Friday, 14 April 2017

Post 142: Mixed Media Upcycled Paper Bag

Hi friends :)

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I'd like to share a mixed media upcycled paper bag today :) Mother's day is in May and so I thought I would make something on that theme. I had a paper bag lying around from a Dominos Pizza Delivery and I had saved it because I love Kraft paper, so I decided to add some mixed media elements to it and experiment. The color scheme used is browns, blues and white. The stamped focal image is of a lady wearing a saree and the background images consist of a pregnant lady, sentiments which read "I love you" and "mom", a flower and a heart. 

Synopsis of the process:-

Gesso was applied on the paper bag to prep the surface. Then colors were added in layers using sprays, zig markers, paint and an aqua brush. This was followed by background stamping using archival ink. On Bielo cardstock the lady image was stamped and colored with zig markers, then the image was roughly torn and distressed to give a worn out look. A brown colored craftyscrappers die cut was taken and to add color and texture to it, some blue acrylic paint was applied to it and then the distressed image was stuck onto the die cut. Then on a piece of cardstock, gesso was applied, colors were added using sprays and paint, some stamping was done and then this piece was torn into pieces and colored on the edges. The die cut with the lady image and these prepared pieces were layered and adhered to the paper bag using Tombow mono multi glue.Some more stamping was done in the background, few drips were created with sprays and then in the end white and brown splashes were made with gesso and spray respectively. 

List of Supplies:-

1. CraftyScrappers Stamp- Being Indian
2. CraftyScrappers Stamp- Love Thoughts
3. CraftyScrappers Stamp- Pregnancy
4. Designs by Ryn Stamp- African Daisy
5. Ranger's Archival Jet Black Inkpad
6. CraftyScrappers Die cut
7. CraftyScrappers Flower
8. Camlin White Gesso
9. Lil Birdie Color Splash Spray- Mocha 
10. Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Paint- Aloha (blue)
11. Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
12. Aqua Brush
13. Fevicol glue
14. Water spray bottle 
15. Artzone metallic paint- Paradise bay (blue)
16. Homemade spray with Prima Finnabair Mica Powder- Blue
17. Bielo Cardstock
18. Tombow mono multi glue

Here are a few pictures of the bag:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

Rubber Dance April Colour Challenge (there is background stamping and the focal image and sentiment are all stamped, the 3 colors from the moodboard have been used here)

HLS MM April Challenge (2 sprays have been used here)

Word Art Wednesday Weeks 278-279 (second entry here)

Thanks for your time :)
Would love to read your comments. 
Stay blessed!


  1. What a cool bag!!! Love it! Thank you for joining us over at the Rubber Dance challenge! xx Susanne.

  2. Very creative idea Preeti! Love how you up cycled the bag instead of throwing it away :)

  3. What a lovely transformation. Love all the painty layers and your pretty lady. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  4. This is so cool. I love upcycling! Great gift for a mum. Where I live the Mother's Day is in february :-) Thank you for joining Rubber Dance Challenge.
    Hugs, Anita

  5. WOW, it's amazing to think that you took what some would deem a "piece of garbage" (paper bag) and turn it into a gorgeous piece of art. If you use this bag to give a gift to someone, they will surely never want to throw it out. It could be framed it's so beautiful. What a wonderful way to upcycle something. Thanks so much for sharing your art in our challenge. I love having you play along with us.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  6. Super result! You must have had fun making this!
    Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
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