Saturday, June 19, 2010

How to Recycle a Magazine


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I wrote about this technique in the May/June 2007 issue of Cloth Paper Scissor Magazine. 
Here is a quick recap.
 Supplies:
Magazine pages and cut-outs, double-sided tape, 
sewing machine, gesso, gel medium and acrylic paint.
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Pull out seven pages from a magazine. This makes a sturdy canvas.

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Stack them up and use double-sided tape to adhere one page to the other.

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Machine stitch the entire stack.
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Use gel medium ( I use Golden Regular Gel Matte)  to adhere other images.
Cover up any logos or identifiable images. 
Let it dry.

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Gesso over the paper canvas.
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Blot out some of the gesso here and there.
The idea is to blur and muddy up the image and text.
Let it completely dry, then paint it with an acrylic paint.

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 Here I've painted most in white, one in pink and one in yellow.
Now the canvas is ready for you to paint your original art.
RECYCLE,  REUSE, REINVENT

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GIVEAWAY:
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The random selector will pick out a winner on Thursday.
Enjoy! 
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70 comments:

Michelle Smith said...

I don't have any dye so Shibori was out of the quesiton, but not now!!! How cool is this?!!! Thank you Gloria!

Linda Knight said...

What a terrific idea, especially since I have some old gesso (off brand) that needs to be used up.
Linda Knight
knightsquilt@aol.com

Marlis said...

what a great idea! thank you!

Mary Ann Van Soest said...

How fun. I do not have to throw away magazines again. These tutorials have been a bright spot in my week.
Thanks

Kelli Nina Perkins said...

Oh Alma--those are spectacular! I've already sketched out some glossy covers of food magazines on fabric and now I want to try this! Thank you for sharing! Kelli

Ruth Anne said...

Oh, my goodness! What a great project. I can't wait to try it. I'm off to buy some gesso (it's about time).

carol taylor said...

This is awesome, def's gonna have a go :) Would love to be entered in your giveaway

Heather said...

What a great ideal! I am inspired to make some today!!! Thank You!!!!

jane lafazio said...

This is really cool!and CLEVER. love it. gonna do it!
Jane

Jenny Doh said...

Very cool.

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

Great Idea. I was about to throw out a bunch of mags. Maybe I'll keep a couple. Great tuts.

Sharon said...

I love this idea, I've always got magazines about my studio, thanks for sharing :)

Diane Rathbun said...

Awesome idea! Thanks!!! This has been such a fun week... thanks for putting this together for us all!!! :)
Diane

Elizabeth in NM said...

Great idea--I've got a bunch of old magazines that I hate to just throw away--now I can recycle for art!

Maggi said...

I have always felt guilty about throwing away old magazines so this is a great tip. Thank you.

Penelope Harris said...

How tempting & beautiful. I'm always amazed at your use of color - I'm such a chicken when it comes to color & stick to the same old ones. Maybe I'd be braver on YOUR surfaces than on blank white ones. :)
- Penelope

Dale Anne Potter said...

FABULOUS idea! THANK YOU for a GREAT idea and I'm sure DH will be ever so happy that I'm now saving more magazine....LOL!!!

Iva Wilcox said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing it again!
~ Iva

Susan in Seattle said...

Ooooh! I bet you could bind multiple pages together and make your own art journals! Great tutorial! What a week this has been for new ideas! Thanks so much to all of you creative tsunami ladies! Hope I win as I'd like to see these up close.

Devan Brittain said...

Great giveaway!

snowbird42 said...

Lovely idea. I love recycle...old Country Homes here I come.

Denise Funfsinn said...

Thanks for reposting this tutorial - I'm sure I read it then, but it speaks to me NOW! ~Denise

Hermila said...

What a great idea, love to recycle and have lots of magazines that I hate to throw, so this is the answer, thank you Alma for sharing this with us.

Sharne said...

What a good use for my old mags. Thank you!

A. Carole Grant said...

What a fantastic idea... these tutorials have been fantastic, and I personally want to thank you.

Sue K. said...

Fabulous idea - I only remembered part of this, but used it to recycle an old calendar and make it into a large journal a few months ago. Love it.

Heidi said...

Great tutorial! The added texture and depth makes for a fabulous background.

Joy Vale said...

What a fun idea - have loved all the tutorials. Thanks you all so much.

Melanie Davidson said...

What a great technique....will definitely try it! Would love to win this!

Wendy @ Living Creatively said...

Great idea! Saves money + provides for more artistic outlets. Love it!

April Cole said...

Very original! What a creative idea.

Eden said...

Alma, girl I LOVE this...i am going to try it though the sewing part might be a challenge....you are a doll to share...blessings Eden

Paula Bogdan said...

What a cool idea! No dye here, but I bet I can think of something...

Janey Jennings said...

Thank -you so much for posting this again, I love this idea!!!
Janey

Sharon Bull said...

Thanks for this fabulous tutorial.

Julie K in Taiwan said...

Awesome idea!

Nela said...

Stunning idea, gorgeous thing, thanks for the opportunity :D

Kathy said...

Brilliant! Thanks for the recap, I've only discovered Cloth Paper Scissors in the past year!

eleni said...

wow!!!!what a fantastic and useful idea!!!

Rebecca said...

Oh this is a great idea! Thank you, I am going to try it!

Brigitte said...

love it! now i really need a sewing machine

Jan said...

What a great way to use up all those discarded magazines.

sheila sabatino said...

a wonderful idea especially for people who don't own a sewing machine ( and don't want to !!!) and have wanted to try some pages with stitching -----thanks sam

dolores fegan said...

Nice tutorial! Now I can do something with all my husbands magazines. (Not mine though - no one can touch my Cloth Paper or Quilting Arts- under penalty of hanging by the ears from the ceiling.) Thanks for the tips.

Dotti Cullen said...

Just when I needed a cover for my journal..thanks Alma!

Robbie said...

So why am I sitting here typing! I should be playing with this technique!!

Gypsy said...

Oh! I always love your teaching techniques!

Joanna Price said...

Wish it wasn't already after 10pm on Sun. night -- I'd love to get started on this project right away! Thanks for sharing it.

Heather said...

This is a GREAT idea. Can't wait to try it, but maybe with a few less pages to use in journals... FUN!

maxine said...

Can't wait to give this a try!

Amy Steinberg said...

Love this! I use magazine paper for tons of stuff but hadn't thought of sewing a bunch of pages together yet. Yeah! Thanks for sharing.

Diane Petersmarck said...

hmmmm, lots of ideas humming - thanks for the inspiration!

iHanna said...

Alma, you are AMAZING! How do you come up with crazy ideas like this one? I want to try this out now! :-)

Cassie Shella said...

This was really fantastic! I have a TON of magazines that I haven't known what to do with. Now I do! I really liked the sewing them together part, I can't wait to experiment, thanks so much, have a Blessed week.

Lorie said...

Very cool project, inspires lots of ideas. Thanks!!

Marilyn K. said...

Great idea - I love that you can recycle and make something that looks great. Thank you!

Joanie Hoffman said...

Excellent! I have oodles of magazines I can't throw away! Now I know what to do with some of them. thanks for the giveaway too.
Happy days, Joanie

sheila said...

This is a great idea and really accessible. Can't wait to have a go at the weekend!

Haley said...

This is such a great idea and super cute! I just discovered all of the great uses of gel mediums lately

Diane said...

I love this idea! This summer I am sharing some art ideas with a neice. This will be a great one for making a journal. Thanks!
Diane

celeste said...

love it! going to give it a try and hope to win these amazing samples!!
thank you for the tutorial.

Barbara said...

excellent way to use at-hand items as art supplies...no need to spend any extra money! Thanks Alma!

Jeanne McBrayer said...

As one who can never throw out a magazine, thank you for a way to use some of the pages I don't need!

sumi said...

Hi
I was doing a post on recycling magazines on my blog and chanced upon your tutorial.I absolutely love the idea and have mentioned it on my blog.Hope you don't mind.I am never sure about the protocol for such things,so I thought I should let you know.

Geri said...

Alma,
You always get me fired up when I need it the most. I usually make greeting cards for friends and family. Reading the instructions for your mags really got me thinking and wanting to give it a try. Sometimes someone comes along like you and brings the needed rain. Thanks so much for your BIG ART HEART.

Christina Romeo said...

Super fantastic and so amazing, thanks for sharing!

Miek said...

Wow this is fantastic!

Danielle said...

I love this idea. Nothing wasted and a great base for new artwork. Thanks for sharing.

LovelyAbigail said...

i'm hoping to modify this and create a really memorable wedding guest book for some good friends. what a great idea!

Quilting B said...

Love this cool idea but I do have a lot of computer textbook which is old version. Still thinking how to deal with it.