The other day, my new blog friend Leslie. at Brookhollow Lane asked us all a good question. What do you do with your old Mary Engelbreit calendars and cards? They are just way too good to toss out, as we all know. (As on every post on here, just click on the pictures to enlarge them for a better view.)
I wanted to show you a couple of collage art projects that I did years ago. This first one was done with calendars, but not an M.E. one. I was living at the camp house, and had set up a little craft room. I spent a day in there creating the picture below. I had never done college before, but I sure did have a great time creating this one:
I just used what I had on hand to make it. A teddy bear calendar, and some flower photos out of old magazines. At the very end, I added some puff paint for outlining, and placed it into a frame from Goodwill. It is now hanging in our guest bathroom.
I made that collage when I was in the middle of my unhappy second marriage. I was wishing that my first one had worked out, but that I still had my three babies. (My third baby came with the second marriage.) I put the picture of having six kids on there, because at that time I had three kids of my own and three stepsons. The picture really shows 4 girls and 2 boys, but I figured it was close enough for this art project.
But you know what is really funny? I am now in my third marriage, and I ended up with 4 girls and 2 boys ... just like that picture shows.
Later, after my divorce, I went back to school. I took an art class. I loved it so much! Our final project was supposed to be a time line of our life. We could use any medium we wanted to and any interpretation. This is what I came up with:
I used fabric, cardboard and ribbon to make an accordion book. Then I used my ME calendars, cards and desk calendars to create collages for each important part of my life, beginning when I became a mother. I kept on going past the present, and it is so funny how it all worked out. Kind of like the kid thing on the first collage. Like H.I. in the movie Raising Arizona, where he dreams way into the future.
I sewed pockets out muslin, and placed cardboard inside to keep the book sturdy. Then I used ribbon to sew each page together. At the end, I glued the individual collages into the middle of each page. Some collages are more detailed than others.
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