collage (From the French: coller, to glue) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. wiki
I was reading a post from Tracey Clark (Shutter Sisters) about how happy she felt watching her daughter recreate one of her favorite past times, making collages. Although times have changed and we can create digital collages in mere seconds without the annoyance of runny glue, there is still something magical the way all the pieces work collectively.
One of the first projects I made in elementary school was a collage. Our teacher drew our sillouette and cut it out of construction paper and hung them from the ceiling over our desks. We were given a stack of magazines and Elmer’s glue and told to add a few pictures on one side. I crammed in as many as humanly possible, on both sides. For me it was the perfect opportunity to share my love of Snoopy, MnM’s and Rainbows. The finished product dangling above my head was the equivalent of the Welcome To Vegas sign, flashing lights and all!
I still have that collage…. somewhere. Ok so I poked around in my garage to see if I could find it quickly (HA!) I didn’t but I did find another one I made when I was 16. Some things never change like my love for purple, weekends, dessert, fashion and 80s music. I am laughing at my mixed messages on the second page, I doubt my teachers appreciated the sight of Turn Em’ On (um …twice) glaring through my View Binder.
Fast forward a few years collages continue to be a source of expression for me. One of our first projects we did last month in our Blogging Your Way e-class was to create a storyboard like the beautiful one below by Holly Becker (Decor8).
You can create great digital collages or storyboards like this easily in programs like Lightroom and Photoshop as well as free sites like Polyvore and Picnik. You can also make adorable HEART COLLAGE like this one I made at Shape Collage for FREE. They have a pro version for $25 if you want to commercialized your collages, manipulate each photo individually in PhotoShop or GIMP. The pro version will also remove their logo.
Truth be told I stayed up to point I could hear the early birds begin to rise playing around io Polyvore
last night this morning.
I thought I would make a visual packing list for my trip this weekend. I grabbed images of things I had (or wish I had) and started to accumulate a little collage. I think its pretty cute. You can also view it online here. If you view it online you can listen to a track from whatever CD I happen to stuff in my collage – how cool is that?? aaand every item in my collage is listed WITH a link where to buy. I could make collages for days I tell ya. **Geek Alert** You can grab the entire code to embed your Polyvore set directly into your blog!
Do you spy the Hidden Hills Jeans I raved about? I also picked up that ‘Perfect Skippers’ necklace at Anthropology for my trip, I loved it because it is weightless and I have issues with heavy/bulky statement jewelry. So many of my clothes are dark, dark, dark I need a little burst of brightness in my life (metaphorically speaking here.)
So many ways to be creative! Who else loves to collage? Do you have a photo of one? I would love to see yours. Care to share?