Friday 4 November 2011

Collage for The Stamp Man

The new challenge at The Stamp Man has been set by the fabulous Angela and she would like to see you use collage or a collage background in your work. I loved this challenge and I learned quite a bit about different styles of collage when I did an on-line course with Claudine Hellmuth earlier in the year and I also get great inspiration from Sarah at Lah-de-dah.

What is a collage? Wikipedia says -

collage (From the French coller, to glue) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may include newspaper clippingsribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.

I thought I would make a book of birds for Ken for Christmas and add some of the photos he has taken of different types of birds he sees in our back garden. He is totally an amateur bird watcher and photographer, but he loves it, so what better way to give him something different this year.

This is the front cover of the mini album and I am using TH papers and stamps.

Main Supplies -
Tim Holtz stamps - slight alterations, urban tapestry
Tim Holtz paper stacks - crowded attic, lost and found
Distress inks - vintage photo, peeled paint, forest moss, weathered wood

As you can see I have used a number of techniques to create this collage - I have inked, embossed, gessoed, stamped, glued and sewn elements together. I have bought an old book of 'Eggs and nests of British Birds' so I will be using that to complete pages and pockets for photos - so more to come another time.

Please pop over to the Stamp Man challenge to see the fabulous inspiration from the team and I hope you will join us there. As ever Jill will be providing the winner with a £10.00 voucher for her store.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Hopefully I will be able to come and see what you have been making and creating this week.

Take care.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Simon Says Stamp - Buttons
Just for Fun - Favourites
PaperPlay Challenges - Button Up
Cooking It Up with Katie - Anything but a card
Anything Goes - Stitching
Artistic Stamper - Make your own backgrounds
Stamp with Fun - Buttons


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

What a fabulous idea Brenda and a great keepsake too. Perfect for Christmas. A lovely piece. Tracy x

Sandra's Spot said...

Wow Brenda this is just Stunning. Hugs Sandra XX

lisa said...

As always, you've created a stunner, Brenda. I love the colours you've layered up and all that texture. What a gorgeous Christmas Gift too.
Hugs Lisax

Lucy Edmondson said...

I love the style of this, but I also love the idea behind it to make a bird photo album for Ken. I have lots of bird watching and photographer friends and this is such a beautiful gift,

Lucy x

Yvonne Garner said...

What a lovely gift idea! Just beautiful. Have a great weekend. Yvonne

Netty said...

He will love this great gift Brenda, x

craftymum said...

Hi Brenda

this is a stunning piece of work! You should be in the craft magazines!!!!!!!

As I am only a part time TA I don't work Thursdays so I was able to do the NEC yesterday. I didn't have any time owing me so couldn't go today but I will be there Saturday and Sunday. School next week will feel so restful after the busy weekend.

Speak to you soon
hugs Sarah x

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Brenda , love your collage and the fabulous texture and techniques here.The bird image is divine and how you have managed to create such a beautifully balanced piece of art a beautiful gift for your Ken.


Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Brenda,
This is so totally gorgeous, my friend! WOW!!!

Vicky said...

Totally stunning Brenda....

have a super weekend....hugs Vicky xx

Gram's Treasures said...

This challenge was definitely made for you! It looks like you had a lot of fun with the different techniques, and it turned out lovely. I'm sure Ken will be delighted.
Bruce had his last treatment today, so next 2 weeks are tests and results. Then we see where we go from there, and what is the next step.
Joyce xx

Zoechaos said...

Fabulous stamp can see why it would be a favourite of yours.

great idea to make an album your collage cover is smashing, looking forward to seeing the more of the pages as the work progresses.

Thank you for sharing with us at Just for Fun XOXO Zoe

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

So gorgeous!

greetings, Alie :-)

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous book, its a great keepsake gift. Yvonne x

Cath Wilson said...

What a lovely idea for a gift. We, too, are amateur birdwatchers and photographers and I really ought to consider putting some of our photos into a book - absolutely brilliant idea x

Terry said...

Brenda, this is a most interesting book and I do love it! What a great gift idea! Always love the added stitching detail! Wow! Oh and yes, we will certainly have to meet in August! Closer to the time, send me details!!! Have a great weekend!

Siobhan Fyffe said...

Wow Brenda!! This is fabulous. I love all the different textures and the stitching.

Von said...

Top of the class :)love all the textured layers
Von x

Von said...

Opps forgot to thank you for playing along with us at just for Fun
xxx von

Unknown said...

O wow this is stunning Brenda, love the layers and stamping.. and thank you for the explanation of collage. You'll never believe I was just asked yesterday to help out in a day for the kids where I work and they'll be doing collage.. I wasn't sure exactly what it is!!!

cheryl said...

oh hun this is just brilliant just love all the layers,you have added and can see why the stamp is one of your fav,cant wait to see more hun hugs cherylxxxxx

Irene said...

Brenda, if the front cover is anything to go by Ken's bird book is going to be awesome, would love to see the finished book. Have a good weekend.
Irene xx

Anonymous said...

Great arty project love it and love all your different sewing stitches you have added too! Thanks for joining the Anything Goes Challenge this week, hugs Samantha (Guest Designer)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, love the image and the distressed layers look fab
Lindsay xx

Joy said...

Love the vintage feel to this card, gorgeous... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

Unknown said...

Oh hubby will adore this hon. If the rest of the book is as good as the cover, then what a masterpiece he will receive. Beautiful xx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow this looks amazing Brenda what fantastic detail the colours, stitching and design look truly wonderful.
Lorraine x

Gerri Herbst said...

Absolutely stunning, love your layered scraps!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Brenda, that's a wonderful collage, great texture, love the stitching.

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeousness indeedily Brenda, loving those layers and all the elements you have added... tis FAB! Thanks for playing along with The Artistic Stamper Challenge this month :O))

Janet said...

Fantastic card Brenda,love the sewing detail you have done
Janet x

Jessi said...

Great card!!
Thanks for joining us at Stamp with fun!!


salamanda said...

This is a beautiful collages piece and it will make a truly treasured present

Zoechaos said...

Hi Brenda, looking back and admiring this all over again realised that you do not tell us which is your favourite stamp! XOXO Zoe

Tamara Morton said...

Fantastic card I love the bird and all the little details

Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge blog this time. If you are interested I have some blog candy up for grabs Posh Cat Crafts
Anything goes DT

NanaConnie said...

Wonderful! Thanks for playing along at Cooking It Up with Katie this week. Hope to see you again next week.
NanaConnie DT Chef

Sharon said...

How absolutely adorable. Your stitching is perfect. Thanks for taking time to join our challenge at Anything Goes. Sharon x

Angela Weimer said...

Brenda, What a beautiful project and informative post. Love all the layers to your collage and the whole is perfect. Hope all is well. Take care and have a wonderful week. Angela

Fliss said...

This is just gorgeous Brenda. Love the colours and fabulous textures and can see the finished book will be amazing.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Liz's creative corner said...

What a gorgeous card, love the colours and textures and use of the button,thanks for sharing with us at paper play, hugs Liz xx

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous piece for your background creation :)
Thanks for joining in at The Artistic Stamper this month
xoxo Sioux