Professional Artist Elida Field showed Helen how to preserve all of your summer travel's favorite memories. You've just returned from your whirlwind trip and as you start to unload all of your bags, you find
tons of receipts, tickets, paystubs, postcards, business cards etc. Before you toss everything, consider using them to make a fabulous piece of art.
~12"x12" wooden box or any size wood or canvas depending on amount of tickets, paystubs, business cards, pictures, postcards etc. from your recent trip!
~All papers, maps, postcards, metro tickets, notes etc. from your trip.
~Aquavar, Golden medium, or Modge Podge...
~Paint brushes (1/2" to 1"size), old throw away brush
~Throw away paper palette or styrofoam plate and paper towels
(Optional)~Acrylic paints & Varnish or finishing spray, and stickers, or vinyl stick-ons.
How to create your "Travel Collage"
1. Go through all of your travel bags, including your purse to collect any train tickets, plane
tickets, theatre tickets, museum tickets, pay-stubs etc. If you had any special notes, paper sacks
or papers that are reminescent of your trip, pictures, or postcards...organize those into a pile.
Lay out the composition on your canvas prior to glueing them down, but be open for things to
be added or changed around once you begin the glueing process.
2. Pour your aquavar or other glue medium onto a throw away plate or bowl. Using an old
brush, brush the aquavar onto the canvas in large enough amounts to cover the area for the
first piece of paper. Lay your paper, map, or ticket over the aquavared area and then dip your
brush again in the aquavar and brush over the top of the image. Using your finger or the
brush, push out any air bubbles that might be caught under the image. It is extremely
important that all areas under the image or word has glue. Continue on layering more and
more pictures onto the canvas until the whole canvas, including the sides has at least one layer
of paper. When in doubt, add another layer. The aquavar will dry clear. If you plan to use the
vinyl stick-ons, just put the aquavar on the bottom of the paper and not the top
so that the top stays matte and can take the stick of the vinyl better.
3. Once dried, you can either paint over everything to give it a distressed look, or you can add
stickers, embellishments, or vinyl words or pictures. You can also use stencils or paint a scene
over the top with acrylics.
Add ribbons, stickers, and other embellishments to spice up the interactive qualities of your
piece. You can also include special journal writings or notes on the backside of the wooden box
to keep it safe, but also more personal.