Collage Art Creation

Guest post by Carmen from CarmensArt

Carmen Beecher Creates Collage Art 

I am primarily an oil painter, but I also enjoy doing collage. Collage art is much harder than using paint. You have to give the observer enough information to make out what the subject is, and if it’s a portrait it is really a big challenge. I use good-quality magazines, and when I start I spend a very long time finding pieces to tear out that I may possibly use. I put them in piles according to color; if I am doing a black and white collage, which is easier than color, I put them in piles according to value. I always start with order and good intentions, but before it’s over I have paper everywhere and it all gets mixed up. I get too excited as I find various pieces and before I know it it’s a messy pile.
I draw my sketch on the canvas, then I draw over it with a Sharpie. I put down the biggest shapes first, usually the background, using Liquitex Matte Medium and my fingers. I don’t use a brush, I find it just gets in the way and my fingers are going to be a mess anyway. I put medium on both the canvas and the back of the piece of paper, put it in place, smooth it down, and then put more medium on top of it. If it looks wrinkly it adds character, so I don’t worry about that. After the whole thing is done and dry, I varnish with Golden Varnish with UV protection. At this point the collage is virtually indestructible.
I should add that if you are very obsessive, neat, and orderly, you probably won’t like this medium!
I use the Gojo Barrier Lotion on my hands before I begin. It helps a little for getting the medium off my hands later. Nothing really keeps it all off. I wash my hands with Dawn and a scrubber. The Liquitex Matte Medium is for gluing the paper down, and I pour it in a shallow container; the Golden UV Varnish is the final step, a protective varnish.
I choose my papers carefully. Some papers are just too thin and transparent. Vogue and W are good magazines to use. Some people do a completely different kind of collage and use tissue paper or art papers with lots of fiber in them, but that wouldn’t do for my kind of collage.
You must be willing to get messy. Be patient, it can be a long process. Much more time is spent looking for the right piece of paper than applying it. Don’t forget to step way back and look at it to see if the colors and values are actually forming a picture. Start with a black and white collage. It’s easier.
And, as my teacher stressed: don’t use the thing for the thing. In other words, if you are making lips, don’t cut out a picture of lips and use it. It can look quite creepy and ruin the whole thing.
To be a collage artist, you must be patient, a hard worker, and willing to get very messy.
Carmen Beecher

Pinterest Gift Guides: Giftable DIY, Luxe Materials And Mid-Century Modern Looks

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2015 Etsy Holiday Merchandising Guide was released on October 6th, 2015.

The Christmas In July team turned the Holiday Merchandising Guide Into Pinterest Gift Guides.

Let’s enjoy the trends : Giftable DIY, Luxe Materials and Mid-Century Modern Looks.

Giftable DIY

MaryAnne from KeepsakesStudio says:

I think this is a wonderful DIY project pattern. While the pattern envelope shows it produced in blue, I would love to see it in a 60’s combo, like turquoise and pink. Even black and white! Please see listing for more detailed pictures.



Jul’s Craft Crazy from JulsCraftCrazy says:

I have a number of needle craft kids in my supplies and destash section.

They would be wonderful to make for Christmas, or to receive as a gift!



Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

DIY kits are a wonderful way to share some creative fun. The paper Gingerbread house kit comes with a variety of pieces that can used to create your own gingerbread house design.



Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I decided to put together this craft paper pack for those who love to do scrapbooking, journalling, card making anything to do with paper craft over the Christmas holidays or new year. It has different bits and pieces to let your imagination go!



Luxe Materials

Susana from CherishCeramics says:

My Russian flower porcelain brooch is a very special accessory.
I created a collection of Russian inspired brooches a while ago, inspired by the Russian folk designs.

I read as a child a lot of illustrated stories with mysterious Russian princesses, that were extravagant and beautiful, dressed in luxurious outfits, and this brooch is a result of these memories.



Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

This rough crystal and soft leather necklace fits right into the luxe materials theme. Vintage brass chain ties it all together. I love using the raw crystals in jewelry. It makes you stand out from the crowd and feel special! Amethyst and citrine are two of my favorites and they blend so well together.



Sandy from TesoroDelSol says:

If I had to choose one of my more LUXE pieces it would be this Raw Amethyst necklace. The rough edges of the stone paired with the 24K gold electroplated edges create the perfect balance. The pendant suspends from a shimmering gold pyrite beaded chain evoking a sensuous and flirty statement piece.



Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Well, apparently one of the Luxe finishes is ceramic, so that is right up my alley! Obviously I have lots of ceramic wares in my shop, but this one I thought would fit the Luxe theme with its timeless texture and luxe-urious glaze!



Mid-Century Modern Looks

Carmen Beecher from CarmensArt says:

 I am very excited about my latest seascape, “Fall Sunrise.” I live on the Space Coast of Florida, and every year around this time the surf starts kicking up. Combine that with the beautiful sunrise and you have a lovely subject to paint. It’s amazing how in just a few steps I can leave the ordinary world of traffic and noise and enter the soothing atmosphere of the beach.



Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

I love vintage jewelry and get my inspiration for my recycled creations from the vintage treasures I find. Pins are one of my favorites and were a popular accessory for coat lapels years ago!



Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

We love Mid Century Kitchen & Home Decor. Many of our Tablecloths, Kitchen Towels and Dishes feature that trendy, hippy, 50’s/60’s fun vibe. Here is an Apron that we love for its kitchy graphics!



Rheta Parziale from VintageEves says:

I wrote a blog post recently about a designer at Copco, Michael Lax, who developed some of the most iconic mid-century modern pieces.

Most of the pictures link back to other shop listings on Etsy.




Simonetta Book and Art Launch

Guest post by Carmen from carmensart

I am, loosely speaking, a “Daily Painter,” creating at least three small paintings a week most weeks. As you can imagine, inventory builds in a hurry at that rate. I like to have a few paintings scheduled ahead, “on deck,” so to speak, so that when a big project comes along I can carve out some time for it. Luckily, I was prepared when my friend Fay Picardi asked our painting group to create art in support of the launch of her book, “Simonetta.”


Simonetta was the beauty who is believed to be the model for Sandro Botticelli’s famous painting, “Birth of Venus.” Her beauty was so renowned that she was painted frequently during her short life. It was the time of the Medici’s in Florence during the Italian Renaissance, and art and beauty were much revered. Simonetta was the cousin of Amerigo Vespucci, namesake of our country. Botticelli painted several portraits of her.


How amazed Botticelli would be to see his image of Simonetta in “Birth of Venus” plastered everywhere in Florence and in art museum gift shops around the world!


The exquisite artwork is now used on items like this, and I actually am glad that it is. Anything that keeps art in front of people, even tongue in cheek, is fine with me.


When Fay asked if I would do artwork for her book launch, I didn’t want to do an exact reproduction, so I decided the next best thing would be a collage. Oh, how I am a glutton for punishment! It takes me three times longer to do a collage than an oil painting, and destroys my studio with paper everywhere. I begin with the intention of staying organized, but it always deteriorates as I go along. I get too excited when I find that just-right piece, and I maniacally shuffle and dig through magazine pages and pieces for the next one.

This is the finished product, ready for the book launch on November 6 in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, Florida. A plug for the book: it’s available on Amazon. A plug for my collage: it’s available in my Etsy Shop.


#CIJArtGallery – CarmensArt

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Virtual Art Gallery – Carmen from CarmensArt

1. What is your work of art?

The work I am submitting is titled “Green Grapes” and is an original oil painting, 8×10 inches, on canvas panel.



2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

My painting group had a glorious day at Grandfather Winery in Boone, NC, and this represents that happy memory.

3. What keywords describe your work? 

Keywords: green grapes art, oil on canvas, grape vineyard, grape painting, original painting

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Oil is my favorite medium, but I also do collage–mostly portraits in black and white.

5. What fascinates you?

I am fascinated by light and color, and I love to see dramatic lighting in a painting.

6. What are your social media sites?

My blog: