I love to use magazines for collaging. My favourite magazines to use are Shop Til You Drop and Real Living, mainly because they have lots of smaller, individual images of products, accessories, decorator items, people, household items and the like which make for ideal cutting and pasting, plus they are also printed on quality paper. I spend more time imagining the use of the magazine images in craft than I do actually reading.!
My first post Magazine ATCs is an example of how I like to use magazines but I often fall into the trap of trying to make my collage neat and tidy and it kinda defeats the purpose! I need to learn how to drop the neat freak side of me.
I stumbled on an Artist who makes the most amazing collage canvas work using magazines. Derek Gores. Where would you begin making something like this? Love it. His work is stunning, he has even done a collage for his own BIO. What talent! I wonder where you'd begin to create something like this? Perhaps if you started with a photo you took, drew a sketch and then filled in the image to form the collage. Might try my hand at one when I have some spare time.!
A while ago I joined the Crowabout group on Flickr which is a challenge group where they post a free collage sheet to print and create some collage with. I was always daunted by the large journal pages and pieces people created so never really created much. This week I decided to shrink things down to my comfy ATC size and participate. So easy working within my comfort zone. I actually printed off two versions, one A4 size and one A6. Here's what I came up with...
I found these super cute storage tubs at Ikea yesterday for $3.99 each which store the Darkroom Door stamps beautifully. I've got 11 in here which makes them easy to browse through but they would hold 12 at a squeeze. Would look great on a bookshelf all lined up and the plastic is sturdy quality.
I have a slight addiction to gorgeous 6x6 paper pads. I never seem to have enough of them even though I never manage to use them all before I tire of the colours. I bought the new Kaiser Bonjour pad yesterday and whipped up this greeting card this morning
Last week I travelled to NSW for a short break and while I was there attended the Pages 2 Scrap Retreat at the luxurious Kooindah Waters Golf Resort. For an entire weekend I didn't manage to create an awful lot but it was great all the same. Rachel was teaching a class and being the model student I am here are my creations from her class..
I bought these cut tiny Visual Diaries from Riot Art for a grand total of $1.50. They come in black or white pages and just the perfect size for fitting one ATC on each page of 6 Inchies. As I wanted to travel light for the Retreat it was a great opportunity to start working on this little book full off odds and ends with no particular theme ... just to try different stamps, papers, techniques etc.
I've been busy creating some new projects for the Darkroom Door Blog. The new Garden Inchie set is gorgeous ... check these out. More details and other projects from the Creative Team using this set of stamps will appear on the Darkroom Door Blog next week so keep your eye on it.
Leave me a comment here (or on the corresponding Darkroom Door blog post) stating your two favourite ATCs and I'll draw one random person Friday 23rd September who will be posted the two cards they like the most (worldwide is fine!).
I'm on the hunt for some printable images to use on Trading Cards and Inchies and stumbled upon a few great finds so I thought I'd share the links.
These ones shared from DigitalCollageSheets.com
Even though this next one is a Halloween theme, the images still lend themselves to make some great Inchies
Wackystuff on flickr shared some words
Constancet2009, again from Flickr some awesome bottles
And if you dont mind parting with a few dollars, check out these gorgeous tiny images by PictureMerchants which I think are designed for scrabble tiles but I think would be great on Inchies. She has a few editions so check out her shop.
Most people that know me know that Artist Trading Cards are my favorite things to create. I struggle with decorating large pieces so their tiny 2.5x3.5" size make them ideal. One of my first projects for Darkroom Door was as a Guest Designer and I made a matching set of 9 ATCs. They have been living hidden away in a folder along with all my other creations but I've always wondered about decorating walls with some of these lovely little pieces of art. I've always loved this set of cards and have finally got around to framing them.
I've also always wanted to put some of my creations in an art show so this one, together with my Inchie Sampler will be shown in a local craft show this weekend.
I discovered an old issue of Real Living magazine on my bookshelf and some gorgeous prints caught my eye which had been framed and used as wall art. Then I discovered they were all available for download to print. Awesome for papercraft, I can imagine these prints used for all sorts of things besides wall art especially collage, trading cards etc. I'd actually share the article if my scanner would actually scan! But it's not to be.
There's backgrounds, birds, animals, landmarks, frames and patterns. Visit the Paint Place to download these great mono printables designed by Sophie Taylor. If you use any of them, I'd love to see what you create.