Some friends and I recently completed a Bits & Pieces Collage Swap. There were 8 who participated, 4 pairs of partners. The challenge was to create an 8X8" art board or canvas collage for our partner incorporating their likes in terms of color and style. Everyone made wonderful works of art and if you follow the links at the bottom of this post, you can see them all.
My partner was my blogging friend, Mary of Thyme To Spare.We have done some one-on-one swaps before and Mary has sent me lovely gifts over the years. She is a wonderful paper crafter and a good friend.
This is the beautiful canvas she created for me...
Mary knows that I like soft colors and the base of the canvas is painted and stamped.
Each little square is like a work of art...my favorite hydrangeas and peonies are featured in addition to pale pink seam binding, a nest and bird and bits of crocheted lace and buttons. Great care was taken in creating this piece and I will treasure it!
Mary also included some fun supplies...
Mary knows me pretty well don't you think?
Of course I had to chuckle when I saw the canvas at first because our tastes are very similar...
why we were good partners. I thought I would give you some step-by-step pictures
showing how I created Mary's board...(feel free to run and get a snack and a cold drink)
First, the supplies are gathered...
the background of the board is vintage looking ledger paper.
The the scalloped squares are added....I don't measure, I just eyeball the placement
Then the fun of assembling begins...M is for Mary of course
Birds and nests
some vintage buttons and a vintage looking flower...
I used 3 images of garden fairies to represent Mary's 3 Granddaughters, printing them twice and making them dimensional...
So much fun to create...
Now on to the other swappers.
Please take time to visit the other ladies and feast your eyes on their collages.
Everyone did a wonderful job and I'm so happy to be friends with all of them!
Linda of Grace Filled Moments
Nan of Bubbles of Joy
Susie of South City Hues
Jo at Hybrid Simplicity
Laurie at Laurie Star
Aren't they all wonderful?