I didn't make any art for about 5 years, around 2004-2010ish. During that time period I was newly married, I had both my babies, I changed jobs three times, and I moved twice. It's understandable why I didn't but I still could have. Those aren't excuses so much as just a peek into my life at that time. When I started feeling the pull to create again, the way I used to create wasn't going to work for me anymore. There's no way I could have painted on large canvases with two little kids in a tiny apartment.
In 2010 I got an iPhone and it changed my life in many ways. (Maybe that sounds materialistic or ridiculous to say a smart phone changed my life but I bet it's changed yours too.) I had a camera in my pocket. Not only did the phone take photos but I could edit and share them without leaving my kids. I was one of the first people on Instagram and I loved the community. It was there that I discovered that people were using these phones to create art and I wanted in on that!
I began downloading apps and taking more photos and figuring out how to make collages entirely on my phone. There was no mess to clean up or for my kids to get into. There was no need for a studio space. I could play with color and texture and composition in all the ways I did with paint. And the best part--there's an undo button!
When I was trying to figure out what I'd put together for August's mini course over at year of creative habits, I had lots of ideas but none that I was too excited about. That is until I remembered these collages. I had SO much fun making these collages over the years. They are so easy that sometimes it feels like cheating.
Yesterday I made the collage below as a warm up for the class lessons. Back in the day almost all the apps exported 1:1 photos but now you aren't confined to a square! In about 5 days, the course will be available and I'll show where I get my images. I'll share my favorite apps and show you exactly how to use them. You can make a collage right along beside me using my images or your own. I'm pretty sure once you try it, you'll get hooked.
For me, these collages got me back into making. They helped me create when I didn't feel very creative. They led to learning more about photography and drawing and then later painting. Yet it's still fun to go back and just make a collage.