Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Using Book Pages for Collage

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While on vacation, and having a few hours to myself one day, I googled thrift stores in the area, and found a local Salvation Army. After [only] three u-turns, I finally found it.  It was a bit disappointing.  However, I did pick up this wooden caddy for 99 cents. 
When I got it home, I realized it came with its very own dead moth.  Ewww!  I don't want to know how long it's been hiding in there. 
After a thorough cleaning, I painted it in my current go-to color, Behr's Clear Pond, which I had
on hand.
Ahh, it looks better already!

For creative inspiration, I turned to a vintage children's book called "The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island."   I fondly remember reading many books in the Bobbsey Twins series in my early reading days. 

Using book pages and my stash of paint chips, I began altering the wooden box into a handy desk caddy.
collage with book pages
For those of you familiar with my altered art, you know I prefer clean lines.  For this project, I'm going to go c-r-a-z-y and try my hand at collage!  [My friend, S, will be glad to know I'm using her favorite art technique.]
Paint chips.

Torn pages [eek--don't tell the librarian!].

A collaged clothespin on each side--to hold notes.
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A vintage measuring tape cut around the 56" mark -- happens to be the year I was born [and, uhh, also my current age, at least for one more week], a stamped image and a rustic metal tag.
 A roll of the dice shows another five-six.  Cosmic.
 collage book pages
Added these metal "legs" to give the caddy some stature. 
(Plus, I've had them forever.)
Here are photos of the finished caddy.  For now, it will hold markers.



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What do you think of my new desk caddy?  What would you use it for?

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