Travel Collage

      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.

      Materials List:
      ~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.