Saturday, September 15, 2012



"Motivation is energy fueled by ideas." It is amazing how one idea can trigger enormous energy and fuel  the possibilities behind a thought. The secret is to act on the idea before it flies away.

Creating a collage is like putting puzzle pieces together without having the completed picture to guide you. I resolve the problem by starting with a page or segment of text. I adhere it to my black gessoed surface with no thought to exact placement. Although it is good to place it somewhere where there is enough room to place papers around it.

In this piece, the second selection after the text and rice paper overlay was the largest purple section. The black and green at the top were laid down followed by the long vertical green piece. I then added a bit more text in the lower right corner followed by a torn piece of purple.

The last bits of collage printed on silk tissue paper were placed with the idea in mind to join two color blocks together. You might say they act like stitching. Placement was also determined by the lines already there. Again it is important to remember to include torn edges as well as straight edges. And if you include hand lettering, it is important to leave a section where the lettering can be written. It sounds complicated, but it really isn't if you remember the elements of design. Black, and white, plus one or two other colors in different sizes with different edges works every time it's tried. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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