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Canvas board assemblage

You only love God as much as you love the person that you love the least.
~ Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement

I made this piece quite a few years ago, but recently I unearthed it from a pile that was waiting to be "written up". I believe that the photo was a class picture, and the little boy in the front row has his arms folded in disgust at being surrounded by giiiiirrrrls...yuck!

1. Sponge a small canvas board with the background colors that you want.  I used dark, medium, and light turquoise shades of acrylic paints.

2. Scan and print out your focal image if you don't want to use the original.  Spray it with some sealer or varnish to protect it.  Print out any text you want to use, or hand write it.

3. From the hardware store, I used some assorted do-dads, a rubber gasket, and a piece of screen.  From the junk pile, I plucked a rusted picture hanger.  From an antique shop, I acquired a skeleton key, and in a craft store I found some decorative eyelets.

4. Arrange your trash and treasures, and decide how they will be layered.  Use a Japanese screw punch if you have one to create holes where the screws, bolts, and eyelets will go.  If you don't have a screw punch, you can create holes using nails, increasing the size with each puncture. 

5. Attach pieces that need to be glued using acrylic medium or PVA glue.  E6000 works well for heavier objects too. 

Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Diane said…
Great collage--and thank you for sharing!! (love that image :)
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Diane! I love that image too...his face and body language just say it all ;-)
Limarea said…
Love your assemblage (that color is great) And the quote is really something to think about. :)
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Limar :-) The more I learn about Dorothy Day, the more I want to know!
Cecilia Swatton said…
I love this collage! Dorothy Day was a very inspirational, courageous, spiritual, fiesty woman! Kudos to you for reminding us about her and her ever-true words of wisdom!

Cecilia Swatton
I love this one, Cyndi. I'm a scrapbooking nut; so I guess that explains why it appeals to me so.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks guys! Cecilia, she was an *amazing* woman. Eileen, I see what you mean...the vintage photograph gives it that look!
Tammy said…
I love that picture & how you focus in on the little boy. Wonderful way to incorporate photography and collage together.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Tammy :-) That boy just jumped out at me!
Linda Augsburg said…
This piece really speaks to me. I love the key with the quote--the way you've absolutely encapsulated the whole theme is inspiring!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Linda :-)