Two things I love for collage - vintage documents and birch boards. The boards are someasy to collage on since they are nice and flat. And the edges are square. I've purchased some pretty wonky canvases before - lumpy, not stretched tight and the sided weren't parallel. Makes you wonder if the factory worker was a tad drunk.
So this week, vintage documents on a birch board.
I recently purchased a hand-printed note card set from Etsy seller Claire West (on Etsy ClaireWestMakes). One of the cards had a bird on it (which, being an avid bird lover, was the main reason I was buying) and the other had a vase of flowers. I didn't really look too closely at the floral card and figured I'd give it away. When I received the cards, I suddenly noticed that I'd seen the vase design before. In my own pottery collection! Suddenly, the card became special. My vase (or little planter) had been purchased a few years ago from Atelier Stella and features a cute face on one side.
Now, I'll have to frame the card and prop it by my little pot. I guess that's what is called serendipity.
This week, I raided my stash of Reader's Digest Condensed Book covers for another collage base. I printed one of my linoleum blocks onto a vintage envelope. I used some decorative paper for the heart, textured green paper on the edges and a rubber stamp.
Last weekend I went yard sale-ing and found a really dilapidated copy of Black Beauty dating from 1897. Since the whole thing was already in pieces (I hate to cut up a perfectly good book), I didn't mind using it for collaging. This collage uses the back cover, the spine, one of the illustration pages and some rubber stamps.
My collage this week is done on canvas. For the background, I used the insides of various business envelopes with security patterns. I layered on some vintage postage stamps, some labels and part of an old letter. It's finished off with red and white string and some postage-related rubber stamps.
I'm a graphic designer who can't stop creating. I love creating on paper but I also have dabbled in pottery, sewing and jewelry making. I am a big collector of things-children's book illustrations, vintage hankies, pottery and bird items to name a few.