Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Scraps

Scrappin Outside the Album

Want a great way to use some scraps and make a fun work of art? Give mixed-media collage a try. This really fun Father's Day collage was made with pieces of random scrapbooking paper, handmade mulberry paper, tags, buttons, feathers, and a cute little Father's Day poem I found here.

Start with a stretched canvas in any size. Choose your scraps and elements and rip, cut and rough them up. Lay them out on your canvas and get an idea of where you want everything to lay. Starting with the bottom layers apply glue to the back of the paper and adhere to the canvas. Build up with your papers, tucking some under corners, ripping edges, and even curling edges. Add to curled edges to give them a little more stability. Modge Podge works great for adhering and sealing the papers, but you might want to use hot glue, or a tacky glue for the heavier items like buttons or memorabilia. To make your canvas even more personalized try adding in photos of the family, or old photos from your child hood.

More tips:

  • To make papers look aged wad up the paper and then smooth open. Use sandpaper to rough up the edges and the creases.
  • Use a beige/light brown/rust colored paint and a stiff bristled brush to scrape paint across areas to make it look grungy.
  • After the glue has dried use sandpaper around the edges to make it look vintage.
  • If the vintage look is what you're after, try printing your photos in sepia or stain your papers with coffee.

There are no set rules, except use whatever makes you smile and don't be afraid to get sticky!

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