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Monday, October 03, 2011

More about collage

There is just something about this magazine photo that I like. I can't say what it is. But I have been staring at it all weekend. Maybe you like it too.  If so, I have left it HUGE and if you click on it you can capture it and save it to use in your next collage.


Before I share with you more about collage, I want to thank all of you you for the at-a-girl about my last collage painting.  You have no idea how your words feed me, warm me, and make me smile. 


I'll be brief now:  
1. I don't like the time spent trying to decide what collage papers I should glue down.
2. For that matter, I don't like the time spent collecting collage papers. 
3. I know there should be a certain amount of spontaneity.
4. If you don't have interesting collage papers, you can't make an interesting collage. 
5. I'm not crazy about the mess of papers.
6. I like the painting part and once I get the paint brush in my hand, all the uncomfortable stuff goes away.


So, after all that, I think the most important thing is having a nice mix of interesting collage papers.  


20 comments:

  1. Oh My - wouldn't that be AWESOME to have a wallpaper stash like that!
    I have 5 rolls of vintage so nothing in comparsion to this! LOL
    My favourite part is also the painting over top....

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  2. Wow! That photo is amazing! I'd love to be able to just start pulling out those rolls and looking through them.

    I understand about your feelings on collage. I keep trying to organize images and snippets of paper but it gets overwhelming. Sometimes I know I have a certain image I want to use but then can't find it.

    Your collaged piece from the previous post is beautiful.

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  3. I just went back through your latest collage piece photos, I love it! Was that image of Isabella Rossellini? She's such a beauty. Loving your inspiration here. :)
    Jenny

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  5. Oh my! I would like that wall full of papers! But maybe, 1/2 papers and 1/2 BOOKS and magazines!
    Collage is such fun but it does create a ton of storage needs. I gather stacks of magzines and books then in the Winter when I don't go outside, I sit and cut out pictures, items, words, then trim them and sort them into labeled bins (body parts, men & boys, girls & women, babies, birds & nests, eggs, animals and so forth!). Of course then you still have to sort through a bin to see if you have just the right piece you're looking for. I'm doing a simple bookmark right now that should take maybe 20 minutes or less but be darned if I can find the bird I want. Others will do but I get a thought in my head and it won't go away. So that 20 minutes has been a week! :o) Wallpaper sample books are wonderful as are the cut samples in stores but the books sure do take up space.

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  6. Oh and by the way; each time I go shopping or in my room to play, I think of YOU! I had 1 container of NAPKINS and now I have a BIGGER container for napkins! I can't stop picking them up, even get upset if the dollar store or other places don't have any good ones! LOL See what you do us?

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  7. Funny...that photo actually makes me a bit uneasy...
    I wonder if it is anticipation of the huge mess I'd have after I went thru it all...haha!

    I don't spend a lot of time on my background papers....I find I usually cover them more than I intended anyways...and can't even see most of what's going on underneath :)

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  8. I'm just getting into collage. I use mostly the old and bad watercolor paintings I create. I also use lots of old music pages, and others from old books. I also do some fabric collage with laces etc. that I am really enjoying. That is a great photo you are sharing. Thanks.

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  9. I agree with everything you said!!! Absolutely 100%! I started collecting papers for art journalling you know, the collage and write kind. Well the collection grew and grew. I discovered I like to paint more than collage but I have to admit that this class with Katie showed me a new way to collage and paint in that I can disguise my backgrounds, which I have trouble with btw, and focus on my main painting. I get so caught up in my center of attention that I get confused with the background. Your classes also taught me how to use paper napkins for which I am grateful but now I have a lot of ugly napkins as the pretty ones are hard to find here. But there you go! Lol!

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  10. I know just how you feel about the photo, I think it's all of the circles that do it for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. It reminds me of the Shop Around the Corner...but for wallpaper. Charming photo. I can see why you've been staring at it.

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  12. It all gets rather mixed as one can collage first and then just paint a face or person, or the way you did with the papers that had a face that you changed and created or do some collage over the painted face which I did in a painting I will show if I get it ready this evening. I don't like the many papers and stacks of bits, and floating things when I start looking. The trial and error and the thinking it is just right and then far from it. Yet I still love it, really love it, it is quicker than putting things together for an art quilt, or I get them ready for the art quilt and they are right but I lose interest because it takes a while, this is faster and there is a quicker gratifying experience there.

    So you spoke a lot of truths, it is a funny thing, and I like to mix it up and in the end can anyone see how I mixed it up? Another funny thing.

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  13. That photo is absolutely amazing - there is something about tattered collections. No matter how tidy I try and be with all my paper for collage - it still gets in a huge mess - I guess that's just part of it!

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  14. Oooh I love this too. Will definately save it to my images to collage at a later date (thank you for sharing it with us Sharon).

    I love painting over the collaged papers, but somehow I always manage to cover some of the best bits!!!

    Your collaged work is amazing.

    Jacky xox

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  15. Thanks so much Sharon. I already have a great idea for the picture you so kindly gave. I agree with you about all the papers though..remember what our generation taught us..waste not want now..a real curse for an artist don't you think?

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  16. I agree with much that was said. If I find something good for collage I'd best use it right while I'm inspired. If it gets put into the "bin" it just seems to languish. Usually I get the idea first and then look through old magazines or books for ways to help execute it.

    Darla

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  17. OH MY GOODNESS, this is terrific sharon. and thank you, i printed out two of them. i would love to visit this place, but it would be too dangerous monetarily:. and yes, i sure need some more collage papers, i concur with janet, and have to clean out my "STASHES" periodically. THANK YOU!

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  18. LOVE the photo. I, too, am challenged about how to organize the papers that I collect for collage. I have folders labeled "architectural, female, nature/creatures, black/white, etc"...but it is so time consuming finding that perfect piece when you want it...

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  19. At first glance, before reading the text, I thought this was your collage collection! I almost fainted...

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