Yesterday I posted photos of collages I’d created in response to the first four Be Creative Prompts for February 2015, posted by Myfanwy Hart, on the Creating Something Every Day Website. Today I was determined to cover prompts 5 and 6.
Be Creative February Prompt 5:
Yesterday I read prompts 5 and 6. I knew that my first job this morning was to copy and print the collages I created yesterday. To cut a long story short I spent an hour dealing with printer failure and computer meltdown. I had a meltdown too and managed to win the battle. All I managed this morning was to print two copies of each collage and the woven papers.
This afternoon I returned to the prints. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them. Though the original collages were OK, I didn’t think they were stunning. I wasn’t sure how any new collages made from the older ones would be any different. Despite my reservations I was going to have a go.
One of the major issues I’ve faced in the past is that I tend to overthink things. Quite often before starting a project I will plan and spend ages thinking about decisions. It turns into a nightmare. I make a decision, worry about it, change my mind, waste time, get nowhere, do nothing. Though I knew I wanted to make collages today I’d not really thought about what I was going to do or how. Today I managed to ‘go with the flow’. When an idea came into my head I went along with it without questioning what the outcome would be. This is what happened:
For the first collage I cut two of the original collages into strips, mixed them up, staggered them, and produced this collage:
My reaction to this was a little odd. I felt stunned by a few things. Firstly, I really did like this much more than the original collages. Secondly, I couldn’t figure out why. Was it the colours? Nothing outstanding. Was it the pattern? No repeat pattern I could understand. Was it the complexity? Maybe. Was it the overall balance? Maybe. Finally, could I allow myself to just ‘go with the flow’ more often? I’m certainly hoping so. It’s much more satisfying than trying to plan to perfection and then being disappointed with the results.
OK, so now I felt I was ‘on a roll’. I’d already beaten the computer and improved on what I started with, even if I didnt know how. I suddenly remembered I’d bought a few circle cutters, so I searched them out and cut circles from one copy of the woven papers and pasted them onto another:
Though I didn’t like this as much as the first one I did feel that it was an improvement on the originals. Maybe its the increased complexity?
Finally, for the third collage I took 3 originals of the same size, placed them on top of each other, cut each into 8 rectangles, then quickly reassembled them (some rectangles side by side, some on top of each other) into four small collages:
Again I felt pleased with the results. They reminded me of the subtle coloured photo frames, where you can’t make out any objects, just shapes, lines etc.
So, at the end of this prompt I’m left feeling a little stunned and very happy. I never thought that cutting up the original collages would produce such pleasing effects. My tiny brain is still working overtime on this, it’s very exciting.
Be Creative February Prompt 6
The above work takes me nicely into prompt 6. Something unexpected happened. I’m wondering why. Prompt 6 involves brainstorming ways in which I could use them in my chosen discipline (which in my case changes as often as the wind). Here’s my list:
- The process of selecting colours from a photograph, painting papers, adding marks, cutting and rearranging into collages seems to be an excellent way of learning about which colour combinations work well together, and how changes in the proportions of each colour affect the outcome.
- The same process can be used to take original papers, fabrics etc from being a little boring to being something much more exciting and pleasing to the eye.
- It’s a good way to produce a series of similar but different pieces of artwork.
- It’s possible to produce a series moving from simple to increasingly comples.
- The collages, or prints of collages, can be used as a background for further work e.g. addition of ink lines, patterns, stitching etc.
- The collages can be altered using photoshop to create further artwork, backgrounds etc.
Being honest, I’m still thinking about the potential. If you would like to add to my list by commenting I would be very grateful.