I hadn’t realized I was creating another bottomless source of scraps when I started making collages. The courses I took had us make collage papers from monoprints and paintings, and I already had a stash of magazine pages thanks to the Sunday New York Times. Pretty soon I had overflowing, unorganized piles of all sorts of papers from cut out photos, to failed monoprints and paintings, specialty papers, and postcards. And then I decided to collect text as well.
The good news was I didn’t have to iron them and these scraps took up less space than fabric, but I knew I had to bring some sort of order to my mess. Plastic pocket dividers and recycled envelopes have helped, as well as a larger plastic box for all my tissue paper. While my fabric scraps are sorted by color (mostly) I grouped my paper by photos, solid colors, cut up bits of failed collages and paintings, and text. Of course there’s still a pile of miscellaneous, but it’s much smaller now.
Lately I’ve been using my starter pieces to make collages as it’s great to have some of the work already done. My most recent collages are sewn to wallpaper samples and old sketchbook pages.
While “Blue Leaves” came together quickly, “Roundabout” took a more circuitous route. The photos are in order from first draft to finished work.
I still find myself in a quilting mindset as I seem to have a horror of any background left showing. My next collage challenge will be to leave lots of white space.
On a totally unrelated note, I came across this quote by Pablo Picasso while I was watching “Great Art Explained” about Guernica:
We are know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.
I’m linking to Off The Wall Friday.
5 responses to “Now I Have Paper Scraps”
It sounds like you have a nice paper stash. The cardboard looks great and I think the stitching adds a lot too. The beautiful colors, the shapes, marks, and layers make them really pop! Have you had to adjust the machine tension to stitch through the layers? Thanks.
The biggest adjustment I make for stitching on paper is to put in an old needle as paper really dulls a needle point. Sometimes I have to adjust the foot pressure to get the paper to feed, but sewing paper is easier than sewing chiffon or slippery stuff. I also lengthen the stitch length so the paper doesn’t weaken on the stitch line, and you have no do overs with paper.
I appreciate the tips. Thank you..
Oh, I just watched Great Art Explained as well. It is really well done and totally enjoyed it. I love your collages!
So glad to hear of another fan of that series. And thanks for the kind words.