I seem to attract collage fodder the way Pigpen attracts dirt.
Even when I'm not trying, it finds me.
In addition to all the things I clip from books and magazines, rescue from recycle bins, and pick up off the road, I get oodles of wonderful things in the mail from pen-pals and MMSA swappers.
It comes in at a much higher speed than it gets used.
And I won't even talk about the "I'm saving this for something special" mentality, and the "this is too good to use" line of specious reasoning.
BUT, drawing on the endless inspiration I get from reading Green Glass, and seeing all the creative ways Liz turns her ephemera into books, I got serious about diving into my stash this weekend.
I grabbed the most recent bits of stuff from my inbox as well as favorite images stored in a cigar box "for later" and spread them on a folding table, imported to the art room for this very purpose.
|Thanks, as always, to Jake for his assistance with this critical mission.|
My primary goals were to treat nothing as precious, and to use as much as I could in one weekend.
I started with 2 old file folders, rescued from the recycle bin at work. I cut them into quarters, and then folded each of the 8 pieces in half.
This gave me 32 surfaces to cover.
Here are the results.
Some I love, some I hate, but all were fun to make:
|#5 The brown part is a half-page with blue circles glued on top, and holes that show the green page below|
|#6 & #7: Here's what it looks like when that half-page is turned.|
|#9 & #10: Painted tag taped into the middle of a two page spread|
|(Same spread with the tag flipped the other way)|
|#14: I've been saving that electrical-outlet-with-eyeball image for years|
|#16: found poetry|
|#17: It's possible I never throw any scraps away. Ever.|
|#18 & #19|
|#22: This one kept going from bad to worse, so I went over the top|
It took the better part of three days, but I managed to cover every surface.
And what did I do with them?
Stitched them together into a book, of course!
At first I thought I'd just make a Diana Trout-style duct tape journal and hold it together with rubber bands, but I upped the ante on myself last night and used the long-stitch binding method (also learned from Diana Trout!) to make this book:
CitraSolv papers grace both the inside and outside covers.
I may or may not add more collage to the cover surfaces.
This makes me so incredibly happy.
I wish I could say this project used up all the scraps on that table, but not even close.
Guess that means I'd better start another one right away!