On the Oh My Gothic yahoo group we are exchanging 4x4 inch collages. Most of the participants are making them into a little book . . . but you could just enjoy them . . . or make into a larger collage. Hmmm, I am not sure what I will do with the ones I have received yet, but I have made two more and sent them off today. My dear friend Frieda in Scotland requested a theme of flowers, yummy! I am sure this will brighten up her cold days when she receives it.
This 4x4 is made of paper and fabric.
The 4x4 watercolor card I bought already cut to size from ARTchix Studio -then I painted it.
Later, I took a piece of sheer fabric (a scarf) and sewed it directly onto the watercolor card. It started like this below . . . .
Then I fooled around with which flowers might work and where the words should go.
I ended up spray painting the plain white Prima flowers with Perfect Pearls Mists. I also added some glitter glue in the center of each flower because Frieda loves shiny, Magpie things.
I glued the flowers down with Tacky glue and was happy with the arrangement.
I hope you like it, Frieda . . . it is on it's way!
I also made a 4x4 for Debby on the theme of vintage children : ^)
I chose many more images than I would need, just to see what might inspire me.
These are all pretty much from ARTchix Studio!
I also had a number of already painted 4x4 watercolor squares to choose from.
After preparing for my collage class I had leftover paint. Instead of throwing it out
I brushed it onto the watercolor squares.
I chose a square and started playing with the composition.
I ended up cutting the background away from the 3 girls.
I added a layer of handmade lace paper for texture. It mostly disappears when added to the watercolor paper with gel medium, but I thought the extra wisps of paper fiber would be good.
A part of a pen shell adorns her hair and silver star tinsel that my friend and Nia teacher Kathy Oravec gave me, because she thought I could use it! She was right : ^ ) I also added glitter and silver metallic marker splashes.
the back was finished very simply . . . That was fun!
Now this is on it's way to Debby : )
I must say I have noticed, and maybe so have you, that I have not been doing as much mixed media artwork since my dad passed away, October 1. My creativity has continued to surface - taking photographs almost daily and also through lots of movement and dance: Nia classes, Conscious Movement and Dancing gratitude that I have found here in Florida. I am still doing a few things with mixed media and so I do not worry about the smaller output, just notice it. I imagine something will happen to fire me up and push me into more creativity when the time is right! I hope all is well with you. I am truly fine, except for a hole in my life. I miss my dad.