Like I said before, there are many kinds of collage. This is less abstract and lots more fun than the ones I showed you in my last post. This one combines lots of things I have learned.
It does have some cut and paste. The beans are from New York magazine (a subscription made with airline miles). Every month they have a column about an in-season veggie. The photos are big and beautiful, so I save them. The green figs came from another magazine ad. The purple flower came from a third. The hand came from a Somerset Publishing mag. This is the kind of collage I did in high school. Cut the pictures and put them together to say something. Some people do wonderful things with this technique, but I have not yet really been successful at it. So I did a bunch of things.
First I divided the paper into different size squares and rectangles. I just painted them different colors. The top left is a page from Steve’s old calculus text that I painted with yellow watercolor. Most of the piece is watercolors because I like them. The bottom right corner, inside the black and white checks, is a bit from the magazine article that defines a string bean. I painted yellow watercolor over it. (Would you be surprised to know that I always run out of yellow long before I run out of any other color? It is such a happy color.)
I used my reverse tissue paper writing for the bottom left corner. Just glued it on and hit it with a hot pink. Top right corner is the lettering and more paint. The beans are glued on but not in the middle. Not real fond of symmetry in art. I even wrote “No straight lines in Nature.” between the beans. I added the figs for the color. Then I added a piece of cloth. Just beside the yellow bean is a piece of batik fabric I had on hand which has been stenciled with a Jane LaFazio stencil that I won. I drew the bean plant (I have no idea what a bean plant really looks like, so just trust me here.)
Finally I filled in with mostly Zentangles which are so soothing to draw. If you haven’t Googled Zentangles yet, do it!!!! This is a fad, trend, whatever for everyone. It is meditation that can be done anywhere, even crowded subways–if your town has subways. There are no rules and no mistakes. What are you waiting for? I know you did something like this in the margin of your high school notebooks during boring lectures.
The finished piece is kind of bizarre and very colorful. Steve liked it enough to hang it in his kitchen. Just like my knitting, I am not very emotionally attached to the finished product; I just like the fun involved in the making.
Psst! I have been knitting, but I can’t talk about it yet.
Some other fun stuff.