I love using a variety of materials in my collages, and this new collage – featuring a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson – is certainly made up of a variety of materials. New, old, smooth and rough textures, a photo, text, and even foreign language text! I used one of my own nature photos as the central image. I’ve thrown a bit of everything into this collage, including bamboo “clips”, metal tape, netting, and masking tape. And though the materials and textures are varied, I think the overall composition is harmonious.
In addition to using a wide range of materials, I enjoy using found objects in my work, and in this case I found three smashed, scratched, and rusted bottle caps that became three of the main decorative elements for the collage. I found them in a parking lot, tucked them into the cup holder of the car, and eventually worked them into this collage. I’m often drawn to damaged, imperfect things. Things with history. Things with character. And though most people wouldn’t have even noticed the mangled bottle caps, or would consider them rubbish if they did see them, I saw their beauty and potential and snatched them up off of the gravely pavement. Proof that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure…
Curious about how I made this collage? Here’s an overview:
Print an original nature photo onto photo paper, trim to your desired size. Print quote onto cardstock, trim to desired size. Tape along all four sides of both the photo and the quote with narrow silver metallic tape. Use a tracing wheel to add texture to the silver frames, then distress these frames by peeling up some of the edges, and by adding black metallic rub-ons. Slide bamboo “clips” onto one corner of the photo and quote. Set the image and quote aside.
Glue pale green handmade, textured paper onto your substrate/base. (I used an 8′ x 10″ canvas panel as my base.) Tear a strip of text, and glue along the left side of the collage – top to bottom. Attach a 5 inch-wide piece of yellow netting over the text, allowing enough length to wrap the excess around the top and bottom and secure to the back.
Punch four holes in each of three found, flattened bottle caps, and stitch an “x” pattern onto each one using black embroidery thread. Attach the bottle caps to the collage using Pop-Up Glue Dots. Attach the photo and quote to the collage using Pop-Up Glue dots as well.
“Frame” the collage by taping each side of the collage with two layers of masking tape. Treat each corner with a diagonal layer of masking tape as well. Accent the masking tape frame with black and gold metallic rub-ons – apply with your finger using a light touch. Finish the collage by signing in the corner, and by applying a blank sheet of cardstock to the back to cover what you’ve wrapped around to the back.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the materials or my creative process, dear readers. I always love hearing from you…