Friday, May 7, 2010
I love my train case! I was so worried that the finished project was not going to look good. Collage is something with which you have to keep tinkering. The trick is not to over do it...........or leave it lacking in so many areas. I think I always fear that I'm adding more than is needed. But, I must say I am satisfied with this finished project. ") Here you can see some of my medallions: BIRD, the blue bird and the piece of music "At Sunset". I notice that I have about four faux postals on the top of my case, but they really seem to be the blending pieces. This was a challenging project (and you know how I love a challenge!) and I am so thrilled that I tackled it. ") Sometimes I look at a project and say to myself, "Oh, I could do that."
And. then, when I have jumped in feet first, I get a little nervous that maybe I can't do that. LOL But it is always good to stretch your creativity....spread those wings a little farther out........... Happy Creating, everyone!
I instantly fell in love with this image of the little girl's face and knew I wanted to color it in and place this large, round TH fragment over it. I cut out one of the diamonds from my foundation paper and added it just above the image. The green butterfly above and the bird below this image really tied my theme together.
I took a "Train Case" class at Croppinsville in Collinsville a few weekends ago. The class was taught by Sara Hanlon of Fifth Child Studio. Each participant had their own case to collage. My theme was birds and butterflies. I think most of the participants put fibers on their handles when they finished, but I had this material that I had dyed for a project. I tore it into strips and added various types of ribbon. I attached the nest with the eggs to the netted ribbon. I made several medallions using images and words with Tim Holtz's fragments. I tied a medallion to each end of a piece of heavy string and then tied these strings in with the ribbons.
I started my case by painting the bottom with Studio's Landscape Green. I chose images of birds that had greens and blues. I then added browns and oranges. I had three indented areas around my case at the opening. I chose a blue ribbon with green and brown circles for the larger middle indention. For the two smaller ones, I cut cardstock with thin stripes of greens, blues, browns and oranges. I added butterflies, faux postage and words to my collaged images. I sponged inks into areas to tie the images together.
Sara is a great teacher and is so patient! She offers so many images and a folder full of choices. One thing she said over and over was that she was "all about choices".