Tuesday, 9 December 2014

WHAT IS A COLLAGE?

This is not a fabric collage




because it is pieced i.e. sewn together with seams,

but this, which was made as a quick trial for an Textile Art piece, is a collage




because it fits this definition of collage:

"Collage is a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric on to a backing".

Your definition of a collage may be different but I am going with this one for now.

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Of course then I had to have some fun with photo-editing





and









What do I do with these photo-edited images which do not yet exist in Real-Life?  

This time I made them into covers for little note-books.












The spines are stitched with embroidery thread.


Hand-made note-books make fabulous little presents, especially at this time of the year.

Who doesn't love a little notebook?


I'm linking to
"Art Journal Journey", theme "Collage",
"The Mirror Crack'd", theme "Recycle/Upcycle or a Christmas Gift",
"Mandarin Orange Monday", theme "Orange" 
and to
"Paint Party Friday".

52 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely collage with pretty material. I like the 'real' one best, but the little note books are gorgeous, too, and as you say, will make good presents.
Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey!
Goodnight!

Valerie

limmelon said...

I love the overlapping effect with your material collage. The material colour blend is terrific. The resultant wee book is superb. Love it, Awesome !!

Beo said...

First: Your non-collage is wonderful! Looking at that I ask myself how on earth anybody can do something like this.. you can.

The real collage is very artful as well. You did this with fabric but it looks as if you have painted it because it looks so Sheila-like (??)
I love how you put the fabrics together, and the colors and the little black beeing right to the flower. A fox??

And when I saw your digital playings I thought: Interesting but not as good as the original. But seeing this as covers for you little books i was surprised how wonderful they look there....
what a great idea to make this notebooks using your not-yet-existing-picutures!

Beate

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

You have so many talents, Sheila! These are all so pretty, and I love the little notebooks.

Annie said...

Look out Sheila, it's me again. I'm still working on the puzzle of the notebooks. If the art doesn't yet exist, how did they become notebooks? I don't know yet, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying looking at their beauty. I love the vibrant bright colors. I am in my usual amazement of your digital transformation of that great textile collage. And that non-collage, sewn together, is quite the beauty too. Such pretty fabrics.

Very interesting about the word verification. I will try first posting without it. If it doesn't work that way I'll be back to let you know.

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Wonderful wonderful collage, Sheila. And great use of them for making journals!!

johanna said...

this fabric Collage is terrific, i love it so!! and what a super idea with the covers of the Little journals! your art style is just perfect for this!!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Oh Sheila! This is absolutely gorgeous! Your creativity is wonderful and I want to thank you for sharing it with all of us! HUGS!!!

Margik said...

What fantastic collage and wonderful textile collage, it's really a piece of art. I also love both digital versions, I think that is a super idea to make those notebooks with the amazing covers.
Mar x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

The fabiric collage is so so beautiful! Yeah! I wished I would be more patient to create such fabric art too...
and the idea to make covers with the printed digi work is fab. It would be great to take pieces of such prints to create new collages ..and so on - and so on--and so on....

♥♥♥♥♥
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Specail beautiful pist Sheila!
Happy rest of the week - hope your Advent is going well and you do not have any stress !
I am well and unstressed and feel pretty good!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow lots of beautiful artwork. The original textile collage is gorgeous and the digitally altered versions as well. The covers you created with the digitals are beautiful! Cheers, Shirleyx

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Fab textile collage. I've been making some of my own, which I am about to photo to make into wonky curtain hanging stringies, kind of like a garland but vertical in bunches instead of curtains, well, you'll see. Love the pinks and all your iterations. xox

ULKAU said...

Your multicolored collage with the different materials looks really great and I fully agree your definition!

The pasted note book looks great, a super gift! I also make such calendars and the presented are always happy about these ones.
Best wishes - Ulrike

crafty creations said...

Stunning covers and wonderful gifts

LonettA said...

Absolutely gorgeous artwork! I totally agree with Beo! And I see a little fox, too! This is reason I love your art! Every time there are unexpected details!
Your notebooks are really lovely! Wonderful idea!

CS-CreativArt said...

Your textilcollage is so beautiful and how you bring it on paper with the photo-editing is a wonderful effect. The notebooks are marvelous!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Those little notebooks you make are definitely a good Christmas gift idea. I love how you played with the original on photoshop too. Blessings, my friend!

lee said...

great collage, great mini quilt
loving your art

kat said...

Sheila these are gorgeous! I especially love the colours of the first one, unedited, so rich and beautiful! The edited ones are great too though and those note books will make perfect gifts, very special!

sirkkis said...

Wonderful collage creations and the most beautiful note book, Sheila. You are such a master to play with colours and shapes.

Rein said...

THis is gorgeous, love it!

Christine said...

Pretty Notebooks! And thanks for the collage definition, I like collages.

Lynn Richards said...

Love all of it! Pretty cool to make notebook covers from the photographs!

Ruth L said...

Fabulous projects, happy PPF!

sharon said...

Love the collage and what you have done with it digitally! Great idea with the notebooks.

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Sheila I love your fabric collage and the way you have played with a photo of it, I also love your little notebooks, you are so creative.
Anni

My name is Erika. said...

Pretty colors in all your versions. It makes a great journal cover.

Faye said...

The real collage is simply gorgeous. I like the quilted piece too, but for some reason it is the collage that "grabs" me.

Artatag said...

Sheila, I so love your collages! The material you used is awesome! Where did you find it??? And I absolutely adore your playing around with your collage. Wonderful variations!!! Great idea using the prints for notebook covers, too!
Thanks for visiting me!
Hugs
Gabriele

~*~Patty S said...

Beautiful collages you've created and using your artful PS skills they get a new life.
Your notebooks are really special dear Sheila...
you've been busy!
oxo

Paper rainbow said...

Very pretty and must definitely a collage. Love those notebooks too

denthe said...

Love the rawness of that fabric collage, and those notebooks are so cute. Yes, I would surely love to receive a gift like that!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

the notebooks are simply amazing... beautiful textures and gorgeous colours...xx

Victoria said...

wow..how beautiful and magical..your creations are stunning and very special..full of enchanting energy and beauty!! Fabulous!
Victoria

Studio Kaufmann said...

Your collage is so cool. Vibrant and alive! Happy PPF

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful colors and design
so interesting how you make it
then you use it to cover a sweet book, love that.

Giggles said...

Sheila these are stunning!! I love all of them and the color changes are terrific!! Wow thanks for sharing!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!

Hugs Giggles

Jim Neil said...

What splendid covers these make! I'm unhealthily obsessed with notebooks and I have so many that I'll be hard-pressed to use all of them before I pop my clogs!

lorik said...

These images of your collage are all so beautiful... my favourites and the second and third. Love your sense of colour and pattern.

Deborah said...

Love, love, LOVE those notebook covers, Sheila!

janie said...

Hello Sheila the collages are fantastic and would make Great Wall art, but the little books are absolutely stunning, would sell like hot cakes. I love the colours, the design, everything, you are one very talented lady. X

Jo said...

I love your work. Both the sewn and glued. The covers for the books are awesome.

Taciana Simmons said...

Just found your blog while I was visiting Kirsten - cozy things- blog and I love your art. Very pretty and colorful. I will for sure come back to visit you. I'm now one of your newest followers.

Merethe Arstein said...

Thank you for participating in our challenge at The Mirror Crack'd.
Hope to see you back again next time.

Ma :)
The Mirror Crack'd DT

Irene Rafael said...

I did not realize that there was a difference in college definitions. Yours are vibrant and beautiful.

peggy gatto said...

Gorgeous art!!

Laura said...

These are exquisite in each variation, wow!

Pia Rom said...

Ohh so inspirational your work!! Your "real" collage is a yumm yumm for sure!! I so wish I had a sewing machine on hand...I would start immediatelly, hehe! And how you change it with photoshop another treasure for the eyes and on top of that you create gorgous lil gift out of this!!! OMG you rock the house Sheila :) ♥ Conny
Piaroms Art Journaling

Jackie said...

Wow, your fabric collage is fabulous and I love how you have transformed it into book covers. Jx

Lin said...

I'm another fan of the 'real one' the most, but it's fabulous how you have also created digitally and made it into little notebooks.


Thanks for sharing with us

Lin
The Mirror Crack'd

Suman Pandit said...

Sheila, I love the beautiful pieces of art you create both real and digital. Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my first canvas because that is how I discovered you :) Am following you now , hugs :)

TinaW said...

They do make fantastic covers for little notebooks. I bet your notebook recipients were thrilled. I really do enjoy going through your blog and seeing all the drawings and colors and whimsy - such fun!