Last week on The Artistic Biker's ustream show, hosted by Blade, we, the viewers were challenged to make an art journal from paper bags. This is the journal that I made.
I gathered some bags.... it would appear I have quite a few paper bags.
and large ones
I have lots of other paper bags too, I think I may have a paper bag problem lol
I chose 8 of different sizes and colours and added duck tape to the edges, this was to strengthen then so I could add holes.
NB. The tape I used is DUCK tape not duct tape, I buy mine from my local Asda store where they have a great selection of colours and patterns at £3 per roll.
I punched holes at 2cm intervals using a cropadile.
Then I waxed some black crochet cotton and started to stitch the bag pages together, at this point I had no idea what kind of covers I wanted to make, so I just stitched loosely, knowing I would need to stitch again once I decided on covers.
A few days later i opted to just use corrugated cardboard from a large box as my covers. I strengthened both covers with strips of Duck Tape. The covers measure approx 13 by 16 inches. The bags inside are various sizes.
I then punched holes in the covers to match the bags and I stitched the whole lot together.
Once open you can see that the journal opens fully and the bags lay flat.
Here is a quick video flip through of the finished journal... now all I have to do is fill it with artwork!!!
Hope you like it, why not recycle your paper bags and make a journal too.