Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Success! (Another Pieced Paper Collage)

In my last post, I showed you my first attempt at a pieced paper botanical collage, using the design and technique presented by Susan Black in a 2013 Cloth Paper Scissors article.

I commented that I looked forward to trying the technique again, using my own design, so that my final result will feel less forced and more original.

I designed my own piece, using drawings of seed heads and dragonflies from 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf as reference pieces.
I also chose my papers more carefully for this piece, being certain that they all appealed to me individually and in concert with one another, and that they felt balanced on the page.
Finally, I did not include any handwritten element.  As much as I like to include printed words in my collages, I'm not "there yet" on incorporating my own lettering and enjoying the results.
With those changes from my dress rehearsal attempt, I created a piece that I really enjoy! 

Caatje mentioned in her comment on the last post that "often our opinion of our work is not so much about the work itself, but about how we felt when we made it."  How true!  Making my first piece I was focused on following the instructional steps and using Susan's design, which probably led to my feeling that the final result looks forced.  On this piece, I was excited to create my own design and make the project "my own," and it feels much more natural and original.  

I am encouraged to continue creating these pieced paper collages on coffee-wash backgrounds!


Megan P. Ernst said...

Very pretty! I love the colors and paper you chose. The dragonflies make me wish it was summer already. :)

uncustomary said...

This looks so great!

Uncustomary Art.

Jewels said...

What did I tell you! You definitely made it your the colour combination....

Patty Antle said...

Very nice, Andria! You continue to inspire me!

Sue said...

Gorgeous! I think you did an outstanding job and it is frame-worthy (remember Seinfeld and sponge-worthy!).

Linda said...

This is lovely Andria. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing the technique. Linda E.

Carin Winkelman said...

Oooh, it's gorgeous! I hope you make a series, cause these are truly beautiful.

Roni J. said...

Looks like the dragonflies are blessing the sprouting of Easter eggs! Very Spring & Summer of you in the new year!

Maria Ontiveros said...

These are really cool.

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