Creating Make-Ahead Mini Collages to Use Later

Use up all those little scraps of paper, add some ephemera, and save the mini collages for later!

This is how I spent the better part of my day – I have so many little scraps laying around that I just can’t bring myself to pitch. So, ‘use them up’ as my mom would have said! Nothing goes to waste here.

I work in art journals, altered books, and make mixed media pieces on art boards and canvases. It’s sometimes hard to get started (you know the feeling!) So, I made some little tickler collages that I can keep in my box of elements and just pick out to add to a project or even to get one started.

I’ve incorporated some of my digital collage pack elements (Envelopes & Tags, French Receipts, and Steampunk) and some Tim Holtz ephemera, as well as book pages, newspapers, playing cards, and whatever I pulled out of my “tiny scraps” bin. It is overflowing – that bin – so it’s good to use some of it up.

A bonus was that I discovered if I have fluid matte medium in my brush, then tap it onto my Distress Oxide ink pad, I can instantly age these papers! I am sure I am ruining the ink pad, but hey — it’s way faster than tea dyeing them and does a better job than rubbing the ink pad over the papers. So I’m down with it! I will keep a separate ink pad just for this use.

Here’s the process video with the info for the drawing.

I ended up with four collages on playing cards, three on kraft cardstock, and three envelopes with matching tags. I am giving away one from each group to a subscriber of my YouTube channel. So why not come on over and get yourself into the drawing? Or, watch the viodeo here for all the details, then jump on over to my channel and enter yourself!

All the supplies are listed in the decription of the video at YouTube.

Thanks for visiting today – in the meantime, Go Make Some Art! Bye . . .

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