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Friday, March 5, 2010

A New Collage...

 I was inspired today by an old piece of sheet music!  Entitled "Girl of Mine", it seemed a natural backdrop to some more romantic items I have collected for assemblage and collage.  I used the sweet vintage millinery flowers I found antiquing a couple of weeks ago, a vintage photo folder, ephemera, a pretty piece of old hardware, vintage seam binding and lace, and topped it off with domed glass reclaimed from a vintage alarm clock.  It was constructed on a stretched 8 x 10 canvas.  It was a fun project and I enjoyed seeing how I could re-use old goodies!  Hope you all have a GREAT weekend!

Linking up to Celebrate Your Creative Spirit Party

Until next time...
Linda
 
 

46 comments:

  1. Lovely! I especially like the way you used glass, and I love the gentleness of this collage... The girl is beautiful...

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  2. That is beautiful! Such a pretty collage--love the glass!
    Gina

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  3. Hi Linda, Thanks for your concern for my Miley. That is sweet of you.
    Also, I was at the thrift today and saw frames for collages. I don't do them but I wondered about them. Yours are beautiful and a great inspiration.

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  4. Exquisitely beautiful. I love that it's encased by it's glass dome -preserved forever.

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  5. I agree, the glass dome really enhances this piece! Lovely! I've been wondering, do you always use the original piece of music, or do you scan it and print out a copy to use so you will always have it?

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  6. Thanks for the nice comments! Becca,
    Sometimes, I use all original ephemera, other times a combination with scans. On this collage, I used the vintage sheet music- it was in very bad condition- but I scanned it to my computer, so I could keep the design. The old lotto card is original- I specialize in game pieces for sale so I have a lot of those. The butterfly was off a page I scanned from a dictionary. I print in color on cotton resume paper and it gives a good result. The French piece was from a download from shabby chic papirskatter- she is on my blogroll and really has some pretty downloads- I've found some great French ephemera there. The girl is a scan from an old French postcard- my daughter is a collector and there is NO way she will let me use one of her originals. It is actually printed on photo paper, so it still looks like an old French postcard. I've seen many bloggers online who offer free downloads of French postcards, too. I only decoupage over thin paper pieces- not thick cards, folders or photos- and I use matte finish. The accent pieces- flowers, lace, ribbon, hardware and the glass on this one are vintage, but I'm sure there are good new choices, too! It is a lot of fun to make these! In the future, I think instead of stretched canvas, I'm going to use canvasboard- it would be much easier to frame.

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  7. Hi Linda-

    that certainly is darling. I like the clock face too adds such interest to the whole piece.

    I'm wondering how do you attach all these things together and make them stay? are they in a shadow box? or an open (no glass) frame? or just canvas?
    I find this art form so interesting.

    thanks for visiting my blog- and I can't remember if I welcomed you as a follower of mine...but thanks! and welcome! ;)

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  8. I use Aleene's Instant Decoupage Water-Based Glue, Sealer and Finish in Matte, for attaching paper to my canvas. I also coat the top of the thin papers. I smooth the wrinkles as much as possible, but the paper really tightens up nice when dry. Aleene's dries pretty quickly. I use a hot glue gun for attaching the heavier or more 3-D pieces- it certainly helps if they have a flat section for attaching. With a stretched canvas, you could probably even wire a piece on! I just use an open frame, or even just hang the canvas, but I'm sure these could be placed in shadow boxes with glass for protection. Thanks again! Linda

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  9. Oh how lovely! Well done! I always think about making things like this but cannot get it all together!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  10. Such a beautiful creation! ~ Angela

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  11. Love your collage. So sweet. I collect tole trays too. Back in the old days they were cheap and plentiful. If you ever want to get rid of any let me know. I especially love the black ones. That rectangular one is unique. Love it! Mimi

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  12. Oh, I really like the glass over the collage-what a great and interesting piece to put in!!
    Lynn

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  13. Dear Linda, it is masterly beautifull, I so love the glass dome, and the whole collage is full of beauty, and wonderfull eye-candy.
    Hugs Dorthe

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  14. I LOVE this! That domed glass gives it such an old- time, nostalgic quality. You are so creative and talented!
    Brenda

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  15. Thanks so much to you all for your nice compliments!

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  16. I have a sheet titled "My Little Girl" that I am saving for a special collage too. Its great when you come across such a perfect title!

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  17. The glass dome alarm clock truly sets this off. Beautiful details...I wouldn't think to use all those things together.

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  18. Linda,

    This collage is really lovely. That piece of glass is incredible...what a touch! Thank you so much for stopping by our new blog. I am so thrilled that Lynn put us on her blog...what a terrific woman!
    And now I am going to settle in and read your blog. I love reading blogs. I hope I don't forget how to read books!

    Hugs,
    Kat and Suz

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  19. That is really beautiful. I was going to ask you for the details on how you get it to stay together, but I see you have already answered my question in comments. You're a step ahead of me :).

    I really love the way you layer these items together. I would think that restraint would be necessary. My problem with the last collage which I tried was that I kept adding and adding "stuff". It was nothing at all like yours.

    I'm really impressed!

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  20. This is going straight into my inspiration file. I love it!

    Have a wonderful week!
    Anne

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  21. Linda,
    This piece is just beautiful. I love all of the elements you used to create this. I agree with the others that the crowning piece was the clock dome....a perfect touch!!
    Jane

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  22. Linda,
    How creative and beautiful. Thanks for the kind words about my cold. It is foggy and drizzly here in Illinois, so a good day to stay in.

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  23. Thanks for telling us about your scanning vs original decisions. I am going back and forth on this as well. I find the originals to be so much more satisfying in their look. I think I need to get my techniques down better to make the reproductions look better.
    Nothing like a top notch scanner!
    I agree with the others, the glass dome really tops it off.

    Kim

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  24. Linda, it truly is beautiful!!!

    Happy Monday ~

    :) T

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  25. Linda you did a fantastic job!~ Really pretty, I love vintage!~

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  26. Wow, so pretty! I am looking forward to reading more of your blog! I love your creativity.

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  27. Linda,
    Congrats on being featured as the JMS newsletter member spotlight! Way to go girl...your collages are just beautiful.
    ~judi ;)

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  28. Linda this turned out soooooooooo pretty. I can never find the old clocks to take apart. I guess that's a hot item in this neck of the woods. Have a wonderful weekend. Charlene

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  29. Linda, lucky you and the strawberries. Meant to pass along that my cousin has a Sears hardward store in Rosemount. Small world. :)

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  30. Hi Linda,
    This is gorgeous! I would never have thought to use the dome from an old clock :) The graphics and embellishments you chose are beautiful!

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  31. Hi Linda,
    This is such a beautiful collage. You are very talented. I snooped around and saw a few of your pieces and just love every single one of them. They are great inspiration pieces.

    I'm visiting from Cindy's Whimsical Musings.

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  32. Hi Linda,
    Oh my gosh--this is gorgeous!!! I love the image of the woman and the glass--it is spectacular!!!! Wow!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up--it is truly amazing!
    Hugs,
    Cindy
    xoxo

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  33. This is just sooooooooooooo perfect.
    What a creative spirit you are.
    I have really enjoyed looking at your work on your lovely blog.
    Hugs
    June xx

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  34. this is wonderful! i specially love the glass dome!

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  35. That is just beautiful and shares with us the beauty of the vintage items. Thanks for sharing.
    Please drop by my blog sometime.
    I am participating in the creative spirit.
    Kim :)
    http://agypsyangel.blogspot.com

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  36. this really is one super masterpiece of creativity,which really is a treat for the eyes,wonderful work,bles you for taking the time to come to my blog,love hugs cheryl xxx

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  37. I love the way everything works together here, Linda! The image of that young lady fits in so well with the image I get in my mind from the sheet music. Going to visit your Etsy while I'm here, too!

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  38. This is just too awesome! I love this gorgeous piece! So much fun to visit and check out your creative spirit!

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  39. Wow, I enjoy what you could do with vintage goodies! Stunning!

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  40. Oh, I love it!
    It really came out nice!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Leticia
    www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

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  41. Such a great looking piece and I love how you used the glass clock crystal a great focal point.
    Debbie

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  42. An absolute beautiful piece, love the way you used the glass in your work.

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  43. I'm late to the party - but had to stop in and let you know that I love this piece! The glass done and the wonderful old piece of hardware add just the elements to make it perfect!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

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  44. I genuinely like your collages - bits and bobs of things which make a warm scene. So many collages others make are unhappy subject matter or just scrawl of lines with scramble of junk on it. Rather harsh, when what I wanted to say is I really like your "cleaner" collages.

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