Collage with Handwriting and Printed Plastic

Collage with split painted circle 001 for web

Words, Patterns, Proximity.

Collage with Watercolour, Printed Plastic, Sand, Acrylic

116/172mm

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 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