When I was at Art is You this month, I grabbed a few of the cardboard coasters from the bathroom. Ok Art is You’ers.. didn’t you? I was secretly hoping that Jessica would not take hers. But, she did… and believe me.. I have plenty at home.
Back to the coasters…
Coasters are such a great little size to collage on. There are many different sizes and shapes, they are small enough to work on while your watching tv or you just want to collage on a smaller scale. And, for jounalers, just glue it into your journal after you’re done. As a matter of fact, I have been known to ask the servers at restaurants for a few more, after I’ve confiscated the ones under my family’s glasses. No. Really. I have a drawer full. I have a problem.
So, I grabbed my 3 1/2″ square coaster and smeared some paint all over it with my old credit card. One color then another, then some scribbling.. no plan. I used one of my fabric transfers of a vintage angel. Then, you look at it and say.. “wow, that’s cool.. how did I even make that effect”. Right? Been there? So I wrote the colors I used what I did on the back, cuz I really liked the background effect.
Here is my result and my steps on the back of the coaster. Just jot down what you did, cuz you never know what you’ll end up with. The black scratches I used by dipping the edge of my credit card in back paint and making the marks. I also used a diamond stencil with gold paint and pounced white paint through some drywall joint tape.
I feel like the angel is looking at the cross. I am in love with the religious images.. the “vintagy” look and the colors. I never really noticed them for their art before, but they seem to attract me lately.
Next up is a couple of collages on watercolor paper. These both measure 8″x6″.
I started with Portfolio Oil Pastels. If you don’t have these, they are just great for any collage/journal work. I randomly scribbled lines…
Then rubbed the colors with a damp paper towel. I added more shadowing on the edges.
Here are the final results…
The bird cage is a transparency transfer directly on the collage and the butterfly is also a transfer, but on thin cardstock that I ripped and stained with ink. I worked on these side by side so they looked a bit related. Sometimes, if I think anything is too bold and needs some toning down, I take some fine grit sand paper and give it a rub to fade the area. It gives a worn look and pushes it back a little.
Finally….. I thought I’d share with you a quick collage piece we did at Mary Beth Shaw’s “Mores Is Less” class that I took at Art is You. She asked us to play around on paper first before we started on our wood substrates. I actually like how this came out.
… and speaking of Mary Beth Shaw… please stop by her STENCIL GIRL PRODUCTS site for some great shopping on all the stencils she has available. Stencil love is in your future.. I just know it. Oh, and while you are there.. pick up some Wood Icing. You’ll never leave home without it again.
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