As I've been working on my index card collages this month, I've come to rely on an extremely valuable, high-tech tool: a piece of paper with a hole in it.
Let me 'splain
When I'm trying to decide on a composition, I do a lot of paper shuffling to see what works. I don't want to tear or cut a paper until I'm sure where it will go.
The problem is, the index card is now completely invisible and it's hard to see what the composition will looked like once it's trimmed, but I don't want to trim it because maybe it will look horrible and I'll want to use one of the pieces somewhere else, but now the piece is too small.
The simple solution?
Cut an index-card sized hole in the middle of a piece of copy paper and use it as a view finder or frame.
Now I can tweak the background layers, and start playing around with a focal image.
How about this moving van from a 1950's magazine ad?
or maybe this piece cut from a beautiful note card Gina S. sent me (it's from a picture of one of her art quilts)
Maybe I should combine the two images?
No, no, no, no, no!
Ditch the van, stick with the quilt.
Glue it down, trim away the overlapping bits, and add a word from the leftover scrap of dictionary page - circumsolar.
On this one (from a few days ago), I knew I wanted to use the donkey and the orange. I was even pretty sure I wanted to use the trees, but I had no idea what to do for the background.
The last one was the winner, but it would have been hard to figure out without my frame.
Here are a few other recent index cards:
|#174 (gelatin printed deli paper from Leslie)|
|#175 (gelatin printed background from Corrine)|
|#176 (bane of my existence)|