I’m always on the look out for ways to reuse and recycle and to somehow make something myself and beat the system! So my recent paintings have all been done on a type of canvas I have devised myself...
Using the cardboard boxes in which I bring home my fruit and vegetables (and any other cardboard packaging I find) I construct a new flat box which is about an inch thick, secured with lots of masking tape and sometimes a few staples.
I then cover it with some fabric, usually something like a cotton canvas of medium weight which I have found in an Op shop. These pieces of fabric only cost me a few dollars. Once this is wrapped around the box I staple it on (sometimes making the corners neat is a bit tricky but not impossible).
Next I paint the canvas with very thin acrylic paint (actually a floor sealer) which soaks through the fabric and makes it stick to the cardboard. Then I apply a few coats of a standard acrylic ceiling white. It is quite amazing how much of this the fabric will absorb.
At this stage the canvases start to look like a good base for an artwork, though the white base coat also shows up any joins in the underlying cardboard or lumps where the fabric has not stuck very well. Certainly, some of my canvases are smoother than others but with my recent work I have discovered that once collage and paint is applied these irregularities seem to disappear, or even add to the effect. A final coat of a high quality acrylic varnish protects the painting. The final painting is solid and appealing because of the slight bumps!
Late last night I decided to splash some paint around...I've been resisting because of the cold wet weather here, I do prefer to paint outside in the courtyard.
This was a painting I started probably 6 months ago and then stopped. It has been hanging in full view all that time and while I did have some plans for its next stages....well, I just forgot all about those last night and went for the colours I felt it needed and also just enjoyed the feel of the paint on the gritty canvas!
The original Lost Road
is acrylic on a canvas made of recycled materials (cardboard and fabric).
size 36 x 56 cm
Here you see it shown as it would appear in framed print form from redbubble
It's nice to paint again (after all that box making!!)
I think I will just start working on more canvases and make a nice painty mess inside the house if it is cold and rainy outside ; D
Here is a picture of Lost Road on the wall with another acrylic Firebird
I really didn't mean this blog to be all about the weather...but it does seem to influence my productivity.
I was all ready to keep at the good work in the garden but unfortunately the weather decided to be freezing cold wet and cloudy....at least it made me stay inside and make boxes!! here are a few recent ones. I'd better do a proper count soon!
And just to confuse matters, this is a mixed post. I created another Bandit Bird illo as well...a little gentle joke which you can see below and find as cards and prints,
as well asstickers and t shirts, and baby wear here
I'm well on the way now to my proposed exhibition of boxes. Tonight I have made another 8, just like that! The night is still young so maybe there will be more before I retire for the evening!
Making boxes at night is fine...except when I want to photograph them for a blog...and the lighting is bad etc etc.
Still, here are some photographs of my most recent fish boxes. I'll stick with the fish theme until the fish keeping books run out...and then, well I'll have to look for some more old books!
...in the form of boxes, of course. And also with music, a lot of the boxes have music, even if they also have fish.
It is good to be making boxes again and this time they are working! (they don't always work!)
Here is a quick snap of some I made today.
I continue to make boxes, on and off, as they come to me and demand to be made. They are taking on different characters now, some have images inside and I'm using a few new materials.
As a quick update, here are a couple of recent pictures. I'm still working towards a grand box exhibition...some time yet to be announced!
The first of what will surely be many...a tiny handmade book, empty pages for the writing of special things...
Made from recycled materials (paper, cardboard, fabric).
50 x 60 x 10mm, hard cover covered in printed linen, 12 pages.
The cover image is a transfer from an original photo manipulation and features two very cutesy cats. These were a pair of china salt and peppers which ended up going to a fund raising market stall last year. I gave them the honour of a photo shoot before they went...and I'm glad I did! the resulting images are gorgeous!
If you are wondering about other pictures of these cats ...you can see them below. Also available as cards, prints and on shirts and baby wear ...Interested? send me a message!