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Creating a Collage of Memories After a season full of events and activities you are sure to have plenty of photos and souvenirs of fun times with family and friends. Why not consider transforming those keepsakes into an art collage? The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge got together
great Ideas of Collages to Create
to create a DIY project just for our readers, so get ready to design your own work of art. • For a 50th anniversary, collect STEP 1 - Select a theme or activity,
the paper. Wet the areas that seem
photos and mementos from their
and make copies of the items you
to have dried again, and repeat the
wedding to display in a collage.
wish to use. Laser copies work best
process. Let the transfer dry. Never
as the toner is not water-soluble, and
pour the paper-soaked water or
always be sure to do a test copy.
rubbings down the drain. Work on
• Beach memories can linger
newspaper, and dispose the refuse STEP 2 -Create the transfer by paper, and be sure to place the printed side of the paper copy to the sticky side of the contact paper. Press very hard using an “edge” of a plastic card to burnish.
and photos of your family at the seashore.
into the trash.
covering the copy with clear contact
year round with sand, shells
STEP 4 -Lay out the colorful
• Love pansies? Collect images of
patterned transfer onto a painted
pansies along with actual flowers
canvas board. Craft paints, stamps,
to preserve in your art collage.
stencils, and colorful papers are
Almost any interest can be turned
just a few of the embellishments
into a piece of art with this
possible. Glue the transfers and other
embellishments using acrylic gel (be
• A 1st birthday can be
sure to look for acrylic gel in a jar, not
commemorated with a napkin
a squeeze bottle). The product should
from the party, a cute cupcake
not be a stiff paste or a watery liquid
topper and images from the party
but somewhere in between. Don’t
hesitate to add items like shells,
buttons or other treasures. The gel
• Take a nature walk scavenger
dries clear and can be also used as a
hunt and collect leaves, small
pebbles and flowers, and also include a photo of the person on
STEP 3 -To remove the paper backing
the walk in the collage.
(from the paper copy) rub it with sandpaper, and then soak it in water. It is easy to rub off the image, so be slow and cautious using your
upcoming local art shows to check out
fingertips. Some parts of the photo will become almost clear while others will retain some “fuzz” from
Photos provided by Double Line Painters The Double Line Painters consist of Sue Furrow, Judy Lochbrunner, Linda Schaar, Bonnie Mason, Mary Anne Meador and Midge Ovenshire.
October 2 “Preserving Precious Memories”, 2nd Helpings Gallery, Roanoke, 2ndhelpings.org October 4-20 “Town and Country” art show, Lynchburg Art Club, Lynchburg, lynchburgartclub.org October 7-31 “Double or Nothing” art show, Goose Creek Studio, Bedford, goosecreekstudio.com
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