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Soul Food – Collage Inspiration



Julie Fei-Fan Balzer demonstrating Fast and Furious Collage techniques – from the Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop DVD


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.

Bird Collage

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 Smile
  • 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!


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    “Soul Food – Collage Inspiration”

    1. On February 2nd, 2011 at 8:45 pm Kym Says:

      That is a lovely page you created Violette. The color choices are awesome and I love that smudgy look around the collage elements. Thank you for introducing me to a new (for me) artist. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer!

    2. On February 2nd, 2011 at 9:10 pm Kirsten Says:

      Your page is terrific & thanks for introducing me to Julie Fei-Fan, she’s great.

    3. On February 2nd, 2011 at 10:12 pm Rainbow Painter Says:

      I love collages and yours is wonderful. I never know when to stop when composing one. Mine seem to be all cluttered and foggy. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful evening.

    4. On February 3rd, 2011 at 9:20 pm storybeader Says:

      great looking page! Zazzle is a easy online site to use for putting your own images on mugs, shirts, etc. Check it out! {:-Deb

    5. On February 7th, 2011 at 4:56 pm Violette's Creative Juice » Blog Archive » Collage Booklet tutorial Says:

      [...] that was inspired by the collage i made the other day – for a tutorial on how to make the collage go here.  Wouldn’t this skinny booklet be great for lists – dream lists, gratitude lists or even [...]

    6. On February 8th, 2011 at 7:09 pm admin Says:

      thanks storybeader! Yes…..i do have some stuff up on zazzle but have not been advertising it.

      Love violette

    7. On February 8th, 2011 at 7:21 pm admin Says:

      Hello Rainbow painter……..aren’t collages great? I rarely know when to stop either. I have learned that you need to have some empty spots so the eyes can have a break. ;)

      Enjoy your nite too!
      Love, violette

    8. On February 8th, 2011 at 7:22 pm admin Says:

      Thank you Kirsten. Isn’t Julie the best? I think you’ll enjoy reading more about her and discovering her wonderful artistic world.

      Love, violette

    9. On February 8th, 2011 at 7:23 pm admin Says:

      Hey Kym, i’m sure you will love love love Julie…….such a creative talent she has!

      Love, violette

    10. On February 13th, 2011 at 4:55 am milkcan Says:

      Thank you for writing so kindly about my video! I’m delighted that I was able to inspire you! I’ve just subscribed to your blog!

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