9 Jan 2015

The revamp


I'm in the process of Changing some of my canvas paintings into something completely different.  I know, that sounds a bit strange but I have a collection of paintings, mostly Acrylics, that I feel I didn't want to completely paint over, or hold onto for that matter, so I'm taking them off the frame and re-purposing them into bags or pencil cases.

The prototype pencil case...




The first is an experiment to say the least, but it's a start.  A medium sized painting with cherries one side and birds the other....I discarded the side with the birds and used the rest for this.   Getting it off the frame was easy,  I decided to hand sew it.  (I haven't got a sewing machine, neither shall I as I have never been able to work the dear things!!!), so it is By Hand for me.   I sewed the bottom, then turned it the right way out and used white thread in a criss-cross stitch down the long side.  All very technical, I think anyone could follow this, which doesn't mean I will always do them like this, after all this is the prototype.


plenty of room for pens, pencils etc...




On a future project I might sew the ends
and add a zip on the long side...

but for now, I'm happy with this version



Another thought is making Large canvases into Bags.
Two options I've considered for this is to use the canvas itself as a bag, OR
perhaps glue the canvas onto a tote style bag.

Anyway, when I get round to them 
I'll let you know.








21 comments:

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    1. Thanks Em. It may not be the most stylish of pencil cases, but I'm getting there, lol :-)

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  2. It's a great way to re-purpose!

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  3. Upcycle! I love it! ♥♥♥

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  4. How exciting. What a good idea and love the outcome. Enjoy yourself

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  5. I've made some zipper pencil cases too.... but not out of canvases, out of quilting fabric scraps, and I have the benefit of using a sewing machine! They worked out quite well. I like your idea of recycling. I have a few paintings that are just sitting in a bin, I will have to think about something useful for them.

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    1. You're lucky to be able to use a sewing macine, they don't work for me! Lol.

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  6. Its a great way to repurpose the paintings you no longer want, I am considering taking some of mine and making a *new* mixed media piece by cutting out the good parts that I like and using acrylic paint to "glue" it down to a new canvas, and add other elements around it. I think it be a good way to use up some of earlier pieces that I know will likely never sell, but still have some elements that I like.

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    1. I like the sound of that, makes use of your work too :)

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  7. Sounds like a great way to repurpose artwork!

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  8. What a good idea. That looks like a lovely painting and if you're fed up with it as a painting then what a fab idea to keep it but upcycle it into something else!

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  9. I'm impressed - what a great idea! Looks good too!

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