A lot of people find summer to be a relaxing and carefree time. Not me. I find the lack of structure—with no school and people around me going on vacation—disrupts my creative flow. Sometimes it's just too hot to think of an idea for a collage—let alone a sewing or screen printing project.
|"On the Street Where You Live" collage
by Jenn Mason.
But then I get annoyed with myself for not creating anything. I know if I just get started, I'll be able to create and I'll be a happier person.
This year, I have a plan.
First, I'm going to make a portable kit of collage essentials. This will include:
- Canvas boards for substrates
- Gel medium
- Found papers
- Paints and inks in my favorite colors (4-5 hues)
- A black permanent marker
- And a downloaded copy of one of my favorite how-to Workshop videos, such as Jenn Mason's "Mixed-Media Collage: Working in Layers."
Second, I'm going to use collage prompts to get me going.
One of my favorite places to make art, especially in the summer, is my front porch. Plus, I love to create house-themed art. So I'm going to use the prompts Jenn Mason recommended for the On Street Where You Live Challenge.
1. Use a copyright-free map image as the base for your collage.
2. Print up an online map of your house. Trace and cut out the shapes of the streets for an abstract collage.
3. Use pages from an old address book to build up a house portrait.
4. Sketch out the floor plan of your house and use it as an image transfer.
6. Try making a mixed-media piece using only the numbers of the addresses that you lived at.
7. Capture your street during your favorite season and turn this into a collage.
8. Create an assemblage with items found on the street where you live.
9. Make a Edward Hopper-inspired version of you home with collage elements.
10. Channel Joseph Cornell and create a house in a box.
I feel more creative already! Now where's my lemonade?
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