Monday, January 14, 2013

Cover for me!

OOH!  I am so excited - I'm teaching my second class at Moondance Studios in Fond du Lac on Thursday - this time I'm teaching "Collage 101"! We have a whopping SEVENTEEN people signed up for the class - that's HUGE!  We're going to have lots of fun.

I've been creating various collages for the class, to show the workshop-goers (I don't like to call them "students", because to me that implies that I am somehow elevated in comparison).  I recently cleaned out my car after a very long period (oopsy!) and found a whole bunch of book covers.

Here's a sad fact - books sometimes do get destroyed.  Whether by neglect, age, use or lack of space, many books get thrown out in the recycle bin.  Well, here is one book cover that I salvaged:

"Read all About it" collage

Come ON!  I mean, I HAD to give this cover a new life!  Not only are there some great typography items on it (like that awesome NO.), but some stamping and those great signatures from the late Thirties/early Forties.  Add to that the random scribbling, and I had one beaut of a "canvas".

I spent an hour or two browsing through my 1940s "Life" magazines, because I knew that I would find the perfect collage fodder for this cover.  BINGO!!  I sure did!  All of these folks came from the same ad for TVs - really early TVs (that's what the couple is looking at whose backs are turned).  I have a thing for anyone or thing mail-related, so the postman had to be included.  And since I used to work in the newspaper industry, our little paperboy had to also make the cut.

Almost done!  But it just needed a little more, so I dug through my rub-on transfers until I found the little embellishments you see on the top and bottom.  VOILA!!  C'est fini!  :D

Today I will be making a trek to our library to pick up some old Reader's Digest Condensed Books - if you've ever seen them, you know how awesome the inside covers are.  Hooray!  More collage material!

6 comments:

  1. Lovin it Mel!Wish I could come to your class but a little bit of a hike from Michigan....:(

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  2. Thanks Jewels! I wish you could come, too! Maybe someday I'll travel to your neck of the woods and teach a class! That would be so fun! :D

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  3. Fabulous Mel....Michigan is more than a hike from here. I'd have to swim the Pacific. Have fun.

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    1. Oh, I would LOVE to visit the UK and do some workshops! How lovely! Maybe someday, Jo! :D

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  4. Hi Mel, I love this piece...so vibrant and wonderful! The tv ad collage fodder is neat, and it's great how your rub-on embellishments match perfectly!

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    1. Hi Jayne - thank you for your lovely comment! I love it when serendipity happens, and it sure did with this piece! I love it when I find JUST the right embellishments! :D

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