Creative Play: Abstract Collages
When I first started my creative play, do you remember that I printed out four inspiration photos and then tore magazine pages to coordinate with each of them? So, for these next two exercises I completely ignored the photos and used the pages only. This worked well, since I had two color coordinated piles of papers.
Having recently watched Lesley Riley’s collage segment on Quilting Arts TV, I decided to emulate her style. Sorta. She starts with an interesting image and surrounds/backs it with wonderful fabrics and trims. I found a focal point image from the magazine pages and gave it a shot.
Since my papers were often in little pieces, I wasn’t able to do the backing part. That’s okay. It was a creative exercise! (BTW, these magazine pages were for the image with leaves and berries.)
Next, I decided to work with the shapes I found in the pages themselves. This exercise was inspired by one I saw Pat Pauly do on Quilting Arts TV. Ignoring color, I looked for shapes. Once again, I used them to make a collage, gluing pieces to a small piece of cardboard.
You can probably recognize paint can lids above. how about the horizontal lines on the left? They’re the legs of dining chairs.
I sketched the major design lines and got this:
I thought that was worth playing with a bit more, so I experimented with value options on the computer. I think this is pretty interesting.
All this creative play was really getting my Adrenalin flowing. And I wasn’t finished yet!