Hi, hello, and hey to all you Awesome Ladies! It’s Sharon, AKA Nulls, and I have a huge confession to make. I have fallen in love with collage!
A couple of years ago, I did a 100 days of collage project with a friend; that seems to be the moment when my crush on college began! Then I purchased some books, joined a collage club, (yes, I am a nerd) and took some collage classes. I started hoarding paper, (magazines, stamps, postcards, etc). I also invested in a million glue sticks. I actually started a scissor collection, and got started!
Collage has made its way into my daily art, my pattern design, and into my art-journaling. Sometimes, I want to tell my story with lots of images. You may have noticed I am not a traditional scrapbooker (I like to be messier). I have found cutting and pasting things together in a way that looks pleasing to me is very cathartic and more my style!
Over the next few months, I will guide you through the basics of collage and I have no doubt you will fall in love too!
I recently got my hands on the ALP story journal, which is travelers notebook size (much smaller than my usual journals or sketchbooks) and while I thought it might be a challenging for me to work with this smaller size, I also thought it would be a great size for a new collage artist like you!!
Let’s get started!
The first, and in my opinion, the most delightful step is accumulating interesting paper tidbits to make your creations with.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, just start really looking at things you have around you! I use magazine pages, catalogs, junk mail, wrapping paper, and ephemera that I pick up on my daily adventures.I also like to use old ledger pages, old book pages, and maps.
HOT-TIP! I have become an expert at taking old magazines from waiting rooms and my neighbors also save me their old issues! The skies the limit!
Another secret that I have to tell you, is that when you look through magazines, although the large images are great for art journaling, also look at backgrounds, look at ads, always using your collage goggles! You can find great patterns, florals and colors to use in your creations!
Gathering Alphabet Letters
While you are compiling your paper and images, be on the lookout for one more thing. LETTERS! They are everywhere!
I have a plastic box, normally used for embroidery thread that I save my letters in. I cut them out of magazines, the newspaper, fliers that I get in the mail, and so on and so on. You can also use stamps, like the awesome ones sold here in the Awesome Ladies shop, letters you cut yourself, or adhesive letters that you can get at craft or hardware stores. It’s fun to have a good selection.
HOT TIP! Don’t forget you can also use a Sharpie and just write on top of your collage, freehand or with a stencil!
I can’t wait to see what you find! Even more I can’t wait to see what you make!!
Collage is so forgiving, you can’t make a mistake, and if you hate what you make just cover it up with more layers!
I will be back here soon to share more tips and ideas with you for collaging your story.
In the meantime GO CRAZY! Tag your findings, creations, and projects with #alpcollagelikeaboss! You can share them here on the ALP in our gallery or on any of your favorite social media sites (we love Instagram).
Until then, I’ll be at my desk, or sitting on my bed, binge-watching “Game of Thrones” with glue all over my fingers and little pieces of paper everywhere.