Yippee! Another batch of 20 1" collage squares are complete..
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Well, Whatcha think?
I'm both stunned and touched at the enormous response I've received to these, and all the questions asked about my process for them... so here's a mini tutorial, for these adorable mini squares.
NOTE: I'm rushing through this, and don't feel like fighting the HTML gods when it comes time to publish this, so excuse the lack of formatting.. I'll revamp it when I open The Altered Abbey,
and add it there.. to make it printer friendly.. include extra details.. & just be easy to read at a glance..
1" x 1" Collage Squares - A Mini Tutorial, For Mini Art ..
* On 140 lb Watercolor paper.. Create any kind of painted background you desire! Randomly add stamped images, text scraps .. it doesn't all have to look cohesive, just aim for texture, and color..
* Using a paper cutter, cut this entire sheet into 1" x 1" squares ..
* Stack them in groups of 10, then ink all edges in brown, or black ink. ( Some may not take, it's ok.. you'll need to re-edge some later anyway)
* Go through your images, cutting out small ones -- mini faces, birds, an eye, a profile.. think bold.. don't try to cram a ton on these.. look for one element of a photo, that can stand alone..
* Adhere images with a quality glue stick.. on all your squares..
* Look in old books (the indexes are fabulous for these) .. for small print.. start cutting away phrases, and words that suit your images..match them up with the square you'll place them on.
* Color your text, or somehow integrate it into your piece.. I like Distress Inks for coloring, and Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (brush nib) .. edge the text if you have the patience...adhere it to the piece.
* Now have fun! Add hand drawn elements, shadow your images, embellish with mini gems, rhinestones, flowers and more..!
See? It really is simple.. I found that doing it in stages, is much faster than one square at a time.. these really do rock, and I'm trying to keep mine to the same standards I hold my other art too!
-- Hope you enjoyed! - Chrysti