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Digital Collage from Painted and Weathered Papers

September 23, 2010

“Chameleon” – Digital Collage

This digital collage was created using several of my weathered and painted papers in combination, using scans and photographs of the various papers.

In order to give it a more natural look, I digitally cut away an irregular section from a larger photograph of the weathered corrugated cardboard that I had rescued from the garden. Then I placed the resulting “piece” at the top of this collage, giving it a slight drop shadow in PhotoShop to create dimension.

Over the past four days, our family’s focus has been totally on my aunt who is back in the hospital once again, after having been released to the rehab facility. It turned out, on closer examination and another cat scan, she definitely had a stroke. Her only child died a few years ago, and we are all she has. Today I go back to sit with her in the hospital.

But during this time, I’ve had little twinges of needing to create something, anything! So I thought I could at least sit for a little while and create a digital collage. If you have a paint and/or graphic program on your computer, I recommend that you try it. All of the papers in the above collage are things in my stash which had been scanned and saved. I like working this way, and see all kinds of possibilities for printing and displaying them.

That’s my little creative “fix” for today. I hope yours lasts longer than mine. I’m afraid this has made me want to do more, but they’ll have to wait till later. Have a great day!

Note: To all of you who have expressed your concern and empathy while we go through this transition with my aunt, I deeply appreciate it.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2010 8:18 am

    Tending the heart and art, you are amazing. xo

  2. September 26, 2010 2:51 pm

    I love your idea Martha! You’ve come up with a splendid fix which I’m going to put into practice myself with my patients. Scanning papers and creating a collage on the computer is brilliant!

    • September 28, 2010 10:30 am

      Hannah, it has so many possibilities! I’d love to combine these snippets with photography too.

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