I have been getting more and more interested in collage and assemblage. What's the difference between collage and assemblage? It's a bit like the difference between a square and a rectangle. Generally speaking collage is mixing together different items to create a new whole, usually attached to a canvas or piece of paper. Assemblage is the act of putting together a three-dimensional piece of art using a collection of objects. This is a piece by one of my favorite assemblage artists, Joseph Cornell.
I think an interest in collage and assemblage is a natural extension of being a scrapbooker. Scrapbooking is a form of collage after all.
This weekend I grabbed a pile of random supplies and created this tiny treasure. The opening of the frame is a little less than 2"x3". (This picture is bigger than the actual piece.)
I filled this Printer's Tray with little treasures from my desk. I wanted to create something from all the leftover bits and bobs sitting out, neglected and rejected from other projects. Lots of hand painted goodies and a mixture of fabric, paper, and metal. Interestingly, this tray ended up being a study in adhesives. What's the right adhesive to hold each element in place? I think my favorite nooks are (1) the one holding the fortune cookie fortunes and (2) the large rectangle which houses the blue buttons and the big puffy heart.
Let's take a peek at the details, shall we?
The large accordion folded flower is an unused leftover from a layout I did for Scrapbooking m.m. It's on top of a scrap of Prima lace and two very large white beads. Next to it you can see three rows of freshwater pearls. I have always loved the imperfections in freshwater pearls. Aren't they lovely? And then four rows of lace scraps.
Printed canvas makes up the backdrop. The flowers are from Prima and they are painted with gesso and sprayed with Ranger's new Perfect Pearls mist.
Love, love, love that big puffy heart! I photographed it from every angle, so I guess you can tell that I adore it! I backed that rectangle with a piece of my paint rag and then smothered it in layers of buttons. The heart is also made from a paint rag remnant. Next to it is a strip of tickets from a long ago raffle. The row of metal pieces are a combination of these circle prong things and a decorative dangle. How lucky that I had just enough to fill the length of that rectangle? Then there are two flowers. The green one is a combination of three flowers (the top one is a canvas flower I painted) plus a sparkly sequin center. The purple one is two flowers, sparkly center, and a piece of a catalog page that I painted.
On the left is a collection of fabric beads. A collection of red buttons looks so cool all smushed together! The face painting is something I painted, cut up and decided not to use. The last rectangle contains a puffy kaleidescope bead, large silver ring (the puffy bead is in the center of the ring) and tons and tons of blue beads in two sizes. So much color and fun!
The top left is a book page with a dangle from a chandelier (an extra part from Portrait Bug's chandelier, actually). I curled up some ribbon and tucked it into the next nook. Those are some tiny paper roses nestled just below. And the three white "thing-a-ma-bobs" are actually 6 decorative metal pieces (3 small circles and 3 large ones) that I painted with gesso.
I always take home my fortune cookie fortunes. I have a little drawer of them on my desk. The top center rectangle is several layers of batting, some muslin, a decorative stick pen, and a transparent heart. The painted canvas along the bottom is a remnant from this quilt:
It's so nice to be able to take all those things that might have ended up either in the trash or at the bottom of a junk drawer, and showcase them. The beauty in the little things, or something like that.
I had so much fun making these two pieces...I'm thinking that you're going to be seeing a lot more collage and assemblage from me!
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