I started off by looking through my collage stash – painted papers etc.
The finished collage – i used a bird image from a Christmas card
Long skinny collage
I clipped some phrases from an old book that spoke to me
Last night i decided to watch Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s video for a bit of inspiration. I love Julie’s energy and natural ease in front of the camera. She makes everything seem easy which it is if you simply let go and have fun! Julie is the kind of person you would love to hang out with and make art for an afternoon!
I often receive e-mails from women saying that they are creatively blocked or don’t have time to make anything. Well this kind of collaging is just the ticket to get out of the doldrums and banish the “i don’t have time excuse”! This collage only took 15 minutes tops. Okay – i did have painted paper scraps leftover from when i was creating art for one of my clients – but I’m sure you are likely to have some too! If not why not spend a couple of hours blissfully painting, scrapping and splotching paint on papers to build up your supply? Your creative spirit will thank you for it.
I randomly picked some papers that seemed to fit with my bird image. I have an old book (it was free) called The House of Elrig by Gavin Maxwell. It is absolutely delightful full of nature exploration so it the perfect book to clip nature inspired phrases from. I’m not really sure what this process is called – it might be called Found Poetry. Anyways Julie talks briefly about it in the DVD so i thought i would try it.
- I clipped phrases, glued them down on the painted paper and then outlined them with a black stabilo pencil.
- I added a piece of torn book page, a thin strip of painted paper and a circle image from my stash
- next i glued the bird down
- all elements were outlined with the stabilio pencil. I added a bit of water to the outlines for that cool smudgey quality
- lastly i brightened up some of the edges of the collage with watersoluble oil pastels.
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Well that’s it for today…..hope you’re having a lovely day!