The Unexpected

I think one of the things I enjoy about creating collage art is the element of surprise or the unexpected like this one:


The assignment in The Collage Workbook By Randel Plowman for week four is Color Charge.  He says; “Experiment with adding color to a collage that is primarily black and white.  A few subtle strokes and bright marks can make a subdued collage really pop.”

In the above 6×6 inch collage, the postage stamp gives a pop of color as does the gelli-prints.  It also helps direct the eye throughout the piece.

In my next one on a 4×6 inch index card, I tried to add pink to make you think of lipstick shades.  The large pink circle is from a paper napkin.  I think it adds balance to the collage.


My last 6×6 inch collage is more simple and yet the red paint circles make you look at the whole collage and find something hidden:


Collage is a lot like a puzzle for me.  How can I help you look further and discover the unexpected?

I’d love to hear what you think!

Cheers! 🙂

16 responses to “The Unexpected

  1. Like a puzzle…a perfect description! Great retro feel to these. (K)

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  2. These collages all tell their own story. I love the surprises of each image.

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  3. These are all really cool Jill, and they all made me stop and think and look. Collage still terrifies me, I want to do it but just can’t ever seem to begin…you are an inspiration!

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    • Thank you, Jenna ❤️ I hope you give it another try – I like what you have collaged so far! 😍 Sometimes I have trouble beginning too. For these collages, it helped to work on a smaller size paper and start with one larger image. Then the rest fell into place. 👍


  4. I can’t wait to try this one. I’m running out of black and white paper but I’m sure that somewhere in the untouched boxes that I need to organize there’s a folder with old photographs and magazines. Great job. I like them all but I think my favourite is the first one.

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  5. I love these Jill! My personal favorite is the pink circle with the shades of pink. I always find it interesting what pieces certain people are drawn to.

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  6. These are so fun! You are great at creating these. The first one captivates me with the message of lipstick that stays on the cup and the male pilot sipping coffee – causes an “unexpected” smile 🙂

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  7. I love your collages Jill – they’re great… !

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