Free PDF Ebook Reissue of My 2002 Book of Poems “Manure”

I’ve finished scanning to PDF my second handmade chapbook Manure, added an author’s note to give the title and poetry some context for the reader, and made it available to freely download from this site by going to the Media Page and clicking on the link under it’s cover image.

Expressionist Approach to Collage with Junk Mail and Plastic Bags

The aim of this technique is to re-purpose the kind of paper and plastic which come to me without me having to go looking for it at all. It’s really just a matter of collecting up this stuff. Preparation involves cutting up the plastic into a variety of shapes and sizes, and tearing up the paper material. Then, as i go, I cut up some useful shapes for facial features as I see fit. This technique is very easy on the hands, and incredibly cost effective, so I expect to be doing more of these in the colder months.
I glue it all down with mod podge glue, and once dry I paint over them with acrylic gel medium.

Collage face expressionist 1 001

Collaged Face #1

Collage with newsprint, coupons and plastic bags on 600gsm paper.


Collage face expressionist 2 001

Collaged Face #2

Collage with plastic bags on 600gsm paper.


Collage with Coupons and Handwriting

Collage with coupons and poem 001 for web


Collage with Coupons and Writing on Paper


Because the coupons (which are just printed on the back of supermarket receipts) are so thin, I didn’t glue them, but instead, cut them to the width of double-sided tape, and did the same with the draft of the poem. I stuck the tape down on the surface, and then peeled off the backing to reveal the adhesive, and then stuck each strip down side-by-side.

Collage with Handwriting and Printed Plastic

Collage with split painted circle 001 for web

Words, Patterns, Proximity.

Collage with Watercolour, Printed Plastic, Sand, Acrylic


Sometimes i like to draft poems by writing with a brush. As you can see, I decided to slice up an old draft, and intersperse it with one of the patterns I had painted (each with diluted black watercolour).

The bits of blue printed type are just the cut ups of a used plastic bag. Rather than do a grid pattern over the whole piece, I chose to leave a diagonal space, and then got the idea to cut a circle from an old painted texture I did last year, with sand texture gel and acrylic.

My little circle cutter tool is just like a protractor with a blade, and is very easy on my hands. I cut the circle in two to make it more interesting, and placed each half back-to-back, well, just to see what the effect would be. As I stood back and contemplated, it made me thing of the data stream of media on the internet, and how two sides of the world can be near and far at the same time.


Collage Study with Watercolour and Plastic

Collage in grey and orange for web

Study in watercolour and plastic film.


The orange squares have been cut from a used plastic bag.

These squares were then stuck onto strips cut to the appropriate width. These strips were from and A5 piece of paper, onto which I had painted a simple repeating pattern of vertical brush strokes done with a chisel edge brush. Painting these strokes is calming and meditative, and doesn’t tense the hand muscles, because I have wrapped sponge around the brush and slid a used toilet roll over the sponge, so that I have a very wide handle.

The other piece of paper was the one that I was cleaning my brush on. I cut the strips with my paper trimmer to ensure that they would sit flush against the other strips.

The fact that the paper thickness is the same for each strip, means I can then collage over top of them without having to worry about visible dips and rises on the collaged element.

I envisage these works as mainly decorative, which being small, and having subdued colour, should go well with most interior colour shemes in people’s homes.

Collage with Recycled Materials

The new style that I’m embarking on is based around the idea of wanting to repurpose plastic packaging, as well as junk mail and supermarket receipts, which always seem to have coupons printed on the reverse side.

For the plastic bags, I chop up all of the printed parts, place them in between two sheets of waxed paper positioned on an ironing board. Then I put the iron on a low setting and fuse all of these chopped up bits of plastic together into a sheet, from which I can then cut strips of varying widths. The junk mail, coupons, and coloured paper are also cut into strips of varying widths so that I can then arrange them in a way that’s pleasing to the eye.

I wanted the works to evoke thoughts on our consumerist society, so decided to use photocopied images of models from fashion magazines. I love the way that photocopy toner makes the images so much more graphic.

Model Society 1

The Model #1

Mixed Media with fused plastic, coupons, junk mail,

photocopy, and coloured paper, on paper


Model Society 2

The Model #2

Mixed Media with fused plastic, coupons, junk mail,

photocopy, and coloured paper, on paper

Recycled Art with Junk Mail and Fused Plastic

After using my paper trimmer to chop up some junk mail into different widths of vertical strips, I took some pieces of paper which I had painted on with water and indian ink and put them into my newly acquired paper shredder. I then collaged the strips side-by-side onto 620gsm paper. The previous day I had been fusing together pieces of plastic bags. Today I cut a primitive/naive looking hand from one of those fused plastic collages. I then cut out two sides of of a white translucent shopping bag and fused the hand shape in between to two sheets of white ( kind of “trapping’ it in the plastic).

I then glued the plastic onto the collaged paper strips, which created an interesting visual effect, while also serving to protect the surface.

It all sits inside a recycled frame which I did a white on black DIY crackle effect on.

Plastic hand 1


Art Plastique in a Repurposed Frame

It took me a while but I successfully managed to sand the stain of a nice old frame which was a bit battered and bruised. Today I went about trying to give it a bit of an “antique chic” style by attempting a crackle effect for the first time. It didn’t come off as intended, but it’s not terrible.

I then began to play around with positioning the black hand I did with fused plastic, along with some of the cut-up collages of back of receipts I’ve been collecting from the supermarket.

Plastic had with coupons in frame

The receipts have been covered over with the translucent plastic of shopping bags collected from the very same store. I hope the work gets people thinking about the human hand and what it has brought about, and also how our hand is kind of forced to purchase plastic, but can perhaps repurpose some of the junk and discarded stuff for the sake of artistic expression.

Recycled Art Using Plastic Bags

I’ve been using my paper trimmer for slicing up junk-mail and supermarket receipts with coupons printed on the back, gluing these onto paper, but not knowing quite what to do with them. Over the last week I’ve been thinking about different ways that plastic supermarket bags could be used for art. I bought a kind of sharpie that is for writing on plastic, and today while trying it out, got the idea to then stick it over the paper collages. I think the result has a lot of potential to become affordable decorative art:

Black circles on coupons 1

Junk mail and plastic 1

display shot of 2 plastiques