Abstract Agave – Exploration of Color and Spirit

Agave Abstact Photo on Paper Bag Paper

Agave Abstract Photo on Paper Bag Paper © 2014 Bo Mackison

Nature wears the colors of the spirit. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What happens when you use a brown paper bag as a canvas, sponge on globs of paints, then add spray paint and glitter?

You have surprisingly beautiful paper with amazing texture and color. I wondered what would happen if I printed a photograph of the delicate paper. I treated the paper with Golden’s Digital Ground, a clear ground that allowed me to run the paper bag through a printer. This was the result.

Hidden Beauty

Hidden Beauty © 2014 Bo Mackison

This is the photograph I printed on the paper, an agave manipulated in digital post processing.

What fun experimenting with paper, paint and photographs on a Sunday afternoon. Now that I’ve successfully printed a photograph on the paper bag, I’m considering all the possibilities. So many possibilities…


Thanks to Marline Dunn for her expertise and guidance as we gathered stacks of paper bags, then added paint, water and sunshine.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Gandalf says:

    looks pretty cool. I imagine it is even more spectacular when it’s in front of you instead of on the screen.

  2. wow! spectacular!

  3. OMG how fun. How FUN!!! I wanna do that when I come visit!!!!!

Leave a Reply