I’m SO not a scrapbooker – but I DO love making collage creations out of paper and little found objects. There is also something warm and comfortable about old books, so combining printed word with watercolor, buttons, colored pencil and other personal touches is a great way to create an original piece of art!
These painted print collage cards were whipped up by me and my daughter in a matter of minutes, so you don’t even have to invest a lot of TIME into this project – AND, they are great for little ones who are just starting to use a glue-stick and scissors. You can even tear the shapes and forget the scissors all together. So find those tattered books, find your creative mojo and give those forgotten pages of print a new life!
Let’s Do This!
**I know it’s really not necessary to go step-by-step on a tutorial for this project, but I’ll mention some “lessons learned” along the way.
- Find the printed pages you’d like to use, then paint with watercolor (or watered down tempera). You want to use a thin paint so you can still see the printed words after it’s painted. Don’t use a really old book because the paper can become very brittle (and crack) after it dries.
- Cut or tear the shapes from the painted print, and create your masterpiece. Embellishments are limitless – little buttons and metal brads work nicely with the vintage-looking collages, but use your imagination and create personalized cards, gift tags and wall hangings.
- Glue-sticks work great for cards and small items, but I’d suggest a stronger craft glue for bigger pics or layered creations.
- Add pencil, marker, crayon….as you’d like!