Saturday, 15 September 2007

Collage swap over at The Land of Lost Luggage.

I am participating in a swap at Julie's art blog, The Land of Lost Luggage. Julie does great collage pieces, and is hosting this swap based on a book by Sally Jean Alexander, called "Pretty Little Treasures". Now, I haven't read this book, and my collage work amounts! However, I really feel the best thing about the blogging and forum communities is the fact that we can learn so much from each other, so I am now in the middle of learning how to collage!
Julie has been posting 3 steps at a time, I am sadly behind at the moment, but am catching up! Hopefully I will be finished early next week.
The first three steps are as follows:

Your collage can be on any surface as long as it will "take" the techniques. For example, cardboard, canvas, cardstock, etc. I am not sure your collage will work on glass or metal.

Having said that, he we go! Today's techniques are: Paint, Paper, Ink
  1. Paint: Anything you can apply with a brush. Place paint on your surface to be the starting background of your collage. You can use all one color, mix and match, whatever!

  2. Paper: Attach paper onto the painted surface for an accent to the background. Any type of paper will do!

  3. Ink: Doodle, spill, splatter, dab, you name it! Add some ink to any areas of your collage.
I decided to my piece on foam-board, as it takes paint well and should be easy to post. It is 6" square. I started with acrylic paint, mostly hot pink, but with red and white added. I wanted the brushstrokes to be visible. The paper is from a fab book of 6" papers from Crafty Individuals. I was thinking of using some text instead, but I didn't have time to go out and find a book to use, and my (huge) collection of books at home are way too loved to use! The ink is Distress Ink in Dusty Concord, plus Nick Bantock Ink in Damson Plum. I have drawing ink in a lovely purple, but had already made such a mess with the paints that I didn't want to risk splattering anything important!
The next stage involves charcoal, which I didn't actually have, but today I went and bought some from...a supermarket! I has the blender stump and everything! And I thought I would have to go to an art shop!
I am really busy at home at the moment and the photos are backing up a bit as I haven't had the time to blog about them. I have also been tagged by Michelle at Faerie*Dust*Dreams, I will do my bit soon! (Michelle does amazing collage and altered pieces, I love the crown she has as her header.) It's nice to be busy, but it does take away from my creative time a bit. But I have a little notebook, so I am sketching away whenever I have an idea!


Julie said...

Your collage looks fantastic!! I hope you're having a fun start to the challenge!! I can't wait to see the rest of the steps!

Neda said...

Hi Hazel, we're partners! I really like your work! Looking forward to "talking" soon :).

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Tami said...

This is looking great! I'm at the same place with my collage...need to get moving, but I don't have charcoal, yet.