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After spending occasional afternoons creating little collages last year and randomly posting them to social media, I decided 2014 would be the year I attempt to create a collage/assemblage a day. It is an ambitious effort as my days tend to fill with other priorities, but I thought it would be fun to at least see how many collages I can create. The goal is to create something quick + fun; not to be labored. These fast exercises actually keep me sane when I am in the midst of massive deadlines with my design business and assist me with at creative solutions on a graphic project. I believe in play, the random joy a little collage can be + an unexpected solution. There are no mistakes here. Here’s to the beginning of a creative 2014.

Pages of collages week 1 2014

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Here is another dream world sealed in glass. After posting my project and writing the description on my blog on Tuesday, I did a little research online for “assemblage”. I  happily discovered an artist by the name of Lynne Parks, who creates amazing assemblages in old printers trays. She fills each of the small compartments with vintage treasures — tiny bits of discarded ephemera. I loved this quote by her. “When you treat scraps with reverance it redefines what has value.” So true.

art jar blog

Last Saturday, a free summer afternoon and my raw, creative energy inspired me to revisit these dream jar assemblages. Small collages I created and printed on card stock are inserted into the center of the jar. Moss, beads, rhinestones, charms, flowers and sequin birds embellish the cards; it’s a very spontaneous, random process. Lids are colored with paint, wrapped in vintage trims and rickrack or layered with an assortment of fabric flowers and wine corks. What began as a plain store-bought jar is now transformed into a imaginative little glass composition filled with paper, beads and glitter. Now my shelves are filled with eye candy and I cannot wait to create more! Enjoy!