Collage Art Journal: Village-Themed Pages

As you can see in the title for this post, I’ve decided to come up with something more creative than “Pages such-and-such numbers” to describe my collage journal pages.  Maybe it helps that for this post, I have two collages with a similar theme, so we’ll see how far I get with this :~)

Misfits collage journal page

Misfits collage journal page

The inspiration for this collage came from the image of the village-type setting that I got from a travel article in a magazine.  For the foreground I resorted to my old method of taking disparate images of people and putting them together.  For this collage I decided to use a photo from a fashion shoot and photos of a sleeping man and an accordion player.  Now that is a hodgepodge of individuals!

3 misfits

3 misfits

Because the colors were all kind of grayish neutral, and the sky was an overcast white, I decided to add a pop of color in the form of a hot air balloon.  The only balloon I had in my stash was very bright in color, so I toned down the colors with a bit of white paint that I applied with my finger.

Colors of hot air balloon muted with white paint

Colors of hot air balloon muted with white paint

Meh, didn’t do such a good job with the paint.  Subtlety is not my forte when it comes to painting!

Town Accordionist collage journal page 1

Town Accordionist collage journal page

The village image in this collage came from the same article that the earlier village picture came from.  As in the previous image, this one had an overcast white sky.  This time I really wanted to do something different for the sky.  I had a small image of a mountain setting and decided to use it for the skyline.

Mountain sky

Mountain sky

Now the town looks like it’s situated at the base of a mountain.  Instant improvement to the skyline, eh?

I guess the change to the skyline would have been enough, but I like to add people to my collages, as you may have noticed.  I wanted to make the mountain backdrop the major focus, however, so I made sure to add something that was not too distracting.  I picked another lively accordion player, a street performer of sorts, to serenade the strolling people.  And for a pop of color, I decided to add the dog in the pink shirt.

The accordionist and the dog

The accordionist and the dog

Even though the lady’s skirt was colorful, I still felt she kind of got lost against the background, so I decided to pump up the red in her shoes by going over them with a red marker.

Hand tinted red shoes

Hand tinted red shoes

Of these two collages, I much prefer the latter one.  What about you?  Which one do you prefer?

 

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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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