Magazine Collage Postcards

These two items started life as one image sized about 12″ x 7.5″ – I made them as a test idea for the Revisits series of images I did for the online fiction magazine Fictive Dream.

We didn’t go in this direction, but I liked the work, and I decided to cut them, trim a bit, and make two postcards about 5″ x 7″.

To create these collages, I used magazine pages, cut the shapes using an Exacto knife on a cutting mat, and glued them (sloppily, I don’t care about wrinkles, I just mash them flat). Then I swished some paint over the collages and then I was done.

I enjoy the abstraction of half-seen images combined in odd ways and the spareness of image that can result from working in this way.

11 thoughts on “Magazine Collage Postcards

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, early on, I realized that if I wanted to make wrinkle free collages (as so many books and resources seem to feel was how it should be) I would be on a never-ending adversarial relationship with my work! Because it’s just not in me to make wrinkle-free and even more important, I didn’t see what was the problem with them. Just be wrinkled! And I’ve never looked back. Scanning collages emphasizes them, I think, and sometimes I like the scans better. TMI I guess, but, I like to view them as a resource (when you scrape paint over a collage, then you’ll see what wrinkles can really do!)

  1. mim4mail

    Nice images.

    On Sat, Jun 8, 2019 at 5:56 AM Claudia McGill and Her Art World wrote:

    > Claudia McGill posted: “These two items started life as one image sized > about 12″ x 7.5″ – I made them as a test idea for the Revisits series of > images I did for the online fiction magazine Fictive Dream. We didn’t go in > this direction, but I liked the work, and I decided to cu” >

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I used to do a lot of these but forgot about them and now I’ve remembered because of this project, so…I’m pulling out my magazines and getting to work. My best hint is – make a giant one and cut it up into the parts you like, like I did here.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. The project had two stages: the initial one where I tried to make a larger composition and the later one where I figured out where to cut it smaller into two. I think the cut ones are better than the original and yet doing the original I did not worry too much about composition. This was a good way to work for me, minimum stressing over looks and maximum enjoyment of the shapes and forms that resulted.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          Yes. It makes me want to do it again. There is a nice disconnect in the middle of the process that keeps it from getting stressfully serious.

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