Collaging in the Studio

Although November is upon us, some leaves still hold the blush of September. This is particularly true of the young dogwood tree that sits in a place of honor in our backyard. Her red leaves remain a powerful scarlet. Yesterday, we foraged some as inspiration for our fall almanac, an homage to autumnal foliage.

First, we arranged the leaves in the shape of an E. Then, we made a photo model for Sara’s collage work.

First, we arranged the leaves in the shape of an E. Then, we made a photo model for Sara’s collage work.

The photo model served as inspiration for a felt collage.

The photo model served as inspiration for a felt collage.

A few snips of the scissors and swipes of the modge podge later, and our own leaf letter is on display.

Here’s a side by side view of the photo and the collage.

Here’s a side by side view of the photo and the collage.

Michael marked the areas for shadow on the photo model so that Sara could use collage materials to place the E in space.

Artistic materials, both natural and unnatural, meet on the art table.

Time to apply felt to canvas with modge podge and brush.

Time to apply felt to canvas with modge podge and brush.

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The E contributes to a larger whole— an almanac that can be read as a poem and experienced as a visual image, simultaneously.

A background completes the collage.

A background completes the collage.

Several photos equal nearly two hours in the studio. Of course, there are other measures of time and value at work in all of this making, and, wile some of those measures belong to the bronzed world of falling leaves, still others belong entirely with you.