Thursday, June 22, 2023

 Unleashing Creativity

Painted Rocks Rock

         The creativity of my friend Sharon never stops. Even when relatives come for a visit, creativity is on the agenda. Last year, when her sister and her niece came for a visit, she had everything set up for painting rocks and had invited a couple of local friends to join in. 

      These rocks are a way for kids and adults to express themselves creatively and spark meaningful conversation. Once you create one, the idea is to leave it somewhere for another person to find and enjoy. Often they contain a simple message to brighten someone's entire day.

Soda Cans Can Rock Too

         In a world where recycling has become an integral part of our daily lives, Sharon found a unique way to transform recycling into an entertaining creative activity. When her sister, niece, and brother-in-law arrived for a visit last weekend, Sharon had everything ready to take them on a Soda Can Art adventure.

The Origins of Soda Can Art

         Soda can art can be traced back to the early 1960s when artists began experimenting with unconventional materials. The growing awareness of environmental issues and the need for recycling inspired artists to repurpose everyday objects. The humble soda can, with its vibrant colors and malleable structure, presented itself as an ideal medium for creative expression.

Techniques and Tools

         Creating art from soda cans requires a combination of artistic skill, patience, and resourcefulness. Artists start by collecting empty soda cans, which are then carefully washed and cut into sheets, flattened, and manipulated using various tools such as scissors, craft knives, and metalworking tools. These transformed aluminum sheets serve as the canvas for the artists' imagination.

         Sharon’s adventure took place in her flower garden where getting caught up on family news while creating environmentally friendly aluminum flowers were the prime objectives. After observing the activities briefly, Scott, Sharon’s brother-in-law, and I retired to a nearby shade tree and through casual conversation discussed and offered solutions to the world’s problems.


          Sharon’s Soda Can Adventure is reminiscent of the old quilting bee where women shared quilt-making out of necessity and pleasure. These later evolved into quilting parties were only a small part of time is spent sharing quilt-making activities.

 Environmental Consciousness

         Beyond the aesthetic appeal, soda can art carries a powerful message about sustainability and environmental consciousness. By repurposing discarded cans, artists bring attention to the importance of recycling and reducing waste.

         Soda can art exemplifies the beauty that can be found in unexpected places. It showcases the limitless creativity of artists who transform discarded materials into remarkable works of art, highlighting the importance of recycling and sustainability. As this unique art form continues to evolve, it will undoubtedly inspire more individuals to see the artistic potential in everyday objects. So, next time you finish your soda, think twice before throwing away the can – it could be the starting point for an extraordinary creation in the hands of a soda can artist.




  1. Hello Charles, Scott here. Just wanted to say Hi and let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you and our conversation. Thanks again for a delightful lunch. God bless!

    1. Same here Scott, it was a pleasure to meet and talk with you.

  2. I had no idea that aluminum can flowers had been around for so long! Thanks for the info. Sharon