Today is part 2 of the Naughty Secretary Club 3 day special on collage. Yesterday I chatted all about my adventures taking a piece of paper with purple paint and transforming it into a pair of one of a kind earrings. Today is about using collage in more of a home decorating type of way. Over the weekend while chatting with my collaging partner in crime Traci Bautista I mentioned that I had the urge to create some art. Not the kind that you wear, but the kind that you hang on the wall. I’m never going to have art hanging in the Whitney, but I managed to whip up something that I would not be embarrassed to hang in Casa Perkins.
The basis for my picture started out using a little different collage technique that Traci taught me which was fill your paper with paint and smoosh another piece of paper on top of it. I opted for some groovy bright 60’s colors. The added bonus of this technique is I have two pieces of collage background to play with.
I have a big jar of keys that I bought ages ago at a Flea Market knowing that one day they would come in handy, and this weekend their day to shine finally came. Using my sticky back fun foam and various keys that said things like “Sears” and “Donner” I made myself a custom stamp.
I needed to let my collage dry and by this point it was the wee hours of the morning and Traci and I were getting sleepy. I hate going to bed with an unfinished craft project looming, but alas as a pregnant chick I don’t have much control over getting tired these days.
The next day my collage was dry enough to run through my printer and make a copy. That way I can use my original collage over and over again for various projects. On the color copy I applied one of my Antique Frame Hambly Rub-On’s around one of my favorite key prints that said “Sears”. You might recall the rub-on’s from the Transfer Me Jewelry project in The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry.
I knew I wanted to mount everything on a large wooden oval (the same I used for the Phoning Flo Necklace in The Naughty Secretary Club book) and traced this oval over some Hambly Mini Bicycles paper. Last of all I painted the wood a maroon color that matched my frame and let dry.
After the paint had dried I trimmed the oval in aqua blue yarn around the edges. Realizing now I wanted to frame this piece, there was really no point in me painting the back, but to start I didn’t know if this was going to be a large pendant or not.
While the glue on the yarn dried I took Traci to her first Hobby Lobby where her line of Collage Pauge was spotted yet again!
At Hobby Lobby Traci and I scored various crafting supplies to add to our collage madness. I was looking for a small frame to put my key art inside and brought home two options. I also picked up some yellow scrap booking paper to use as a background to lay my Hambly Raffle Leaf Overlay over in the background.
Here’s my little project all framed up. Whatcha think? Should I quit making jewelry and start trying to book art shows? I once won an art contest in 7th grade for a picture of Axl Rose I did with colored pencils, maybe art is my true calling. Then again maybe not, but either way I had a ton of fun making this collage and can’t wait to find just the right place to hang it up.
Remember tune in tomorrow for the 3rd and final installment on collaging with my buddy Traci. Tomorrow I take collaging to a whole new jewelry level with necklaces and earrings!