Here's a collage, entitled Confidential, that I completed today.
When I acquire vintage/antique ephemera, I tend to hoard the papers because I'm always saving them for the perfect mixed media art piece. Do you do that too?
Today I decided to use some of my ephemera. The dark brown paper, in this collage, came from the cover of a book published in 1938. The doctor's ledge paper has a date of 1848, That latter paper is 168 years old. The book pages are literally crumbling but the ledge paper is quite strong.
Today I created some collage papers using calculator paper rolls. I guess they don't call them cash register receipt paper anymore. I used plain white paper rolls, not thermal rolls.
I taped four strips of the papers to a board and then covered them with acrylic paint and various art stamps. I may add some shading to the paper edges.
I generally do not keep separate Art Journals for each medium. I usually do paintings, collage and everything else in one journal.
This year I'm doing something different. I created a Watercolor Art Journal which I posted about a few days ago.
Now, I've taken an inexpensive small Piccadilly journal (about 5" x 8") and decided to do Simple Art Pieces in its' pages. Maybe collage art or paintings. Here is the first page that I worked on. I may add some art stamps to the page.
I completed this Art Journal page for the eighth day of Art Every Day Month. I got the background scene, words and lettres from old magazines. I used an Alphabet stencil to embellish the page.
How do you capture your ideas?
Those are the feelings that I get from these images. What symbols can be found in your Art Journal pages?
I like to use index cards to create quick collage art and drawings. I asked Ron to pick me up some blank index cards. He came back from the store with 300 index cards. My first thought was, “What am I going to do with so many blank cards?”
But then, I turned the dilemma into a positive. I now have 300 possibilities to create art. And since I have so many cards, I don’t have to worry about messing one or two up.
In the spirit of making quick art, I created this collage. I covered an index card with glue and then pasted on wrinkled light blue tissue paper. I then brushed on matte medium over the tissue paper – and dried it with a heat gun.
I stamped some French images over the card, distressed the edges with pigment ink – and last stamped on the SOAR stamp.Now, I only have 299 more art making possibilities to explore.
Image from Just Something I Made site
Cathe Holden, host of Just Something I Made, offers readers a unique project on Creating Paper Hardware for your mixed-media art projects. In this post, Cathe also provides a bunch of free digital downloads for you to play with.
For full instructions on how to make your paper hardware look more realistic, visit her Paper Hardware post. You can also get information on this project in the November 2012 issue of Country Living magazine. I'm a subscriber.
For the past couple of days, I have not been able to post due to a modem problem. The Cable Guy finally came today and did a temporary fix which means the modem could stop working at any moment. A new modem will arrive at my home tomorrow - and hopefully my ISP issues will be resolved. Now on to better topics:
Many times, I like to do quick Collage Studies in a small format (about 6" x 4"). I usually look through old magazines, and catalogs, and cut out images that catch my interest. These completed Collage Studies usually give me ideas for larger art works. Sometimes, I also discover new techniques or different ways of combining images with various art supplies. Here are three Collage Studies that I completed yesterday.
The Venice image actually came from an ad in a magazine. So far, I think I like the Venice Collage the best.
Take some time today to create some quick Collage Studies. Choose random images and then use art supplies that you haven't worked with in a long time.
Here is a new collage piece that I just finished. I created it using my small paper bits process. I love making collage art with small pieces of leftover decorative paper, fabric scraps, sheet music, vintage text, stampings and my own designed paper.
I really do not do it for green or frugal purposes. I just enjoy putting these paper snippings together to form a whole. The process is time-consuming but also very relaxing.
To finish it off, I think I may add some white highlights, using a marker, to the collage.
I'm thinking of making a series of Heart Collage Canvas Panels. So far, I've chosen three color themes for each of the panels: blue, pink and white/beige.
Here are some of the collaged hearts in-progress. I plan to add more embellishments, ink, paint and maybe oil pastels to these hearts.
As I've mentioned before on this blog, there is something calming about cutting papers, assembling scraps and gluing. The repetitive nature of the process seems to soothe the soul and slow one's thoughts down.
What do you do to invite tranquillity into your life?
Today, I was looking through some old magazines, and catalogs, and came across this image of a window box - and decided to create a simple collage.
The image reminded me of today's beautiful, sunny and warm day in North Carolina. It is a definite contrast to the hurricane winds and rain of a few days ago.
My prayers do go out to all of the Brattleboro, Vermont residents who experienced flooding. It was sad to see all the destruction, in their town, on the news.
Since I've been doing a lot of painting and needle-felting recently, I missed working with collage. That's why I took some time today to create this collaged piece.
I find it very relaxing to compose simple collaged postcards. What type of art work do you do when you want to create without pressure?
Weather Update: Here in North Carolina, we didn't get any repercussions from today's earthquake. But now it looks like Hurricane Irene could be headed toward the Carolinas. Time to take my two Shih Tzus - and Hide!!! I'm not as brave as my husband. Stay safe!
For the past few days, life has been hectic. So to wind down, I decided to work on a collage. I'm always amazed at the Power of Art to soothe a person's soul - and provide a sense of well-being.
The collage background paper came from an old book, entitled, Harrington's Spelling Book with a copyright from 1895. Wow - the book is 115 years old! I recently purchased it at a local antique shop. The book is wonderfully aged - and also contains some beautiful pages of script.
When life is hectic, what do you do to relax?
When we travel, I always reap two benefits from the Visitor Guides that I pick up. Typically, I read them to get details on area landmarks and sites. Later, when I'm back home, I'll search the Guides for inspiring phrases, and words, that I might use in my mixed-media art.
You can always find a lot of positive language in these Guides. And usually interesting images too. (But be careful about copyright issues.)
First, I cut out the phrases and paste them onto index cards. The latter provides additional support for the thin pages usually found in Visitor Guides. Since many of the pages are also glossy, I use Crafter's Pick - The Ultimate to make sure the small pieces of paper stick to the index cards. In my experience, I've found that glue sticks, or plain white glue, don't always work with glossy, slippery pages.
This afternoon, after looking through the Guides, I gathered enough phrases to fill four index cards. I may use them to enhance my Art Journal pages. But sometimes, I use the phrases as art prompts (similar to how a writer uses word prompts) to jumpstart a new collage - or mixed-media art piece.
Where do you get your text for mixed-media art?
I used one of the Darling Girls from Paper Whimsy.
I began this collage about a year ago. Whenever, I wanted to play at art instead of make art, I would work on this piece. I might cut out images that caught my interest or arrange - and rearrange - the paper/cloth ephemera on the stretched canvas.
Today, I decided to finally paste the pieces onto the canvas. After I completed that task, I decided that the collage needed more embellishment. I laid the canvas aside to let it simmer for a while - and to let new ideas bubble up for my next play at art. I wonder....Do you ever do this with your art?
Houses and hearts seem to play a big part in my art. When I see other mixed-media artist's work, I often see hearts and houses incorporated into their work. I think that when one creates art, the work comes from the heart and the soul...our nest...our home.
I think that people that work in Mixed-Media Art are forever hunting for, and gathering, small treasures.
The elements of this collage come from many sources, purchased at different times, and in different places. I bought the tin tile a couple years ago from Jaime's ART-E-OLOGY Shop. She offers the greatest vintage items.
The sweet little girl image came from Paper Whimsy. Gale's images are always too tempting. I purchased the fabric (a fat quarter), and trim, from a local fabric store. The bead came from Ornamentea, a fabulous bead store in Raleigh.
I bring my treasures home and let them simmer for a while in my Studio. Then, the right moment arrives and these little gems seamlessly come together and result in an art piece.
What art treasures have you found lately?
I'm done with my short-term work assignment. While I was working, the biggest challenge I faced was finding Time for Me. The long work hours filled up my day so that I couldn't squeeze in enough time for my art, blog or Etsy shop. I did manage to get in some sketching time at night.
When I create art in my Studio, I always experience a feeling of contentment and healing On my work days, I missed that connection to my creativity. But now it's time for me to renew my artistic efforts both for today and in the New Year ahead. Here's a collage that I completed last night.
Sometimes, I'll find an image that pulls me in so strongly that I have to create some type of art with it. This is what happened with the female image that you see below. I named the piece Contemplation because the lady seems so deep in thought. I wonder what she is thinking.
Do images ever call to you in the same way?
When I work on a collage or mixed-media art piece, I can spend countless hours (even days) cutting, pasting, rearranging and sorting through my ephemera.
Today, I decided to create a quick collage with the scraps on my Studio table. It was fun to experiment and the exercise gave me ideas for future bigger and more involved mixed-media pieces.
Here is the little house with the Ocean View
I had this unfinished collage lying on my studio table for the past few weeks. Today, I decided to finish it up so that I could claim one artistic accomplishment for the morning.
I'm not entirely satisfied with the collage. I used clothing pattern paper for part of the background. Since the pattern paper is beige, it gave an off-color to the entire collage. I also used pink velum paper to cover the word GIRL in the collage.
But, the good news is, I leaned something from my art today. Pattern paper does not always work with other colors in a collage.
Have a Creative Day, Darlene