I'm taking the Collage Basics class at GreenPaper. Our first assignment was to create an ATC, so I hauled out the many image sheets she'd supplied us with and, trying to pay attention to her lessons (scale, color, balance, etc) made a couple ATCs.
The first one is themeless, near as I can tell. A little girl, a stamp from Yugoslavia, a postmark from Paris, a couple pages torn from old books. ??? No common ground there that I can see. LOL
However, the colors are good and the whole things balances out pretty well. I darkened her necklace a little cause she's so plain, and gave her skin and dress and bow some color with blending chalks.
Not one of my favorites, but ok.
The second one I like. I'd been eyeing the image of the couple for several days but didn't have any idea what to do with them. That's where I'm really weak at this - thinking up the concept, the theme, the motivation.
But I'd just bought a pack of 4 paper place mats at Michaels for $0.20 and the background went with the couple, so I got started.
They're obviously dressed up, so I figured they were going out.
Night on the Town popped into my head. Took me forever to find all 4 words in the same old book. From there, I didn't have much trouble deciding to add the music and the fortune teller's card, which looks like an opera program, maybe.
It still looked sort of empty at the top, so I added the flourish stamp, then the words, and finally, a little star charm.
I'm still having fun with the ATC size. It's perfect for words from a book, it's not too large to intimidate me, and the smallness means almost instant gratification.