Category Archives: Collages

Tea Bags?

Tea Bag Collage
Tea Bag Collage

Yes.  On Quilting Arts, Judy Coats Perez showed how to use tea bags in art quilts!  After they have been used, dried, opened and pressed, they can be drawn on or colored.  They are a very filmy sort of paper/fabric, and can be affixed to fabric with a matte medium and a foam brush.  The same artist even figured out how to run them through a printer (attached firmly to paper) and print on them!

So when my wonderful friend Sherry was here recently, we got out tea bags, paper, muslin, water soluble crayons, markers, and an old ironing board cover printed with flowers.  I added some free motion stitching, and a few dots of gold foil, and – Voila!

The water soluble crayons are another thing I learned about on Quilting Arts, and I like them very much.  You can shade with them, color over color, and then with a paint brush just dipped in water, blend the colors together.  Lots of fun.

Another Collage Shirt

This is a collage shirt I made for my wonderful friend, Joseph.  It features a fabric with ladies in long gowns and huge flowers for hats.  Joseph does like ladies!

He was out in his shirt one day, when he was approached by an older lady, who admired it. She said she knew how to sew but hadn’t done any in a while.  Now, inspired by the Shirt of Many Colors, she wanted to get back to sewing!  Yea!

Hmmmmm…..what could I collage today?

Collage shirt
Collage shirt

A Collage Life Style

In thinking about how much I love to make collages, I realize that I like to live a Collage Life Style!  This means I love a mixed-media approach, different colors and textures, putting together new combinations, having LOTS of choices!  My closet is filled with clothes in all the colors I love so I can open it and just say, “What would I love to wear today?”

My refrigerator is filled with lots of colorful fun foods, so I can open the door and ask myself “What would I love to eat next?”

I have many wonderful friends, and it is fun to think about who I’d really love to see soon.

So, since I am a seamstress, it was a natural choice to extend my collage abilities to making clothing.  The collage blouse was born!

I have two blouse patterns that work well for me, one sleeveless, so it is simply a matter of choosing fabrics for the individual pieces – one for the front, another for the back, a third for the sleeves.  There is usually a color theme of some sort.  Each of these patterns has a yoke which gives me another fabric choice, and the place where the yoke meets the front of the blouse also provides an opportunity to put an extra stripe of something.

As I have grown older, the blouses have shrunk somewhat (!), so I have added a “racing stripe” from armhole to hem.  This piece can be any width, depending upon how much

All Rayons
All Rayons

extra room I need in the blouse, but it becomes a design element, looking intentional instead of desperate!  One blouse is made of all brilliant rayon fabrics from clothing I got at resale shops.

Here is one example, made for my aunt, Ann Ring, in Tucson.

 

Front of collage blouse
Front of collage blouse
Back of collage blouse
Back of collage blouse

 

Soul Collages

Recently, I took a second workshop in SoulCollage, with my friend Shari, who has become a facilitator.  I HIGHLY recommend this process.  Of course, I love collage to start with, but even people who aren’t familiar with it come away enriched.

In the workshop, you make collages from magazine photos already provided, and work with 5×8″ cards as the backgrounds.

Universal Beauty
Universal Beauty

It is just amazing how the images you choose say something about where you are in your life.  The idea is to end up, eventually, with many cards, to be used almost like a Tarot deck, although they pertain specifically to you, the person who made them.

This time, many of my cards had to do with aging, a subject that is on my mind these days.  Some were poignant and some amusing, but all of them speak to me on a deep level.

If you are interested in participating, you can contact Shari at Collagemagic@gmail.com.  You can also find SoulCollage online, to look for other workshops or facilitators.

soulcollage.com