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Monday, October 29, 2012


Walking in the desert near Tucson AZ, each time I clicked my camera I imagined the collage that I would make when I got home. Here it is and here's how I did it. (click on any image to enlarge)
If you scroll down to the post just below this one, you'll recognize many images that I printed out on plain paper on my very ordinary home printer. Then I cut away all semblance of sky because I wanted to create that myself in my collage.
On a desert path I, whose balance is problematic even on a straightaway, was super-aware to watch out for wayward thorns. But in my collage I wanted to exaggerate the prickliness of the cacti so I cut some of my images with spiked edges as seen above.
Starting with the sky of torn papers, I glued my way down to the first cut image of the hills bathed by evening light. I added a swath of tan, textured paper for the ground,
then layered the various cacti, smaller near the top of the collage, bigger images layered over them to create an illusion of distance. At the bottom, I cut an image of a huge rock at the Sonoran-Desert Museum and glued on some actual desert soil.  No color manipulation in Photoshop but I took great liberties with relative sizes and placement of the plants. Notice a little yellow sun added to the sky just at the end. Purchase price $275. Contact Ellen Spector Platt.


Ellen Zachos said...

I love it.

Plohni said...

It's beautiful. The colors are gorgeous and the turquoise really makes it! The colors remind me of Fran Larsen's watercolors of the SouthWest.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

Betsy said:I really enjoyed todays post.You're such a good teacher!!
I have always been admiring and appreciative of collage but have never felt moved to try it.
By the time I finished the post I had changed my mind.
It looks like so much fun. I think I'd like to try making one.
Where is your next class?

Ellen Spector Platt said...

Thanks,I'll announce my next class right here.

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