One of the most valuable "freebies" that I use on a regular basis is the
boxes of scrap matboard and foamcore that I get from the frame shop. I have
one little guy that I visit, and he won't let me leave without at least 3 huge
boxes. His boxes always have tons of whites and neutral matboards and lots
of foamboard too. Another gallery gives me scrap boards in a great color
assortment. We paint on the matboard, use it for collages, make journal covers,
and more. The foamboard always comes in handy too.
I love my wallpaper books too. I cut the rivets out and keep a huge
stack in a drawer. The plastic coating makes it a great surface for working in
clay. It has lots of possibilities.
There is a Kinkos Copy Center close to my school. They have given me
all types of roll paper, cardstock, and assorted other paper.
I always feel like a "baglady", and I have been known to go "DUMPSTER
DIVING"!! Storage is always a problem with all of your good junk. I sort
through it and keep only what I can use.
Probably your best resource is your parents. I always send home a "wish
list" attached to my class expectation. You'll have more good junk than you