Category Archives: collage papers

This Little “Star” Of Mine

I remember singing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” As a child attending Sunday school at church.

This song surfaced in my memory when I was making this paper collage recently.  I find the process of cutting squares and circles and placing them together on a piece of paper (like a puzzle) to be very relaxing.

17A2AB1A-DE3A-4344-968B-39D9A2D2735E

I created this collage with “Christmas” colors and added a star to one of the circles:

4992F621-4D13-403B-9198-EC5738DD3844

I suppose this is a way of letting my creative “light” shine!

And even with the busyness of the holidays…

91799841-6A78-4C4A-BFA4-C696191CECD1

I hope you will find time to shine as bright as a star!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. I created the last photo with an app called, “Layout” on my iPad.

Making “Time” For Art

One of the things I enjoyed about the recent collage class I took from collage artist, Kara Kramer was making collages with a few set rules…  I’m not one that normally likes to follow the rules when making art so let me explain!

One of the rules, er, prompts was to use a 4×6 inch index card for the base.  Next, we were to set a 3 minute timer… I went with 5 minutes instead.

Another “restriction” was to use our own handpainted collage papers with a word or two cut from a magazine or our own handwritten words:

IMG_4216

And the fourth “suggestion” was to use specific shapes for each collage such as I used squares in the “Read” one above – they look kind of like books, don’t you think?  And for “Ideas” I used organic shapes.

Below for “Dancing Designs,” I used angular shapes.  I must have been dreaming when creating “Dreamer” as it took me about 15 minutes to glue strips with a glue stick!

IMG_4223

I enjoyed creating my own “rules” for making some of these quick collages too such as circles on a solid colored background for “Wish” and circular shapes for “Art.”

IMG_4221

I have to say that these were super fun to do!  I now have a whole “list” of ideas I want to try for 5 minute collages.

I’m sure I can find 5 minutes to make a little art during this busy week.  How about you?

Cheers!  🙂

P.S. Have you ever created art with a few restrictions?  What was your results?  I hope you share them with me!

Painted Papers

I was hoping to show you today how I created a collage with last Thursday’s paper in my: New Collage Paper Series

BUT I had so much FUN creating new painted papers last Friday – see a “square” sample of each paper in Collage Confetti 

I got a bit distracted…

I discovered that I don’t have to have a Gelli Plate to create the “watery” look of gelli-printed papers.  I can use deli paper – as a printing press!  WHOOT!! 🙂

IMG_4186

Here is a photo of some of the supplies I used:

IMG_4181

Dixie Kabnet Wax is the brand of deli paper I used.  I purchased a lifetime supply (seems that way) from Amazon.  😉

Other supplies I found helpful were a foam brush, water spray bottle, brayer and some mark making tools (I think I got the 4 texture tools at Dick Blick).

I prefer to use Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint but I you could use any acrylic paint.

I also like to used a plastic tablecloth to protect my surface.  This is a great activity to do outdoors if possible!   It is winter where I live so I used my kitchen where I have the best light and most room to spread out.

IMG_4190

I found that I could put a layer of paint on one sheet of deli paper with a sponge brush or brayer, add water with a spray bottle and then use a mark making tool to create a pattern.  Next, I layed a dry sheet of deli paper on top and made a print!

IMG_4192

After the first layer had dried, I could add more layers like the example above.  I used Canson mixed media paper to make the print from deli paper.

I added color like the brown paint above by placing some paint on a paper plate and using one of the plastics texture tools to apply it to the paper.

I discovered that I could even use thin, inexpensive computer paper to make a print like in the top example (below).   The second print (with more blue) was done on the deli paper.

IMG_4182

I like the transparency of deli paper in my collages.  And the paper is thin so a glue stick works well for a quick collage like for one of my weird birds such as The Flower Bird

IMG_4185

I hope I gave you some ideas for making your own printed collage paper.

Cheers to creative art making that brings you JOY! 🙂

Just Words?!

I’ve been drawing my own patterns lately for collage papers.

I got the idea from Kara Kramer’s online class, hosted by Carla Sonheim.  You can check out her class at Improv collage

IMG_4158

She got me thinking about words…

So I started cutting out JUST words that “spoke to me” from old magazines and junk mail:

IMG_4160

It helped to think about words I like AND different lettering “styles.”

Then I created a page of words that I can copy and use in my own artwork:

IMG_4154

What WORDS speak to you to write and doodle on a page?!

I have to say that YOU inspire me every day in your art, poetry, photography, blog posts and encouraging comments.  Thank you!

Cheers! 🙂

New Collage Paper Series

Paper collage is one of my FAVORITE art mediums!!

I thought it would be fun to show you how I create some of my own papers AND ways YOU can use collage in your art.

I hope you join in the fun each Thursday! 

Today’s collage paper is a random pattern I created with markers on a 9 x 12 inch sheet of 90 lb paper.  I used Uni Posca pens in this design:

IMG_4103

Next, I copied my design on my HP All-In-One Printer that I recently purchased on sale for only $200! It is a HP 8720 – I have to say, very EASY to use AND it makes awesome color copies!

Can you tell which is the original and the copy?

I think the copy is on the right! Lol! 😉

Making color copies of my own artwork is one of my favorite ways to create collage material.  It seems so easy and it is!!

Next Thursday, I will show an example of how I used this copy of my patterned paper in my artwork.

I hope you join me!

Cheers!  🙂

 

And The Materials Are…

I wanted to show you the collage materials that went into making my weird bird from yesterday:

IMG_3837

Did you guess ALL 10 materials?  Well, if not, let me help you out!

  1.  I started my bird collage with a word from this children’s dictionary for my bird’s body.  It started me thinking about a sewing theme.

IMG_3849

2.  I altered pages from this old sewing book with acrylics before using it as part of the bird’s tail and nest materials.

IMG_3847

3.  I color copied a doodle I did previously and cut it up for my bird’s hat.

4.  I used my gelli-printed deli papers for my bird’s head, wing and nest materials.

IMG_3842

5.  A paint sample card for the bird’s eye but I didn’t like the yellow color so I turned it over and used the other side with the bar code!

6.  An old button was perfect for the top of the hat.

7.  A sequin for the eye.

8.  Old sheet music that I gelli-printed for the base of the nest.

IMG_3851

9.  Swedish Tracing Paper that I had gelli-printed a feather stencil – this tracing paper feels more like a fabric.  It is a super fun material to collage with BTW!  I think I purchased it on Amazon.  It comes in a large roll.  I used it under the bird’s body for the nest.

IMG_3850

10.  Tissue from an old dress pattern was used over the sheet music for the nest – a fun element of surprise. 😉

I usually use a glue stick to glue everything down and outline my bird with pencil to give it a little dimension.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the FUN I put into this BEST Dressed Bird!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Pie In The Sky

Continuing with the Apple theme for today’s Weird Bird…

I have a slice of humor for you today:

IMG_3523

The Apple Pie A’ La Mode Bird

Some days it is good to remember the simple pleasures in life like a slice of pie with ice cream on top!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Slide View

I inherited all my parent’s slides and the slide projector.  I have been meaning to view them again.  I have fond memories from my childhood of watching them and eating popcorn in the living room of my family home…

This may sound silly when everything is so digitized today but there was something special about the hum of the fan, the click of the slides and watching photos of us appear on a “big” screen!  🙂

So today’s weird bird, A Slide Masked Owl is in memory of those simpler times:

IMG_3383

Perhaps you didn’t grow up viewing slides on a projector but maybe you slid down a slide or two…

IMG_3387

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Hope you “slide” through your day with a smile on your face!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Shake Your Tail Feathers!

It seems I forgot that yesterday was Draw A Bird Day – unofficial of course but celebrated on the 8th of each month by some of my talented art and bird friends! 🙂

I may be a day late but I can still shake my tail feathers!

IMG_3186

Celebrating that the weekend is here!  Hoorah!

Cheers! 🙂

Play Ball!

I had fun adding some collage papers to my faces I posted yesterday…

I used my gelli-printed deli papers, a little scrapbook paper and some features from magazines.

Here are my favorites with a caption under the pictures:

Surprise!

You say what?!

Play ball!!

Hope these give you a smile today!

Cheers! 🙂