A Collage for Banishing Artist's Block
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If you are having "artist's block" and need a project to jump start your creativity, this card is for you. It was designed by Robin Pagliasotti after dreaming about it, and it has been an exit from her own artist's block. Give it a try, it could work for you too.
The look is wonderfully sophisticated, yet the skills involved are those we all share. The best thing about this project is that it's fairly fool proof. The only caveats are to make sure that your colors work together and don't glue on any embellishments that you can't cut through until after the squares have been cut out.
Following are Robin's directions for making this card.
Glue pieces of whatever papers you have on hand to the Strathmore paper. This is why I save every single little scrap that I cut off of anything, because every little thing can be incorporated into a collage. In the card pictured above I had some copper wrapping paper that I think I bought at an import store, some miscellaneous scraps of some metallic paper I was given as a gift and some copper colored candy wrappers from a pack of ROLOS candy. Whatever you have that fits your color scheme will work!
Spread the rubber cement on both the base sheet
(Strathmore) and the piece you're gluing down, let them both set up a minute,
and put the two together. If I'm out of rubber cement, I use double stick
Be sure that the embossing powder gets put on
where the ink needs to be embossed, such
Smoosh (that's a technical term) all this "stuff" on the collaged papers, here and there and every which way until the sheet is evenly filled up. Try to strike a balance between filling the paper but not crowding it.
Heat the work with a heat gun to melt the
embossing powders and let the rest of the paint and ink dry completely.
When it's all dry, cut the piece into strips. On this one, the strips were
1-1/4" wide. Then cut each strip into squares, also 1-1/4" wide. It's
important that the squares be exact or your piece won't go back together looking
even. I use a self-healing mat and an Olfa rotary cutter, with a
cork-backed steel ruler. I have learned from experience not to do this
when I'm very tired, or when I don't have my contacts in! It's too easy to
make mistakes, but it's easy in the right light, and with the right equipment!
Once all the pieces are glued down trim the black paper around it to make a 1/8" to 1/4" border. On the black card, I used three squares across and four down, to make a rectangle, but I also like to make them three by three, which makes a nice square card. Now layer the assembly onto a piece of copper tissue paper, and trim that around, and then layer it again onto black cardstock and trim again. Layer and glue all this onto a card (pre-cut and folded Bristol paper). This one is 6" x 8". Place it off center toward the top, leaving space to stamp and write the word "serendipity" at the bottom under the squares.
I chose this word because it means finding
desirable or agreeable things when you aren't
I've also now done this technique with other themes, an Asian one, with lots of Asian characters and text stamps, a celestial one, using moons and suns and stars, and a Zettiology one, using all stamps from the Land of Odd supplement that Zetti put out. Whatever you have, you can use!