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.