Friday, May 29, 2009

I'm lovin' the art of Collage!

I remember watching my Grandmother making collages when I was a kid and now I have been seeing a lot of collages in magazines lately, so I had to try one and I love it! It is so much fun and so freeing. There is no wrong or right way and everything is just so random. I think that's really what I love about it the most. I can just glue down things that I like in whatever pattern or place I feel like it, and it looks great! I started out with the lid from a cigar box. I really liked the edging around the lid, so I left that exposed. I used two different scrapbook papers and distressed them both. The first is a yellow rose patterned paper and the second is a piece with old timey advertisements all over it. You can't really see much of these two pieces, they are just meant to be a base background for the whole piece. I used several different things for the images, the clock is from Sense of Time SU! stamp set, the little bird in the top right hand corner is from Spring Song SU! stamp set. The flower is a silk dogwood flower that I took the stamen out of, stamped a script print on and then glued the stamen back into place. The post card looking image at the bottom right is a stamp that my friend Melissa had, so I'm not sure what brand stamp it is. I colored the image in with watercolor pencils and distressed it with an ink pad and then did the cracked glass technique. Other things I used are a metal button from an old pair of jeans, a pink flamingo button, twigs, decoupage tissue paper, a transparency frame, ribbon, lace, cut out pieces from textured scrapbook pages and lots and lots of Mod Podge.
I have a lot of other items that I want to put in several different collages and I'm working on a collage like shadow box frame for my daughter, Amber's wedding gift using memorabilia from the wedding. Wouldn't these be great for graduates, baby, wedding gifts, etc?
I have a few cards that I have made in the last several weeks to share also, as soon as I can get some decent pics of them. My really good camera is being fixed and I'm having to use a not so great camera right now. I also finally got my computer back! I so missed my computer! Now I can try to be better about posting!!
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

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