Saturday, December 6, 2008

Paper Bag Art



After living many years on a farm where we were responsible for carting our garbage to the dump I learned to recycle before it became vogue. I looked at the packaging of the things I bought, tried to use my own cloth bags, I had a compost pile, sold my cans, and generally tried to live a fairly clean life. I am still on that path, although I do not have a compost pile and live a coastal life now. I am still recycling. Brown bags are my thing right now. I am trying to use them in my art either as art or as workspace covers. When they become so saturated with paint and ink it starts to show up on my art I remove the paper bags and make a collage out of them. These are two such collages.

I cut a piece of chipboard the size of my journal pages and covered both sides with the painted and inked paper bag. I then used a few images that I had discarded because of ink issues with my printer, inked and painted a little more. Sewed around the images to give them a frame and stamped with some stamps I had not used in ages. The pages are bold and somber all at the same time. Sort of like how I was feeling.

9 comments:

Rena Sawatski said...

Jeannette, these are lovely. What a great way of recycling both the paper bags and the images that did not print properly.

Elizabeth Golden said...

hey Rena thanks for the comment although I am Elizabeth not Jeanette. That is okay. Her work is rather nice also!

Daphne said...

Elizabeth, I love these so much. They are so etherial. Thanks so much for sharing the technique. Awesome!

Christy said...

Bold and Somber. Not only does it make for an interesting and beautiful collage but I am guessing mood as well. What a combination. These are just lovely.

Rosie said...

Elizabeth, these paper bags are brilliant... I love all your work and thnk you so much for the images. I found your story about Ms Clapsaddle so touching, truly sad and it reminded me of what my own mother used to tell us about her own wartime experiences.

Dianne said...

wonderful pages...very saturated with color & images...
Dianne

purplepaint said...

Oh I love this! The colors and depth are just awesome!!!

Linda said...

These are gorgeous and rich Elizabeth...wonderful work.
Thanks for the explanation and the inspiration!
Linda x

Gaby Bee said...

Really fabulous pages. Gorgeous color composition and great textures.