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A Things That Shine Collage

Hi all!

The day is finally here.  The unveiling of my mystery project. 😉  Something has been creatively brewing for awhile and one of the main catalysis to finally make me “go for it” was when I received the new Things That Shine Fall Kits from Ashley.  These kits are so perfect for scrapbooking, card making, and other crafty pursuits, but the eclectic mix of awesome supplies where telling me to make a mixed media collage.  And so I did!


I started on a gessoed 9×12 sheet of watercolor paper.  Layered on paint and collaged on this book page from the Back to School kit.


I attached this charming little paper airplane charm from the Back to School kit with white embroidery floss from the Celebrate Summer kit.


I penciled out the “A” stencil and painted around it with raw umber acrylic paint.  I created the frame with strips I cut from a fabric tape that came from the Little Boy Fox kit.


And here is a closer look.  The fabric was originally a cream color with brown flowers.  I first painted on classic teal then cream paint.  Then I heighted the color with a teal Caran d’Arche Neocolor.  I used the same Neocolor crayon to write the word “lesson”. [and here I’ll say that the in reality the teals in this piece are a little more toward the greenish side]

DSCN4112After I stenciled the “2”, I in-lined it with various colored pencils so it would be more defined.


I used this altered label holder to contain the label maker “learned”.  The label holder was a shiney black plastic that I first painted with raw umber paint and then dry brushed on some gold.  Here you can see a bit of the teal seam binding I used on the bottom and left side of the collage.  This seam binding along with a variety of other bluey tealy colors come  from the Falling Leaves kit.

So there you have it.  A Lesson to Be Learned; the first collage I’ve done without family photos in years.  I am so inspired to make more collages along side my scrapbook layouts.  Check out Ashley’s Things That Shine Etsy shop and see where inspiration and your own creativity takes you!  Also, don’t miss Ashley’s new offer of free shipping with the purchase of three fall kits!!

For more information and how to’s in creating collages and mixed media scrapbook pages I would like to recommend these books that have really helped me to take off on this new creative journey.

Have a super fun artsy day and (if all goes as planned) meet me here at the end of this week for a new “In the Studio” post!  🙂

**Linked up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Challenge: Falling in love with…(fall colors and fall kits) and Paper Issues New Issue: You’re sew cute, you keep me in stitches.


About artfulscrapbooking

I love scrapbooking, working in collage, card making, etc.

12 responses »

  1. Love all the elements that you created here. The label, the 2, the “A” box ~ so you!! You have a style:):)

  2. Fabulous collages evie!!!!

  3. ashleycalderandthethingsthatshine

    WOW, this is so very cool!!! Love it!

  4. Very artsy ! Pretty cool collage !

  5. Loving how you did the title work on this, Evie! Beautiful collage!

  6. Beautiful! Love mixed media. 🙂

  7. so very beautiful, you are amazing.

  8. Very creative 🙂
    Such a lovely mixed media piece.

  9. This looks like a fun project! 🙂 My control-freak personality still won’t let me try mixed media; you’re so brave! My favorite part was the airplane charm!

  10. Such a beautiful project!

  11. This is so clever on so many levels! I adore all of the details you included that support the academic vibe. Forgive the cliche, but you’ve made school cool with this one! I especially liked how you included so many different fonts and texts. I also think the way you used the paper airplane was brilliant! I taught school for a few years and this piece really did bring back all of those memories, so thank you for the inspiration and for the fond feelings your piece evoked. You have a great eye for composition and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this and reading about your process. Thank you so much for sharing this with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  12. Hi thanks for visiting my blog and deciding to follow it. I like your collage work.


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