Saturday, June 2, 2012

Collage Swap

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!




Susie of South City Hues


Laurie at Laurie Star


Aren't they all wonderful?


xoxo
Joyce

13 comments:

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

LOVE the collage swap and how you made it so personal! NICE
I feel the need to create after seeing your handwork!
Warmly,
deb

LaurieStar said...

Hi Joyce -

I'm sorry I am the last one to post my pics - but I have lots of good reasons for being late! Either way - Jo's beautiful collage is now up on my blog - go check it out and steal some pictures! :) I enjoyed this swap very much - thank you! :)

marie said...

This was such fun swap...I can't wait to make more of these little masterpieces!! Thanks for hosting Joyce. You're awesome!

Mimi Sue said...

What a cute idea! Love them all. Mimi

Sandy said...

So so pretty!!!! I just love these....do you think if you do another one I could join??? This would be so fun! Outside if the box for me..:) Hope youa re great, it has been hOT here, like 111 degrees! Inside for sure! :)

My Vintage Mending said...

Oh how pretty...this is something that looks like you could hang it on the wall all year. Smiles...Renee

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh, I absolutely love both of these. Completely wonderful! All the layering turned out incredible.
About the MdDS...right now I'm trying bio-identical hormone treatment. I feel the symptoms are diminishing just a bit. They'll take my blood again in a couple of weeks to see if the dosages are getting my levels back to where they should be. If not, they'll do some tweaking. I'll keep you posted.
xoxo,
M.L.

woodandfabric said...

oh my! Joyce, this is so lovely! Beautiful soft colors and all those layers. Absolutely Gorgeous!
Michelle

Elyse said...

how very dear both collages are, joyce!

happy june!

xo
elyse

mary k said...

Hi Joyce, Thank you for posting pictures of both of our canvas projects. I'm sorry for failing to post on my blog. I just can't get my act in gear to blog.

STAMPMOM9 said...

Joyce this is bEAUTIFUL!!! How fun was that!!! Love it! I stopped by to ask you to share that recipe for the lemon thyme cookies....oh my sounds delish! Love your blog! Have a wonderful week! :o)

Sandy Michelle said...

You both did a wonderful job!!Have a great weekend!

Sandy xox

Creative Breathing said...

Joyce, it was so lovely to hear from you. Ah this is the place I come for elegance. What an absolutely beautiful theme for a swap. Yes, you can see the artistry and care each person has taken making their creations. Yours is perfection as always! PS Love your husband in his shorts! I don't think I've seen my husbands bare legs in years! Flamingos - what fun! Always, E

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