I mean, start with accounting for what you already have. I had years and years worth of fashion magazines from when I was a teen so that was a decent starting point. But the best advice I can give is to go thrifting!!! Obviously it can be a hit or miss type of mission but you can have one lucky day and hit a jackpot of supplies for a very reasonable price. Garage sales, used book sales at libraries, stuff like that is great to look out for! I would say antique stores as well, you can find some really quality stuff, but you’re going to pay more so I wouldn’t recommend spending that much on materials you’re going to slice up.
Also just let your family and friends know you’re in the market for materials. My grandmother has been bringing me magazines every month for the last 2 years because I mentioned once I could use any spare magazines she doesn’t need lol so any elderly person in your life can be a helpful resource!!
Collage is a very economical art form, anyone can do it and that’s where the beauty of it is. Receipts, junk mail, old greeting cards… like you can really use anything. There are no rules. Good luck!
I appreciate when anyone takes the time out of their day to write something kind to me so the least I can do is try and craft a thoughtful response in return. Also I am lucky because the majority of the questions I get are very polite and respectful and so I do genuinely enjoy interacting with people on here!!
This is a really good question. I definitely get what you mean, I used to collect stickers when I was little and to this day I still have stickers from when I was like, 6 years old that I could never bring myself to use.
It’s sort of a non-answer but it really comes down to intuition, I think? There are definitely pictures I’ve kept for ages and ages because it didn’t feel right to use them. But when you have a strong enough idea or concept, the fear goes away because you’re excited to compose it. It’s like a puzzle piece, it just sorta fits. When I find myself struggling to incorporate an image or text, it’s usually obvious in the result and that’s when I end up regretting my choices. Also, mistakes are more often made from just not knowing when to stop? You can make a strong composition with minimal imagery. Sometimes we make things busier to hide mistakes, but then the whole thing devolves into chaos.
What can help you avoid this is having the pieces ready to go, already cut out. So you can arrange and rearrange as much as you want before gluing anything down. Get the composition right FIRST and you won’t regret “wasting” anything. Figure our what it is you’re trying to say, and the right imagery will present itself to reflect that. Lack of vision is most often what leads to weak composition. You’ll never regret a strongly composed collage. In my opinion.
Also remember there are endless materials out there to be found… If you’re really in love with a certain picture, scan it first before cutting and then at least you have a digital copy as a back-up. But sometimes i keep things so long I end up getting sick of looking at it and scrap it anyway… You want the image to pack a punch. So fuck your fear and strike while the idea is hot!!! Whatever that phrase I’m alluding to is, idk but hopefully you get me
Thank you! That’s very kind to say. I suppose I am proud of some of it. Idk I’m always wary of thinking too highly of myself. There’s some deep rooted embarrassment that I can’t really shake when I start to take myself too seriously. I’m not the most technical or intelligent when it comes to art or writing. I just do it because I can’t imagine not doing it, if that makes sense? The inspiration can ebb and flow but there is an escapist element to it, where I just need something to focus my attention on and the physical act of making things really helps. As far as what inspires me emotionally, it’s most often anger or fear that spurs me to speak. A sense of irony, dramatic or otherwise, self deprecation… I’ve got a lot of pent up feelings to fuel me at any given time lol
As far as materials go I don’t often use magazines as much as I used to. I generally go thrifting and find old textbooks, psychology, biology, wildlife, nature, really anything like that. The older, the better. I like children’s books a lot too, I have age regressive tendencies so sometimes it’s just the simple joy of innocent, colorful images to soothe me.
a quiet lil un-birthday for me
It’s rude to talk with your mouth full
Hope you’re hungry
To be so bright and blind
A trauma with no revelations to be had
it appears i have fallen into a pit of self-loathing
By a thread
and then it all gets washed away
Ruminations on codependency (Like mother, like daughter)
que sera, sera or whatever
Well. I feel better, don’t you?