i love making collages. i make them on bulletin boards and in notebooks, using paper scraps : postcards, letters, illustrations, magazine clippings, photographs, what-have-you.
i've been doing it for years, for no reason in particular, although ...
they do inspire my illustrations. i always make the initial sketches on onion skin paper, so they can be recreated as needed. i have accumulated dozens of these transferable sketches, and keep them in a thick yellow binder. truthfully, i often prefer them to the finished work.
sometimes they end up as mixed-media: penned and painted, with dictionary pages, floral stationary prints, journal pieces ... like this.
you are living your story : soon to be on my etsy
the three pieces above have sold, as well as a few different versions of the 'you are living your story' illustration. they were mostly inspired by black and white photographs, like these:
these images are on my pinterest board people. i cannot find the original sources. please share them if you know.
i think the one on the left may be natalie portman?
the dancing silhouettes are of a slightly different style, however, i'm thinking of redoing them without the mama in the middle, on dictionary pages. thoughts? i'm also always open to custom orders in this style.
there's just something about the process of painting in black and white shapes, writing out fonts, cutting and gluing different paper textures, so on, that is pure fun.
one last thing before i go:
speaking of fun ... it's kind of exciting to see your own doodles on ... stuff.
i recently started a society6 account and wanted to share. which means ...
you can now purchase a couple of my illustrations in various art print sizes, framed or not, on stretched canvas, as pillows and totes, and sometimes as laptop and ipad skins.
i'm just getting started. i will probably add a few mixed-media collages as well, sometime soonish.