Buried Treasure Awaits
Disclaimer right up front: I stole this idea from my blogging friend Gina who wrote about it at length in her blog. It’s the process of burying art papers underneath a nice layer of decaying vegetation to achieve beautiful aging effects. You will see from Gina’s link that she offers assortments of these wonderful aged papers for sale. It inspired me to try some of my own just to add to my collage stash for future work.
First, I had to figure out where I could bury my papers in order to keep them away from my four legged friends out in the yard. I didn’t want to deal with dog pee.
So I decided I would put them inside my little garden plot that is now being prepared for spring. It is completely enclosed and the dogs can’t get in there. Here is a view of my garden with my compost pile right in the center. This plot is larger than it looks. It measures 9 x 20 feet, a good sized space if you plan well.
This is the corner of the garden where I’ve buried my papers. I didn’t want them to be under the compost. I wanted the environment to be more natural, as if they were in the woods. This corner has only a thick layer of leaves and pine needles.
I chose some full pages from a road atlas which I tore into quarters, magazine pages, torn pieces of rejected paintings on paper, and some plain papers with nothing printed on them.
And here are my papers, buried under about 4 inches of vegetation. Since this spot is where some decay has already been happening, the earth underneath the papers is very moist and full of organic matter. And we have an abundance of earthworms!
The only thing I didn’t ask Gina is how long this may take. I’m sure I’ll be checking their progress over the next few weeks.
I’ll show the results of my experiment in a future post.