My Handmade Canvas Part 2

The Fusion of Ideas

It was such a long time ago and I never thought things would progress this far or I would have documented the trail of this discovery but basically, it goes something like this:

As I did some research about plastic bags I came across various ways people were using plastic grocery bags – there is the well known ‘plarn’ in which the grocery bags are cut into strips looped together at the ends to make continuous strands to use as yarn – very cool.

I came across a recycling challenge in which a woman created a child’s shoe with a Target bag -also very cool.

Then I came across a couple of ladies who had the brilliant idea of ironing layers of plastic bags together and making little wallets and purses.

So began my own exploration of ideas – I created braided strands and wrapped wire baskets and covered recycled boxes with them to look ‘woven’. I thought it was pretty cool 🙂

But then the idea came – I knew I could fuse them together with the iron, but could I paint on it?

So the process began, I started with small pieces that I could manage easily. I loved the deckle edge the fusing left behind, it reminded me of watercolor paper – I thought it was beautiful.

The gesso took well to it so I created bunches of  ‘pages’, bound them together and made little journals with them covered with recycled hardback book covers (painted with their own original paintings of course!)

It wasn’t long before I attempted to stretch my grocery bag canvas across a wooden frame  – and that, I’ll save for Part 3 “More Then Just a Canvas”