I love to get inside looks into artists' lives...find out what they're reading or eating, see their workspace and get glimpses into their artistic process. I read lots of biographies and personal blogs. Maybe this is why Instagram is my favorite social media. It seems to have those little peeks into random parts of people's lives. Today I'm sharing a peek into the process behind yesterday's collage.
For a couple of years now, I've been making digital collages on my iPhone. I work on them without much thought and can easily find that an hour has passed without my noticing. The main apps that I use are Phonto (free!) and Image Blender ($2.99). Phonto is an app to add text to a photo or a colored block. Many times I'll save just a blank block of color in Phonto and use that as my starting page. The Image Blender app layers two photos. I use that for the collage process.
Last I added color and pattern using the Studio Design (free!) app. I try to avoid many of the predesigned elements in Studio Design. I noticed on The House That Lars Built how she uses colored shapes to fill in elements of her art. I stole that idea and used it to fill in parts of my collage. I like the way the elements overlap and how the uneven edges show, like real cut and pasted papers. This week I'm looking forward to creating some paper collages. I love the ease and freedom of the digital collages but there's nothing quite like pushing paper around with your own two hands.