Collage (noun): a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric on to a backing.
I love a good collage. They're easy to do and really satisfying, they're organic (that is, you kind of make them up as you go along), they're potentially as cheap as chips, they're colourful, and all ages and abilities can get involved.
Rabbit from charity shop, 50p.
one of my favourite-est ever shops.
The black background is just black card. The flower design I came up with myself - I kind of faffed around with various shapes and colours and eventually decided on this simple motif. It's got quite a retro, 1960s/1970s flower-power feel to it, which is right up my street!
|I love the crazy colours...|
|...I think the centre of the flower is my favourite.|
I used paper that I've saved from all manner of places - free giveaways in magazines, packaging, patterns I see anywhere and everywhere. Although I've used paper, you can use any materials you like - from fabric to spray painted pasta shapes to small collectables, the world really is your oyster when it comes to collage. The frame was from Dunelm Mill and, if I remember, cost £3.
|Linzi's cloud inspiration...|
|...and my collage tribute.|
Bird and yellow candle holder, both charity shop buys
For the background I used some paper which had come free with a craft magazine a little while ago, the cloud itself was just white card, and the raindrops were snippets of paper from various sources. I free-handed the cloud and raindrops but if you search online you can find all manner of printable templates. The frame for this one came from a supermarket - it's simple, black and cost £1.50.
|Grey skies and jewel-like raindrops. Bliss.|
|Gotta get a bit of orange in there, you know me|
The background this time is simple and white, and the colours sit on it really well. I love the clash of the colours and the patterns… I think I'm just a retro kid really - must stem (excuse the pun) from growing up in the seventies! Again, this is a supermarket frame and cost no more than a couple of pounds.
|The central red paper came from a Charlie & Lola annual if I remember correctly|
If you want to do a collage yourself, all you need is some imagination, some basic materials and some glue. If your imagination is letting you down, copy something from a magazine or a book, don't worry about it. You can use anything you like in collage but just remember that you'll need reasonably strong glue to hold anything of weight. Try tearing paper rather than cutting it, scrunching stuff up, using all manner of textures… it's such fun! To stick ours on we just used a stick glue (liquid glue can make the paper go gooey, and spray glue I find is best not used when there are children around). Have a go - you really can't go wrong!
Recently a some lovely people moved into the house opposite ours, and the kids decided they wanted to do a 'welcome to your new home' card. The Boy decided to draw a dragon and had it wrapped in layers of paper to make an envelope before I could take a photo. The Girl, however, decided she'd like to do a collage. I decided to join her. Together we sat at our front window and pieced together our collages, basing our designs on the view of the new neighbours' house from ours.
Here's what I produced…
The yellow door was a photo of a sofa, and the green doorstep is a little bit of Orla Kiely;
both are cut out of a homes magazine
The Girl also used snippets from homes magazines. I love the bottom right window,
which is actually a photo of an exterior view, so there's a tree in the house!
Messes with your head a bit...!
|The Husband actually sniffled when given this on Father's Day... and who could blame him?|
What do you think? All her own work, no input from anyone else at all.
Take a deep breath, and get collaging - it's inspiring, fun and messy, what's not to like?!
Bye for now xxx