Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Intuitive Collage

I found a blog through Seth Apter's Sunday series that showed a process of making a collage by starting big and then subdividing it into smaller parts. I really liked the idea because I have a hard time making a collage that is to be the finished product. I tend to overthink it. The artist is Martha Marshall and she has a great blog that not only showcases her art, but includes some of the process that she goes through.

The paper I am using is only 60# and is 14" x 17". I began by adding several shades of blue randomly.

I took this picture with Photo Booth (on my Mac)

After it dried, I pulled out a couple of containers of scraps and a couple of magazines and began to randomly paste parts of pictures that I liked the color, pattern or something that just caught my eye.

This also was taken by Photo Booth

After this step dried, I randomly spattered and sprayed a yellow/gold color. Then after that dried I did a little bit of stamping. Here is what it looked before I began to cut it apart.

Photo Booth

I let it dry thoroughly and then using a 4 x 6 piece of glass I looked for composition that I liked. I found four small collages and will use the leftover in another project. Here are the choices I made.
These pictures were taken with my DSLR.



I am not sure these are oriented in the way they will be once they are matted, but for now I am quite happy with them. I can't decide if I want to glue them to small pieces of wood or attach them to matboard..... Any suggestions?

As this year draws to a close, I am very much aware of how much of my growth and confidence is due to my internet family. I want you to know that you are greatly appreciated and I look forward to another year of blogging and exchanging ideas and comments.



  1. Vicki they look great and what a good idea.

    It could be neat to also have cut them into ATC card size for you to trade with others.

    Love Renee xoxo

  2. Yes, that's a very good way to get some projects started - I like the things you've chosen so far. BTW, what's photo booth on your computer? Do I have it on mine? hugs, nancy

  3. what a fun collage - i love the piece "get 10 years back"! as for your last paragraph i could not agree more - i feel just the same way!

  4. Your collages turned out great. I like to collage this way too. I usually add a lot more layers till everything is a jumble and then use it for journal covers. I don't look for favorite spots since I've done so much to it but just cut it up into the sizes I need. I tend to start on thin cardboard too since I use it for covers. Let's see some more. Go have more fun!

  5. Yes, this is nice. The smaller collages have great compositions! I like the process.

  6. Keep growing and thanks for all your samples you provided and your info!!!
    Happy new year!

  7. This is such a fun art piece! I like all the things you've put on there! Neat idea!!

  8. So glad you not only read about Martha's "secret" on my blog... but that you also went ahead and tried it out yourself. Looks great!!

  9. Vicki, these are so great! I really appreciate the mention, and love what you did with your collages.

    In response to your question, you might like mounting them on something bigger so they have about an inch and a half a border, such as bristol board or just some heavy drawing paper. I like to use fusible webbing to mount works on paper to a backing. Then when they're framed they can be matted or not. Or how about mounting them directly to canvases, flush with the edge?

    I also like Renee's idea of making some ATCs this way.

    Have fun - you've inspired me!


  10. Vicki, these are really great and I love the idea! Happy New year!!!

  11. Wonderful method to help get past those moments of perfection and doubt. Also, a great way to make some serendipitous discoveries and connections! You could also cut them into squares and cover a wood block.

  12. Love that collage! Have a Happy New Year!!!!!

  13. What a cool idea! I need to try that out!

  14. Nice work. You can photocopy or scan then print a copy, cut it up with different to use in future collages.

  15. Very interesting results. I tend to over-think my work as well. Sometimes that prevents me from even starting. lol.

    I think this series would look neat mounted on wood and hinged together accordion fashion (like a room divider folding screen).

    Your "art every day" effort is producing some wonderful results.

  16. Hello Vicki! It is I, your long, lost, comment, pal. LOL I have been so behind in commenting on your blog. Anyway, I love your Collage. Keep up the good work. I wish I had the motivation to some myself. I am overwhelmed with my messy art room. I like the pictures and things you picked for the collage. Love it! Hugs, Francine