Here's a selection of the bits and pieces I found. We haven't got any beautiful little arty shops in my neighborhood. Just a couple of stationery/gift shops and 'the Chinese shop' (as it's known). But while hunting around I came across some real finds - the gridded paper, the old fashioned paper binders, the paper chocolate cases and the raffle tickets - all in shades of red and blue! Those bed sheets have been hanging round for years waiting to be turned into something too. They belonged to my Mother-in-Law.
I enjoyed this so much. I did another one one to go with it but didn't manage to finish it - but I think it still looks okay alongside the first one in my living room - goes with my cushions!
I am definitely, definitely going to pursue this. I'm not sure this was my most successful attempt at a MATS brief but for me it was probably the most inspiring. It's an area I was only dimly aware of. I longed to paint but needed to know how it would relate to and integrate with the other work I do and now it seems seamless. I desperately want to make time to do an ABC painting, among other things, and start submitting work to Wall Art companies.