Abracadabra Collage Technique

Daily_Dialogue Feeling energized and ready to design! After yesterday’s creative session, and the excitement that my studio remodel is finally in the “final decorating stages” – I don’t ever want to leave! My new ‘interesting aqua‘ walls needed some Vintaj inspired art… I came across a great tip in the charming book, Pretty Little Things: Collage Jewelry, Trinkets, and Keepsakes by Sally Jean Alexander (her website is awesome –  be sure to check it out! I could definitely see her designing with Vintaj, I’m sure she would like a sample of brass goodies!) On pages 14 – 19 (after a really great intro) is the project Abracadabra Collage Technique. Sally has shared a collage that was orchestrated by pulling many basic techniques from a bowl and just going for it – brilliant idea!  Today, I am going to add all the supplies and techniques that she mentioned and add a few of my own. You should try it for yourself, sounds like fun don’t you think? TIP by SALLY: When you are stumped on a project, write the following list of tasks three times on paper and tear the paper into separate  pieces: PAINT, MAGAZINE, TEXT, PAPER, CHALK, PASTELS, CHARCOAL, PENCIL, STAMP, SCRATCH, WIPE, INK, PATTERN, 3-D, WRITE, PHOTOGRAPH, SMUDGE, DRAW, SAND, SURPRISE, and anything else you can think of! (I’m adding the following to my list: embossing powders, stickles, markers, rub-ons, fibers, and beads). Place the torn papers into your chosen vessel and mix them up. Lay out a piece of card-stock, watercolor paper, canvas, or metal that is the size of collage you wish to create. Draw a slip of paper out of the bowl (no peeking!) and do what it says. Don’t forget to add your favorite Vintaj Findings & Embellishments, that’s the best part! *Project photos from this technique used in Vintaj Creative Session 4 will be posted with our new product introduction, stay tuned!
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4 Responses to Abracadabra Collage Technique

  1. Cathie says:

    I love this idea Jess :) Can’t wait to see your new room.

  2. Beads Online says:

    Thanks Jess. I just bought went to Amazon and purchased her book. Thank you for bringing to my attention this wonderful artist. You lucky ducky I am sure your studio will be amazing.

  3. You’re welcome! This technique is a lot of fun, enjoy the book and create something wonderful! Oh and my studio is coming along… a few more projects to fill the walls and I’m there. Cathie I will let you know when it’s done.

  4. I love the “stumped” fix! I’m going to try it. I’d like to add another word… “overwhelmed”. So many techniques… so little time? This is a great tip by Sally.

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