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Relaxing with Leftovers

I had all sorts of leftovers.  Pretty bits, punched shapes, die cuts, digital goodies I’ve printed out, well, you get the idea.  The box of goodies was getting a bit full so it was time to use them.  I just started randomly gluing the parts down.  This was also incredibly therapeutic!  No intention, no pressure, no rules.  Just the fun of gluing junk down and being surprised by how pieces worked together.

I have no idea what I am going to do with this but it felt good to get glue on my fingers. And pull it off when it dried.  Took me right back to elementary school.

Some parts just call to me to be cut out and used in another project and some parts beg me to be gesso’d over & slathered in paint.  I am once again amazed at how isolating part of a collage changes it immensely!  Have you ever noticed that in your art?















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  • Rinda July 23, 2012, 2:24 pm

    I love how you managed to still have a focal point and flow in this.

  • Valerie-Jael July 23, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Your collage looks great, I often do ‘leftover’ pages for my journal, always fun! Valerie

  • muriel July 23, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Oooh, I love it and totally agree with the first comment. I remember when I started mixed media it was always with an intention and of course, very frustrating. Now I can practise it only because I love it, even if i don’t have a project in mind and it does me a lot of good!

  • Corrine July 23, 2012, 4:09 pm

    I love this process too, something about letting the mind wander while you just glue and move your hands, a meditation this piece is, beautiful. xox

  • Karen Smithey July 23, 2012, 4:19 pm

    This looks like you had so much fun! There truly is something amazing about paint and glue and no expectations–and I believe we all could have done a little more kindergarten time, making art!

  • Cynthia July 23, 2012, 5:09 pm

    *smiles and nods head in agreement* Glue on the fingers. Peeling glue off the fingers. Yessssssss. 😉 I love the page. It’s like a whole novel on one page. The many, many stories it tells. Wonderful!

  • JoDee Luna July 23, 2012, 10:44 pm

    What a clever idea!

  • Marja July 24, 2012, 4:30 am

    What a great idea to make a collage of all these leftovers. It looks very very beautiful and a marvelous combination.
    Lovelt greet

  • minnemie July 24, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Lots of fun here! I love the post below as well!

  • Rita McGregor July 24, 2012, 3:19 pm

    I love making cards and I could see any of those focus shots as a pretty card front. Joe from Cheap Joe’s Art Supply does that same kind of thing with paintings that didn’t work. He finds pieces that he can cut out and use for card fronts. So cool! This was a great idea. 🙂

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh July 24, 2012, 7:26 pm

    Now THAT is cool! What a fab idea!
    Thank you too for your visit and comment and THANK YOU for playing along with the SOC – I loved your art and your videos and thank you for participating! xoxo

  • Jessica July 25, 2012, 9:53 am

    love, love, love! By the way I updated my last post to give you a big virtual hug!

  • Cowgirl Red July 25, 2012, 8:00 pm

    Therapeutic to my eyes as well. Looks fun. Makes me smile. Inspires me to do a similar project with fabric scraps! Terah

    • Carolyn Dube July 25, 2012, 8:25 pm

      What a great idea to use fabric to do this. I am going to have build up my fabric scraps!

  • Christine July 25, 2012, 9:56 pm

    It’s amazing, it looks like such a cohesive piece, it all came together so nicely…very nice!

  • Ginny July 26, 2012, 7:56 am

    This is a beautiful piece. The first thing that I saw was the word happy and that is how I felt when I looked at your collage and how I imagined you felt creating it. It is such a happy piece of art. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Jennifer August 14, 2012, 2:28 pm

    what a great idea! I very rarely do ‘leftover’ pages IN my journals, and I do hate to throw away all those little ‘bits and pieces’ so this is a good way to use them. I will definitely be doing this!

  • Faith March 30, 2013, 10:58 am

    I love this! It’s so random and pretty and creative! I’m a firm believer that you should always exercise your inner randomness, and this looks like a great way to do that! Awesome work! 😀