Collage Art Journal: Pages 15-17

Today’s collage journal share includes my most favorited collage on my Instagram account thus far.

Bad Hair Day collage journal page

Bad Hair Day collage journal page

I guess people really like the bright colors of this collage and the funkiness of it.  It started out with the image of the woman in a bright yellow coat with red chili peppers in her hair.  She was so wild looking, I knew I had to use her in a collage.  I just so happened to have a two-page ad spread in my image stash that had similar bright colors and knew it was perfect to use as my background.  I was a little off in my gluing, as you can see here, where her back overlaps a tiny bit onto the field of flowers:

Imperfect glue job

Imperfect glue job

There was some text in the ad, in the field of flowers at the bottom, so I cut out some of the flowers from the second page of the ad and used them to cover up the text.

Camouflaged patch job to hide text

Camouflaged patch job to hide text

There was additional text at the woman’s elbow that was only partially covered up it.  Since we had a chili pepper theme going, I decided to cover up the text with another image of a pepper.

Pepper curled around elbow

Pepper curled around elbow

As it turns out, while I covered up most of the text, there was still a tiny bit that I missed.  You can see the tiny bit of text peeking out from underneath the edge of the pepper, near the corner of the collage.

Pepper hiding text

Pepper hiding text – well, most of it

 

Drama Queen collage journal page

Drama Queen collage journal page

For this collage, I had a black and white image of Angelina Jolie in an ad in which she was slightly leaning back against a windowsill with two curtains.  Given my penchant for curtains and the dramatic effect they lend to an image, I decided to cut out the image of the actress along with one of the curtains and the floor.  My intention was to change out the background to that of an outdoor scene so that it would look like she was standing in front of a huge window with a spectacular view.

The image I chose of cherry blossom trees came from a calendar that was printed in a landscape format. Given that the foreground image was in portrait format, I had to patch up the gaps created where the cherry blossom image ended.  I trimmed away the excess from the trees that would not be shown in the final collage.  From that excess piece, I cut out two sections to use for patching up the gaps.  If you look closely, you can see where I patched things up.

Imperfect patch job 1

Imperfect patch job 2

Clear line of demarcation could have been camouflaged better if I had not cut out the bottom piece in a straight line.

Since the curtain was black, I decided to add a pop of color to it by adding some gold Dresden trim to serve as a curtain pull.

Dresden trim as curtain pull

Dresden trim as curtain pull

Eh, I think the finished collage looks a bit off because now Angelina Jolie looks kind of like she is leaning back against nothing, and the floor looks like it’s just floating there.

Floor with no connecting wall

Floor with no connecting wall

On the other hand, when I look at it from a different angle, Angelina’s pose could be interpreted as a dramatic pose, hence the title, Drama Queen.  Maybe I just overthink things, do ya think? 😛

Cottage Life collage journal page

Cottage Life collage journal page

Remember how I had mentioned in a previous post that I had used a lot of images from this one Vogue magazine photo shoot with Kirsten Dunst to promote the movie, Marie Antoinette?  Well, here’s another image I used from that shoot.  In the original photo, Kirsten was leaning against the concrete balustrade with a huge lake in the background.  I decided to cut her out along with the balustrade and place it against a less majestic backdrop and chose the image of the English cottages.  I love the juxtaposition between the grandeur of the balustrade against the quaint cottage scene.  The two images fit together almost seamlessly.

The original collage as I had it was a tad too long for the page in my notebook, so I had to trim off the excess and decided to do so from the top.  That’s the one mistake I feel I made.  I should have trimmed off the excess from the bottom instead of from the top.  As it stands now, the tops of the cottages are running a little too close to the edge of the page for my liking.

So another three pages down.  Which one did you like best in this week’s batch?  I think my favorite is Cottage Life.  What about you?

 

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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