Here is the collage I came up with. For a list of items in my collage, visit the Post Extras. page. Did you find this easy or kind of difficult? Enjoyable or agonizing? Please share your thoughts & your creation. Fill out the contact form. I’ll e-mail you back so you can send me images of your stuff and I’ll post them here!
Just joining us? Jump on the fast track and create a collage out of anything you’d like in any way, shape or form. Need more instruction? Visit the previous post for more information.
This is just the first step, of many. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the first step, it could be the 17th step. Also, you may have already known or recently discovered that you aren’t the crafting type, which is more than ok. If this describes you, try collaging with strictly words, numbers and symbols as opposed to images, bits and pieces and other materials. Another idea to attempt is using your personal photographs (that already exist) or pictures you’ll take to collage with. Arrange them in a way that makes sense to you. See what you notice with either of these alternate exercises. Creativity doesn’t equate to only art or art-like things. Once you find your something good, it will radiate and become something good for others around you too.
I stumbled on this book by Austin Kleon, a writer and fellow artist. “STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST” is a fantastic guide about being creative. There’s loads of great quotes and perspectives on living creatively. The key to all of this is this: take the information and formulate your own opinion and tweak it to fit you. Nothing is factual, black or white.
Here are some thoughts:
“Art is theft,” said Pablo Picasso. Well, ok…wait, what?! A, perhaps very explanatory, response to this exclamation is, “All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original,” Kleon writes. Inspiration has to come from somewhere. I have lists of people, different works, places and things that inspire me. There are even containers with loads of pictures and images in my basement to prove it.
Jim Jarmusch says (quoted in the book), “Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or feels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”
For the next post, ready yourself by searching for old black and white prints, other black and white images and/or small items like tags, fabric swatches, tickets, etc… (in black and white) Try to source things that aren’t your personal family photos-it’ll make it easier to complete the project if you don’t use things that directly relate to a family gathering, event or general memories. Start at a thrift store and browse through old magazines and reading material to build your supplies.