I fell in love with collage and mixed media last summer after taking ART-S2-307 The Imaginarium: Anthologies of an Art Doll with Mary Jane Chadbourne at Artful Gathering. Since then I have been making all sorts of items using the collage and mixed media techniques I learned in that class. Several of the items I made had a little history behind them which I poseted about here.
In that post I told you about my mother who always loved to decorate for the various holidays and various seasons and loved decorating her home with handmade decorations either she had made or were made for her by her children. So, when my mother down sized and moved into a senior citizen apartment many years ago she didn't have a lot of room for her seasonal and holiday decorations. She ended up giving some of her cherished decorations away. She just didn't have the room to store or display them.
In thinking about this over the years and thinking about my own need to down size a little on my decorations I thought about handmade decorations that could be left out for several holidays and several seasons. For me that would mean something I could bring out in September and leave out until March. But, what kind of form would be conducive to that?
Well, after experimenting with the mixed media art dolls I had learned to make in my latest Artful Gathering class and thinking about multi level wood blocks a light bulb went off in my head. The multi level wood blocks would be perfect for a multi seasonal multi holiday mixed media collage decoration that could be left out for many months.
The Fall, Christmas, and Winter seasons are my favorite times of the year so I thought my blocks should have a Fall side, a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side. And, best of all, they could be left out for 7 months. All you'd have to do was turn the block for the season or holiday you wanted.
For more information on my blocks please CLICK HERE.
Since then I have been saving all sorts of collage projects I'd like to try on my Collage Tutorials & Decoupage Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's board on Pinterest Board. I hope some of these projects inspire you to try some collage projects of your own. You'll end up loving it as much as I did.
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