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Here is the process for a collage I just finished.

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Some blues and white for sky and yellows for the background of my vacant lot.

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I used a stencil I made to populate the vacant lot with some orange cats. Then I used Crafter’s Workshop Templates 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Flower Frenzy stencil to add some orange and red flowers.

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Then I painted a layer or 2 of grass over the top. I had cut a serrated edge on an old credit card that I used to spread the paint. It gave a nice grassy look and allowed the colors from underneath to show through. I used some blue, black and mostly white acrylic paint spread with a brayer onto bubble wrap cut into a cloud shape to make some clouds.

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I used the city skyline from this book, Stencil Me In to establish the horizon and a background for my cityscape. Then I positioned my “skyscrapers” I had cut out from some pretty papers and some painted book pages. You can see the flowers and the paper I painted to use for leaves are here on the table, too. I also used a white pen to add some Tibetan Buddhist inspired details to add some definition and movement to the clouds.

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One of the side effects of always having migraines is that things tend to fall through the cracks. I was getting this collage ready for a show that is opening this coming weekend. In the rush and relief of getting it done a little early I forgot to take a picture of the finished collage! So, I will have to get a picture of it at the art center when I remember to! I call it Almost Vacant Lot. You still see hints of the cats in the lot if you know where to look.