Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snowman collage

If you dropped by for Tuesday Tea with Kimmie and friends, you saw the start of this collage. I started with what was left of one of my outdoor garden signs I bought last year and finished with a collage I hope to stick on my front porch. Of course, I can't take photos of my front porch because I don't seem to have access to any of my external or additional drives (other than my operating system-OS-drive) .


Using a stencil I thought looked like a snowflake, I added various color mists and two smaller stencils. Once I positioned the water resistant fabric on the watercolor paper, it didn't want to stay glued when I used gel medium. Next I tried Mod Podge, a glue I have NEVER been fond of. Still not sticking on the edges, I finished using Elmer's white glue (not school glue).

Next, I covered the front of the fabric with gel medium, trying to stay away from the misted areas that have a tendency to run when covered with any wet medium. At that time, I added bits of a dictionary page and the holographic snowflakes (little embellishments often used as bits thrown on tables or into envelopes) that took on the surrounding colors of the collage.

Now that I have finished scanning this, I intend to seal it with a fixative before I hang it on my porch. I needed a winter piece of art for my front porch, because my Christmas wreath was looking far too dated. Not allowing myself to buy anything new, I created this using all the materials I have on hand. Are you recycling, reusing, and reinterpreting your art or media this year?

13 thoughtful remarks:

Ohhh Snap said...

Love this! And how did I not know about holographic snowflakes?? :D

jacque4u2c said...

This is fantastic!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

My kind of decorating- I love to use stuff that I've MADE not bought! And your collage is incredibly "display worthy" I LOVE it!

Sue said...

Hi ya hun
a fabulous snowman he look fantastic on your porch, look forward to seeing him there in dec, sue,x

kimmie said...

I love how he turned out! I especially like the ripped bits of book text :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I love this sweet snowman. He will brighten up your porch for sure. I'm in a "trying very hard" not to buy any supplies mode. I have way too much and need to whittle down before I add to it. My one exception is beads which I seem to have no power to resist!

Nancy said...

what a great project :) I love your background! This snowman will be the so great out on the porch. I am patting myself on the back too--haven't bought anything new for quite a while!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

That's darn cute, E. it will be a cheerful greeting to all who come to call!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

That's darn cute, E. it will be a cheerful greeting to all who come to call!

Anonymous said...

Its been a long time since I visited. So happy to see this darling snowman.

XX Rachel XX

peggy aplSEEDS said...

that is one cheerful snowman! good idea to make it now when you have the time. then it will be all ready when you need it! thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Dianne said...

this turned out very festive! I really like the use of the doily as a snowflake stencil...

Halle said...

Wonderful snowman! I really love the background...the doily gave him sort of a halo effect.