Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thrift to Collage!

Well now that I have FREE TIME LOTS OF FREE TIME I am having so much fun!  I started making these two collages a few days ago with some left over canvas and fabulous little thrifty finds and left overs!  I had collected printed material from before 1923 to make sure I'm not running into copyright issues.  I scanned a lot in to have material to work with and not damage the originals!  The rest I pulled from scraps of stuff I have in my craft room!  Just think you could make a collage for a gift just from the scraps around your house!
Made from = 16x20 canvas, music from a vintage music teaching manual, buttons left over from my buttoniere and bouquet, thread from my first handmade dress, sheer fabric from goodwill, birds from a childrens math book, figures from a vintage dress pattern, dress pattern, burlap and water color.

Made from = 8x10 canvas, handwritten homework found in an old book, music from a vintage music teaching manual, figure from a tips for embroidery pamphlet, dress pattern, buttons left over from my buttoniere and bouquet, lace and water color.



Aren't they Lovely?  I really had a good time putting these together.  The bottom one I did first and it went pretty quick (2-3 hours) whereas the larger one took more time (6-7 hours spread over two days) because obviously I had more to do but also had to figure out how to fill the image appropriately.  It was really fun to see how things changed with the large one because I let the materials inspire me!  On the flip side I got frustrated because I couldn't figure out how to finish it at one point but I knew that something was missing.  Anyways I love the adventure in every collage!

Here are some more detail shots for you!











If you have any inspiring scenarios for me like "girl in ground with her hair sprouting flowers" (yes that is most likely my next one) please feel free to leave a comment with it!

Keep an eye out I am close to my 100 Follower mark which means.... MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!

13 comments:

  1. i LOVE LOVE LOVE that tree one! You are SO dang talented!!! :)

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  2. Those are so cool! And I love that you used meaningful items--amazing!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  3. Southwest Cottage DesignsMay 18, 2011 2:01 PM

    So cute and artistic! Love it.

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  4. Tanya @ Greetings From the AsylumMay 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    I love your collages! I am going to have to get my hands on some canvas and get to work - and soon! I am your newest follower. Come over to Greetings From the Asylum and follow me too!

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  5. Wow, these are amazing! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  6. This looks great...I love the dimension of the skirt!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

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  7. Love all the different textures you used! Thanks for linking up at the Sassy Sites Free For All party! When you get a chance, come back by and see what we've done for the American Crafter's competition... and maybe vote for us too! *wink*

    xoxo!
    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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  8. I'm back again :-) I thought this was so cool, so I featured it on my blog today! You can see it here: http://www.maybematilda.com/2011/05/five-favorites-521.html

    Thanks for sharing! It's really such a neat idea!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  9. I like this!

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  10. Courtney ~ French Country CottageMay 25, 2011 7:57 AM

    What a creative and sweet idea!! Love how these turned out~ thank you for sharing this at FNF :)

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  11. Purple Froggie Clay StuffMay 25, 2011 5:07 PM

    Those are so creative!!

    Hi, I'm your newest follower. I hope that you can stop by sometime.

    Have a fantastic evening!

    Cindy

    Purple Froggie Clay Stuff

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  12. Purple Froggie Clay StuffMay 25, 2011 5:10 PM

    This is so creative!

    Hi, I'm your newest follower. I hope that you can stop by sometime.

    Have a great evening!

    Cindy

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  13. Those are so cute! They're inspiring me to make some.

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