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Collage Tutorial 11. Mixed Tape Collage.

Update! I took off the “I love Paris tape” as it just didn’t work for me.

This collage is on a piece of water colour paper aged the with Parisian essence, then baked in the oven.

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A piece of vintage French paper old blue ticket is taped down with tartan scotch tape Ive had since the ’70s.

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A cardboard typo tag, washi tape, string and ink.

 

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Collage Tutorial 10. Torn Posters and Painted Papers.

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I used many layers of a poster I found on the ground in Paris with handmade painted papers and acrylic gel. I sanded in between leaving torn paper and scratches in areas. My interest in this piece is the quality of the surface. During the process I made marks with permanent pens and acrylic paints.  Gluing on torn papers and tearing off with sanding.

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When I travel I love to photograph graffiti and other interesting walls and doorways . Europe has some amazing street art, while, my hometown in Melbourne, Australia, is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for it’s street art and graffiti. Street Art Melbourne

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Reasons to Upcycle in your Creative Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoy finding a new purpose for something that would otherwise have gone into the trash and saving it from landfill.  In all my shops I mostly, reuse, recycle and upcycle materials where I can.

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Upcycle: “to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original”

Up-cycling is a term that was born in the mid-1990s and has grown increasingly popular in recent years. It means that you take a product and re-use it in a way that retains or even improves the quality of the item. As someone with a DIY business, it is smart to make the choice to up-cycle materials because it’s good for your business image and good for the earth around you.

Here are the top ten reasons to use up-cycled materials in your handmade business: Go to Handmadeology

Mixed Media Collage. A Bunch of Dirty Collages.

“Another Bunch of Dirty Collages” created from found materials I picked up off the streets in Paris. My little collages are 8×6 inches – 19 x 14 cm.

These collages and more can be found in my shop

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I dirty up 180gsm.water colour papers with an old dye recipe then use bits and piece Ive collected over the years. My latest series of images I have recycled labels from a bottle of French Champagne we had in Paris last Xmas, lettering from advertising on packaging, found postcards, vintage book pages, vintage wallpapers, fabrics and stamps with paints, pens and inks and acrylic sealers.I find the process of collage is very relaxing .It frees me up and lets me play.

What things do you collect for creating ?

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About Collage

A collage (From the French: coller, to glue) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.

The term collage derives from the French “coller” meaning “glue”.[1] This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

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My house and studio is stuffed with junk for my creative projects….

I have been collecting since I was born. I used to hide stuff under my bed in boxes as a child As an adult I’m still putting stuff into boxes, plastic bags and other strange things. I view my collections as arrangements. They are all art installations scattered around my place as well as material for use in my art and craft projects.

Walking through the streets to the local shop I always come home with something foot- trodden. A piece of paper, packaging, a bright piece of plastic, glass, all will be used in my creations eventually. When I travel overseas (much to the sometimes embarrassment to friends and family) I often pick up off the ground, bottle tops, lolly papers, wires bright bits of plastic, even if an item disturbs me I’ll bring it home. On a tour once in Europe the whole busload of passengers collected bottle tops for me.

My stuff may brood for years in a dark space or cupboard till I come across it again sending me off on another project. On my last trip overseas, I came home with 40 kilo of junk. I collected baguette bags,packaging, bits of string,wire,tags, advertising, stones, free ad cards, labels from food items, torn posters, a book and papers from a bin.

I collect found photographs and make up my own stories about the images. I collect everything vintage, as well as, scientific stuff, equations, wire, tin, bones, animal skeletons, fur, hair, watches, old mobile covers, eye glasses, shriveled things, found numbers and fonts from keyboards, magazines and advertising, boxes, packaging, all sorts paper, vintage clothes, fabrics, wall papers, shells, driftwood, snow-globes, toys, children’s books, games and so much more.

What do you like to collect?