Don't you just love it when you get a new book and when you open it for the first time, you just know it was a worthwhile purchase?
That's precisely how I feel about "Scraps". This is one of the newer publications from Lark Books, who, along with Northlight, publish about 80% of the collage books on my shelf. Originally written and published in Danish in 2006, it was translated and resold to an English-speaking audience last year.
Being a sucker for any sort of foreign ephemera, I immediately fell in love with this book. Because the original author (Elsebeth Gynther) is Danish, there are plenty of European items that are vintage and/or just plain awesome enough to make me drool.
One of the best parts of the book is where the authors show examples of papers, thumbnail-style, that can be used in collage (i.e., pretty much anything). It's funny - even though I've been collaging for nearly five years, I forget sometimes that any item is fair game. I suppose that happens when you get comfortable with one particular style, but that is precisely why I continue to buy new books on the subject. It's not that I need any technical advice; I need to relearn how to play.
A (VERY small) selection of my stash
Copyright laws prohibit me from showing anything in the book, so I've taken the liberty of showing som
e of my own comparable ephemera. In doing so, I was reminded how lucky I am to have my
collection! It's not that it's worth a lot of money - far from, or I'd never use it in my artwork - but how fortunate I am to live in an area with GREAT resources (access to the Interweb sure doesn't hurt, either!)!
Here are some of my favorite collages that I've made with my ephemera stash. These are cards that, as the book puts it, "made themselves". The authors are right - THIS is when the fun begins! :D