Today I'm joining in with the Paperphilia 'Paper Love' blog hop and taking it as a chance to debut the style of papery thing I've been working on, quietly for over a year now.
[I would say I'd been working on them 'secretly' but that sounds far more clandestine than it really is and it makes me seem paranoid. Which I'm not. Why? Who said I was paranoid?]
I haven't blogged any of these before so the only way you might have seen one would be if you've been curled up on the sofa next to me of an evening when I've been snipping out and sticking. Have you been? No? Oh, I thought I recognised you ...
They're a little different from my other creative papery potterings - art-journaling, collage, scrapbooking, card making etc. Gone are the colours the layers, the textures ... and yet what remains - monochrome, plain and pared down - still feels right to me:
pages from my vintage book collection] and words, which together result in a 3rd thing I hold dear: communicating through the written word.
This 'back-to-basics' approach appears to also have had an influence on what it is I end up saying in these 'found' story collages. It seems that it's not just their form that's a little bit stripped down and naked ... but the content tends to be too: the snippets themselves influence what it is I end up saying.
Being formed from such simple black and white ingredients all the life and colour these pieces need has to come from the found words themselves.
They each bring with them their own set of emotions and meanings and then, when I combine them with words from other sources, the finished pieces are suddenly something new. Something even I didn't see coming.
And what they've become is an on-going series of 'Snipped Tales' as I like to call them ...
[For the record, yes, I do know that that name could be taken the wrong way. But you should know by now that you're never more than a juvenile grin away from an underlying double entendre when you're in my company.]
So, let me share one of these 'Snipped Tales' with you now; one I sent to a friend at Christmas.
Other than wanting it to feature friendship in general, I didn't set out with anything in particular in mind. Instead I just pored over lots of pages until I found what it was I wanted to say ... or, more likely, until it found me.
And here it is:
Somehow in re-purposing all those old words, phrases and snippets that have found themselves loosed from the pages of timeworn books ...
... I find myself freed to find something new to say.
I hope to follow up this 'Snipped Tales' debut with more in the future. Like I say ... they're something I've been working on in private for quite a while ... so it's surely time I opened up the pages to share a few more ...
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