"I do believe in an everyday sort of magic...the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone." Charles de Lint

Friday, September 16, 2016

Collaborative Collage

My dear friend Connie bought this collage from my sale....the one I struggled with obsessed about. From day one she knew she wanted us to make something like if for her daughter Andi's birthday.

Connie wanted Andi's collage to be in neutrals and earth tones. I've been mulling it over for a while...but it was time to get started because Andi's birthday is coming up in October.

I decided nothing would be better than to use bits and pieces of Connie's art. Our starting point is this original watercolor...it has a nice earthy feel and will make a beautiful focal point at the top. Maybe I should make a copy....and not use the original. I'll see what Connie wants to do.

I scanned and resized a few images of Connie's art...the pine tree is actually a sticker Andi made from one of her mom's paintings.

I thought the recipe was a fun addition....it's one their family grew up on...I love that the card has all the smears and smudges from lots of use.  I sized it down and overlayed it digitally onto a creamy back ground. We will likely stitch around it and I didn't want to cover up the writing. I still hear the family reference "Betty Taylor's Oven Rice" and "Myrtle Cox's Chicken."

So here's what we're starting with....we'll be glueing, stitching, and embellishing and finally mounting it on a wooden paint panel. Stay tuned sometime soon for our collaborative birthday collage.