Everyone has a favorite quote or two that they like to keep tucked away and pull out when they need some inspiration. You may even have a mantra that you refer to on a daily basis. Maybe its a Bible verse, a song lyric, or just something funny you heard once, but these phrases that we make our own often provide comfort. The one I turn to the most is "everything happens for a reason" because even when things turn sour, I know that I am either meant to learn a lesson, or this event is setting me up for something better at a later time.
I wanted to turn my favorite words of wisdom into art so that I could surround myself with them at home and at work. So, as so many people are doing these days, I have started collaging, and it is so much fun!
|Whatever you are, be a good one. - Abraham Lincoln|
Collaged onto a metal tray from the dollar store.
The key to a successful collage is texture, texture, texture. Here is an example of how I squeeze as much texture as possible into a small space! I just keep stacking ribbons, paper, and glitter until I run out of pieces that I want to add... It is a great place to use those end remnants of ribbon that are too small to bow!
I also consider mixing and matching lettering as adding different textures. In this tray, for example, I use three different lettering formats: stickers, a label maker, and my own handwriting in pen.
|You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant? - Dr. Seuss|
Collaged onto an oval artist's canvas.
|Do not disturb - Ok, not a quote, but a fun collage to hang on my bedroom door!|
Collaged onto a chipboard shape.
Therapeutic to create, therapeutic to enjoy as decor. And bonus - it allows you to use up those scraps of paper and ribbon that you love too much to trash! Here's to hoping I will get to finish a few more this weekend...