Experiment with Watercolour and Plastic Bag

In trying to think of another way to use plastic bags in my art, rather than fusing and collaging them, I got the idea to draw on them with one of those permanent markers that can write on plastic/glass etc. But what to draw?

I had a study I had done, flouting the conventions of watercolour, by not using blending, and by using black. It was too small to do the line work with brush, so I thought, why not use a translucent plastic bag?

 

Watercolour and plastic scan 001

I stuck the plastic film on with acid free glue stick. If you look closely you can see some of the little wrinkles. This plastic “skin” could say something about superficiality, or the permanence that such a plastic image can have in the minds of people.

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

 

Geometric Abstract Painting in Repurposed Frame

There are many old picture frames, which in their day would have been expensive, but which, over time succumbed to scratch marks and dents. The trouble is that you can’t really restore most of them, and you can’t just paint over them, as they have a shiny varnish which the paint won’t stick to.

I purchased a rotary power tool with sanding bits especially to get into all the difficult areas where my rheumatoid hands don’t want to go. My idea was basically to give these frames a whole bunch of dents while sanding the varnish off, and to then make a DIY crackle effect to give the frames an “antique chic” look.

The undercoat of this frame was black, which, once dry, I painted PVA glue onto, and straight away applied white acrylic which I had previously mixed with some cornstarch to give it a slightly coarse texture. I took a few snapshots with my phone to give you all a glimpse at how it turned out:

Abstract circle in square crackle side 2

Abstract circle in square crackle1

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