"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Wednesday 28 February 2018

reassemble and squares/rectangles

These are my collages for the prompts of "reassemble" (cutting an image into squares then turning the pieces and rearranging them) and "squares and rectangles"


I used a piece of craft paper with a vintage notepaper theme in shades of blush pink and soft brown.  It had beautiful handwriting, old typewriters and romantic pink roses.  I left a small space between the squares in a similar manner to the mosaics I like to make.

blush rose

My collage for "squares and rectangles" is all rectangles actually.  Inspired by the first collage, I went seeking soft blush rose papers and pieces from my collection.  I discovered a bag of my erosion bundle pieces from several years ago.  A lot of the scraps were stained with cranberry and rose teabags.  I included a tiny pressed flower and the image of the little girl.  She has the rosiest cheeks.  The words "Tha'lt be like a blush-rose when tha' grows up, my little lass" come from one of my favourite childhood books "the Secret Garden".  For texture, I've included a fraying piece of biodegradable fibre from a shopping bag.  All other papers have come from the erosion bundle.

All collages are 5 x 5 inches in an 8 x 8 inch sketchbook for weeks 8 and 9 of the collage project following the weekly prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman with my sister Evelyn.

I'm looking forward to next week's challenge of "decollage".  It looks to be an interesting technique similar to one I did in my Surface Treatment Workshop sketchbook last year. 

From now on, I will only be doing one collage a week to meet the themes as I want to pick up my textiles again.  A short break from stitching has done me the world of good.  However, as I mentioned at the start of January I am taking things nice and slowly and doing whatever takes my fancy this year.

Thank you always for reading my rambles ...


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Every time I see you mention your erosion bundles I wonder if the people who bought our house ever discovered the ones I had buried in the flowers beds...and forgot to retrieve when we moved. I like the reassemble this time!

Julie said...

Your ramblings are a joy. I'm glad you're able to have some time to be in your studio. All this snow must be a lovely new source of inspiration for you. Keep warm and safe, especially on all those steps. xxx

Anonymous said...

More great collage and I'm looking forward to more stitching. I like the wax and wane of going from one to another. Stay well, enjoy your creative making. xox