Use What You Have to Make Awesome Collages

Julie-Fei-Fan-BalzerHeadshotWhoa! Stop the presses…I have just been suitably blown away by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s new Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop(TM) dvd called “Collage Fast & Furious.” I love Julie’s approach to art, and we’re even featuring one of her projects in our upcoming CPS Gifts magazine. (Oh, I can be such a tease.) Why do I love this DVD so much? First off, you feel immediately like Julie is speaking directly to you, and she’s funny, too. I love a teacher who can make me relax and have a great time while I’m learning something new.

Second, Julie goes into such great detail on the supplies you can use to make fast and furious collages, it makes you want to get started right away. The best part of Julie’s gigantic list of materials is that you already have many of the them around your house and workspace. In fact, I took the liberty of culling some of those supplies into what I’m calling “Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s list of stuff you already have” so that you can go gather things up and get your collage on right now!

Collage-Fast-and-Furious-sample Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s List of Stuff You Already Have

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Plastic fork (from last night’s take out.)
  • Old books pages (Reduce, reuse, recycle.)
  • White glue
  • Scrap fabric
  • Junk mail (Who doesn’t have this?)
  • File folders
  • Old notebooks with doodles and notes
  • Catalogs
  • Bubble wrap
  • Facial tissue
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Masking tape

I know in under 5 minutes I can have all of these items ready to go. But aren’t you just a little bit curious about how she uses these things to make such awesome collages? Rest assured that Julie not only walks you through a number of great techniques using these supplies, she also shows you how to mix and match the techniques for an infinite amount of beautiful mixed-media outcomes. Even an old dog like me learned a ton of new tricks that I want to work into my own art.

Collage-Fast-and-Furious-BackgroundsIf you need an immediate fix, you can download Julie’s workshop right now—so what are you waiting for? I love instant gratification and I love it even more when it comes in the form of Julie and her amazing art. Which reminds me, you can take a class from Julie (and me!) at the end of the month at CREATE with Cloth Paper Scissors. Classes are filling up so sign up now!

Do you have an interesting supply that you like to use in your collage? Let us know in the comment section—make sure to tell us what you use it for as well!




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