I've been posting recent daily collages over on Instagram. Hop on over there and follow me if you wish.
In last week's series I worked on 7 1/2" watercolor paper* starting with a tiny photograph from a grouping I printed at a drugstore where you can print several shots on one print. I drew a loose grid on the paper, glued a photo where I wanted the center of interest, and proceeded to extend the content of the photograph outwards from there.
This is similar to the photo I chose for "Running Toward Home", a herd of horses in a pasture at SunRiver, Oregon. And here is the finished collage:
TEARING 7 1/2" SQUARES":Watercolor paper in either 140# or 300# weight is a favorite substrate for my collages. It comes in sheets that measure 21+" x 30". This size can be folded or measured and torn into 7 1/2" squares with no waste. I keep a stack of these squares on hand.
Here's how I get 12 squares out of one sheet of 22 x 30" paper with no waste...
- Fold in half along the 30" length and tear or cut along the fold, yielding 2 pieces that are 22 x 15.
- Fold each in half and cut along the fold. You'll now have four strips measuring roughly 22 x 7 1/2.
- Now take each of these strips and measure and mark 7 1/2" and cut off this square.
- Fold the remaining strip in half and cut along the fold giving you two more 7 1/2" squares of paper.
- I know 22 doesn't divide evenly by 3 but for my purposes, it's good enough to fudge a bit.
- Repeat with all the paper strips and you'll end up with 12 rough-cut squares.