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'laid back' - collage by laura redburn

recently i suddenly had a burst of inspiration. to be honest that happens rarely these days (‘it’ is slowly coming back though) so when inspiration decides to make a visit i try and make as much of it as i can. this collage is one of a few i’ve made recently, and i have to say …i really like it.

something i struggle with is backgrounds. i used to have quite ‘busy’ textured collages years ago, but the style i have honed over the past few years (plain or very minimal background) really feels so much more me. anyway, the point i was getting to, was that i do feel i need to maybe work more context into my work in terms of background space? i don’t know.

i always want to grow as an illustrator/artist, but whenever i try to work any kind of a background into a collage i feel like i’ve betrayed myself. does that sound silly? it does. so, i realise that what i really need to focus on is the main illustration, and if i feel it needs some more context in terms of visual depth or storytelling, i need to find a way to work that into the main area i’m working within, or to minimalise it, to …deconstruct it? and spread it around the piece.

it’s hard to explain what i mean and i hope at least someone understands what i’m trying to get at here.

but essentially: i really like this collage, i tried working in a background and i hated it, then i added in a few small elements to ‘bring it to life’ a bit and that made me like it even more. voila!

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snapshots of my week – 20th may

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photo of daisies

as we’re in the midst of spring pretty much all my photos and video clips this week are flowers, ha! that is absolutely fine with me.

i have things i could probably talk about that have happened in the past week, like being in constant pain, my tinnitus being worse than ever, lots of rain, lack of money and whatnot ..but i can tell i’d end up ranting and i’m in a good mood, and at this point in time i’d rather remember the good things. i do have plans to write about the aforementioned things soon though.

some good news though, i actually made a few new collages! they’re up on my instagram if you want to check them out, but i’ll be blogging about them too. also i made a few cinemagraphs! you can see one of them below.

clover leaves with rain drops

clematis trailing down wall

clematis on roof of garage

kerria japonica flowers

cimemagraph of shadow on wall

close up of apple blossom

pretty lilac flowers

pink cherry blossom on ground

summer themed arts and crafts

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fruit salad pattern by laura redburn - cardboardcities

so, as summer is getting nearer, i thought it’d be cool to do a post sharing some summer themed arts and crafts. it’s a time many of us like to be outside, and sometimes that time lends itself to getting creative if you want to keep yourself occupied with things other than BBQs and sunbathing. personally not one for sunbathing so i like to paint and make things whilst enjoying the lovely weather.

of course, living in britain, there will inevitably be rainy days too and you might just want to make something to distract you. i remember on rainy summer days at my nans we’d make pinwheels and ‘dogs’ (literally a decorated plastic bag with a bit of string tied to it) to play with in the wind. sometimes simple things like this can be so fun, and i always encourage getting creative whenever you can, at whatever age.

if you have any posts with summer themed crafts or creative things to do or make, let me know and i’ll add them in to this list.

summer themed arts and crafts

– how about making some pressed flower pictures? gather some of your favourite flowers and you can look back on your summery finds when the weather cools down. a fantastic memory keeper!

– into knitting or crochet? maybe you could make a picnic blanket or some seat covers if you’ll be spending lots of time outside. you could make it super colourful and integrate some summery imagery into it. some of these knitting patterns are a good start. love this one from kat goldin!

– i made some watercolour patterns a few years ago, so if you’re handy with a paintbrush, you could paint some tasty summer fruits or ice lollies.

– talking of summer fruits, you can make this super cute felt watermelon necklace, you could use a sterling silver chain to add a more adult feel to it. or make it bunting style!

– this floral wreath made with egg cartons would be a fun thing to make with kids.

– you could use this easy DIY decals post as inspiration to make something look cute and flowery, or just cheer up some household goods.

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