A long time ago, I made myself a collaged shoe box to hold my journals. I was really pleased with how it turned out, but somewhat confused as to what to do with the leftover images I had collected. I decided to make a full on, poster sized collage: which was actually a dumb idea. Do you have any idea how many images it takes to fill up a full sized piece of foam board. A million-ish. I tore up magazines, catalogs, basically anything with an image on it that I liked, and kept them until I thought I finally had enough. It's finally done, none too soon (I was about to give up). In case anyone is silly enough to want to try this (and for me when I undoubtedly try to make another one) I have some tips:
- don't be too picky with images. not every image you cut out and save will be entirely visible in the finished project. it's totally okay to choose something you're not necessarily in love with, because it won't be the focal point anyway.
- sort out your items into a couple of different groups. my groups were basically small, medium, large, straight edges, and forefront.
- try and work from the outside in. i started in the middle, then realized very quickly that if I wanted the edges to look right i'd need to deal with them first. that's what the straight edges group was for.
- it's not easier, but i think it looks much better to glue your larger pieces down first. especially if the larger piece is mostly one color, you'll be able to accent it with smaller pieces instead of having it in the forefront being kind of boring.
- lay out all of your images, if possible. i used just about every available flat surface, it was nice to be able to see everything i could choose from instead of having to sort through different piles.
- i found that it was easier to do all (or rather most) of my gluing in one day. it not only got it done faster, but the styling was more uniform, if that makes sense.
- make sure to have plenty of small images! when i was nearing the end, i had tons of little spots that you couldn't really tell weren't filled but that still annoyed me. smaller images are great for filling up those little spaces.
and on to the pictures!
here are some of my smaller images, along with some stickers, all laid out.
medium sized images laid out on the couch
large and forefront images on my coffee table
beginning to fill in the edges (unfortunately the only progress shot I can find)
all finished after 2 coats of mod podge!
the lower left corner
the upper left corner
the upper right corner
the lower right corner
some close ups of my favorite parts: