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Monday, May 21, 2012

ECO PAPER BAG ART -- TUTORIAL





I have been trying to figure out what to do with paper grocery bags for the longest.  I just didn't want to toss them out because of course, it is paper, an opportunity to make art!


So, this is what I came up with.   I'm not sure what to do with it, perhaps make a cover for my art journal.

Start with a brown paper bag and undo the structure to make it a flat substrate.

Next, fold on one of the folds and cut the bottom flap.
Cut in three parts so that you end up with pretty flat parts with no folds.  You will only need one for now, so set the other two parts aside.

I chose to cut the edges with decorative scissors just to make it interesting.








I then affixed the back of the paper to the table with two-sided tape so it is anchored while you work on it.














Choose coordinating decorative napkins.  Separate the backing and tear random sizes.

Mix decoupage medium with coordinating color paint and decoupage the pieces of napkins to cover the entire paper. 


I applied paint randomly to cover but not enough so that the napkin print cannot be seen through.  Let dry completely.

Now you are ready to doodle on your paper.  I use various sharpie markers, but you can use any brand you want, just make sure they are as opaque as you can get them.


Tada!!!! the finished product! 

I wanted to bling it out, so I applied glitter glue to random swirls!  Finally, spray fixative on it to make it permanent.


I hope you get inspired and make it yourself.  You can use it to wrap presents, art journal, background paper for scrapbooking, etc.  


If you make them, I would be interested to see them.  Please send your photos to me at myhappycocoon@gmail.com.


Good luck and LOVE ONE ANOTHER!!





2 comments:

April said...

I really love this. I found it while searching the web for "paper bag art". Surprisingly there's not much out there, especially with tutorials. Thanks for posting it! I just "pinned" it so hopefully you'll get more traffic to your site. :)

Anamarie Fox said...

You're so welcome! There's more to come! Subscribe and you'll see! Your comment means a lot, very inspiring!