Painted Magazine Pages for Collage
Thanks to Dale Anne Potter, whom I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, I have had an exciting breakthrough in the studio. I was intrigued by Dale Anne’s mention of using magazines as journal pages, embellishing the pages just as you would a blank piece of paper. I loved the idea and since I’ve been longing to do a visual journal for a very long time, I thought using a magazine would be a non-threatening way to begin.
So this morning I got out one of my wonderful designer magazines and started randomly painting onto the pages, with the idea of using these as backgrounds to begin my journal. Well! I fell in love with every page just with the paint, and thought how wonderful they would be as collage papers (naturally!) so I couldn’t stop myself from tearing them out and putting them into my collage papers stack.
As long as there are magazines, there will be an unlimited supply of papers for collage. I have always loved using magazine images in collage, especially interior design magazines, because of their great color and pattern. I’ve spent hours and hours snipping selections out of magazines to use in collage.
What makes this different is the freedom of seeing the patterns and colors mingled with paint. It changes them completely. Here are examples of what I came up with today. I’ve kept this file large enough so that you can click on it and enlarge it for detail. In using these for collage, they will be cut down so that the imagery is unrecognizable, and there will be only color and pattern.
I’m so excited about the possibilities with these. I’ll put off the journal until another day.
The above collage was created using a painted magazine page as a beginning.