boundaries-and-yet-a-specific-boundary is great, and I'm sure you will come up with lots of uses for these. Why not wallpaper borders in a room, where you have to walk 2-3 rounds following it to read the whole thing? Or a long loong narrow letter, coming to you in a roll...:-) Getting ideas over here too!

Sharon said...

WOW! I use to do this "sorta" at work years ago. Had forgot but now it is back in my brain! Thanx Aimee! I am off to create color stripes/strips whatever! Wheeeee

Carmen said...

You never cease to inspire me Aimee!!! So creative you are!

xoxo

Daisy Yellow said...

Aimee, I hope you find the index card aisle, but WOW, what a fun tangent! We used cash register tape to do treasure hunts with little scrolls with clues and riddles to solve at each new treasure spot. The girls loved the "endless" nature of the paper!

Anairam said...

Now how on earth did you know that I have two of these rolls stashed away in my supply box?

You are a GENIUS, woman! I am seeing an artsyville installation. Rolls of cash register tapes suspended from the ceiling, beautifully inked and lettered ribbons floating from above, people wandering amongst them, reading bits, oh, it is going to be just amazing!

I am just going to have to take mine out now!

Andria said...

"The general rolliness of the things"...love it!! I have a fascination with cash register rolls, but haven't played with them myself. I love how your ink colors came out, and I'm astounded that you can just sit down and letter like that...do you write with that fabulous writing for your everyday tasks? Your kids' teachers must get the most awesome notes when you need to excuse an absence! :-)

aimee said...

these are great suggestions! i have half a mind to type them all up and title the page "stop adding and start arting".

andria, the truth is that my handwriting sucks and that is why i started hand lettering years ago. it forces me to slow down and give each letter the attention it deserves. my everyday penmanship is scattered, hurried and ugly -- but i'm trying to work on it!

Sadee Schilling said...

These are so beautiful! I just love your joyful creativity. P.S. Did I ever thank you for putting my link on your sidebar? If not, "Thank You!" And if so, "Thank You again!" :)

Marcie said...

Your endless creativity is such an inspiration. This is wonderful!!

julie said...

this is brilliant!

Beth Niquette said...

Oh, Aimee--these are so great. Your creativity never ceases to amaze and inspire me.

These fill my eyes. I have a couple of rolls of paper like this--now I know what to do with 'em.

LOL I'm not sure they'll come out anything like what you've done--you have such a tremendous gift. You are the only one who can do what you do.

((hugs))

Leonie said...

I love the cash register paper! I'm surprised by how well it seems to take the inks, too. And to think of the endless lengths of doodles to come... Very excited.

Jen Niles said...

How DO you do it? You are, like, a Color Superhero or something. With little antennae that pick up stuff the rest of us don't see.

Amazing.

Kathy said...

I have 2 of these rolls at school and in the 15 years I've had them I only did 1 creative thing with them. Love the colored ink layers and the journaling. Now I'll probably need to go buy more soon.

Valerie Lorimer said...

Totally awesome, Aimee! I love your creativity.

AG Ambroult said...

I love it. We have rolls of that, too, because me girls are obsessed with it. But you know? I have never gone crazy with it myself, but I'm getting some ideas...

Tessa said...

When my dad was younger, his mom used to think of special ways to give them (he and his siblings) presents on Christmas. He tell of boxes of bricks with things like "Redeem for one shoe" written on one and you'd have to find the other brick with "Redeem for one shoe" before you could go shopping for shoes. Another way his mom gave presents was to completely unroll a roll of toilet paper, write the little redeem notes all along the roll and re-roll it so my dad and his brothers would have a giant mass of toilet paper coupons for Christmas. I think your receipt rolls would be a really pretty way of making coupon rolls. Or even doing it large scale and making wrapping paper. Just a thought. Either way, nice project!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh wow, this is so COOL! This is so perfectly aimee! Only you could turn a simple roll of white paper into fabulousness!

Kathy said...

This is such a cool idea! I love the idea of journaling on the paper and adhering them to the page afterward. Sometimes art journal pages are so full of layers & textures, that we lose any space to journal on! This is PERFECT!

darlene said...

Very creative! I pinned it with the link back to your post.

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Judi Hurwitt (Approachable Art) said...

Genius!