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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Plastic bag recycled journal

I made this journal over the weekend with my lovely art friends. It is made from recycled plastic bags. They are all fused together, about 6 layers, and then cut and shaped into the size of journal you want to make. The pages are from left over scraps of watercolor paper. The pages are bound with a simple single signature (a technique that I learned from Teesha) and waxed linen thread. I really love this technique, but I didn't think I would at first.  I love holding it, the texture, and the bumpiness.  The button was made by me in a ceramics class I took in Kirkland a couple of years ago. This project goes really fast and can be made in a couple of hours, I like that!

9 comments:

Melanie Statnick said...

Very cool!

Chelsea Art Designs said...

Hi Tara...best wishes for 2012. the journal is super cool, great work!!

Kathleen Marie Pequignot said...

I love the recycle principle here! I've used paper lunch bags before, but never plastic ones. Very cool!!! Now you have me wanting to do some bookmaking. ;) Can we say distracted?????? Ha ha.

Anonymous said...

I would love to know how you do that with the plastic bags and the layers, so so lovely ...

Briana, MA said...

Oh! I love it! Very inspiring! Thanks again for your awesome-ness, Tara!!!

Lesley Ann Staples said...

those are so great. love them.

Joyfulploys said...

I love this...I have a ton of plastic bags...maybe, I'll try that some day. I love all your art!
Mary/joyfulploys

Make art be happy said...

This journal really looks great, what an awesome idea!!!

Judy Hackley said...

Hi I was just uulrking your blog and saw the jornal made from recyled plastic bags..Ok now how did you do that? I'm think you live in Kirkland, and I live in Bellevue. Any chance we could meet at a Starbucks (I'll buy the treats) lol and you could let me know how to do this? I yourlove art and.mmaking jornals. My e-mail addy is judyjh71@gmail.com

THX Judy Hackley