Monday, August 1, 2011

DIY: Artsy Collage

Recently I've decided to try my luck at getting craft-y (with a little push from my [former] MSU co-workers at a get-together). Since my project was not only fun but green, I thought it'd be cool to share it with you.

If you know me at all, you know that I love magazines — especially fashion ones — and, as a result, I subscribe to a lot of them. The artwork in publications like NYLON, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, etc., is simply stunning. When I say "artwork," I don't just mean the photography spreads and layout design but also the advertisements. Anyway, my love for magazines results in an extremely large pile of recycling each month. Realizing this, I've begun sifting through each issue a second time and tearing out my favorite ads or photographs. (I've since accumulated quite the collection.) So, the project:

1 blank canvas
1 container Mod Podge (whichever type you prefer)
1 sponge or brush
10-15 magazine cut-outs (or more depending on canvas size)

Arrange magazine cut-outs on canvas in whatever way tickles your fancy. Once you've come up with the proper order, apply Mod Podge to the back of all images, starting with the most buried cut-out. As a final precaution, apply Mod Podge over the top of all images. If you want to get really fun/crazy, splatter paint over the finished collage for even more color.

Final Product
VoilĂ , now you have a fun, unique piece of art (and a conversation piece) for your bedroom or living room. Plus, it's green! For an example, check out the one I've done below.

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