Recycling For Alternative Canvases

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu (Acrylic w/Sharpie handwriting on recycled jeans by Michelle Hedgecock.) Click image to enlarge. 

As a teen I remember writing and drawing on my jeans.  Bored and armed with a blue Papermate, I would draw anything from band logos to arrows, to writing initials and phrases embellished by hearts, checkerboard patterns, stars, and other doodles down and around my seams.  Fast forward a couple of decades when I participated in a prayer flag workshop.  We were asked to bring our own material to create our flags with, and what did I bring?  Cut up pieces of one of my husband’s old pair of jeans (with his okay, of course!).  You can check out those prayer flags here.

Most recently I turned an old pair of my jeans into cut-offs and decided to cut up the legs into smaller sections yet again. With a little Gesso for prep, I have been recycling these scraps into alternative “artsy” canvases. I decided to keep the bottom hem of the legs intact on some pieces, in order to thread a smooth stick or an old paint brush through for hanging.

I also like to use the small scraps for mini-canvases like the two below. These little guys are great for releases (Creative Release Project) and my “scrap bin” during art shows and festivals.

Acrylic on recycled jeans. 2-1/2" x 5"

Acrylic on recycled jeans. 2-1/2″ x 5″

"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."  - Mother Teresa  (Acrylic on recycled jeans, 4" x 3-1/2")

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa
(Acrylic on recycled jeans, 4″ x  3-1/2″)

What are some of your favorite recycled materials you like to work with?


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One thought on “Recycling For Alternative Canvases

  1. Old dolls….I like to make them into something quite unlike the innocent playthings they once were!!!

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