Collagevitations: A Cinco de mayo experiment!

A cinco de mayo collagevitationI was trying to think up a way to bring some excitement and “buzz” to this year’s 5th of May activities that we’ll have at our home this year. I got to thinking about creating personalized invitations that still have a standard look and feel and don’t tax too much in their production demand. Then I had it: make some invitations using my tried and true collage technique! And its been really, really fun – and pretty successful too :)

The basic idea is to produce a collage on a piece of 1/2-inch thick 5″ x 5″ wood tile using scraps of paper with text about Cinco de mayo in Spanish and English. This was developed over several layers, with three colors in between each layer: yellow, cadmium red, and green. On the surface, a big cobalt blue “5.” I then whitewashed the whole thing with some titanium white, allowed it to dry, then hit it with a rotary sander, creating a distressed, aged look. On the back, basic text about who, what, where etc laser printed onto plain cotton paper, afixed to the surface of the wood using clear gloss Golden acrylic medium.

To send in the mail, I have wrapped it up in cut paper bags and sealed with masking tape. Looking forward to hearing what people say!

I really love your idea and it looks great. (Hope I get one in the mail!) Loved the use of the gel medium, my fav, too, and the use of the sander… great, inventive stuff!

I think the reuse of the paper bags is terrific!

What’s the annual event?

curious!

hey, thanks mary! the event is a cinco de mayo celebration – send me your post address by email and I’ll pop one in the mail! Maybe you’d like to truck down to Vermont for a day (or more?) to participate in a Peace Tiles workshop I’m having at my home? I’ll post some details here on that too…

sweet!! I also love the paperbag envelopes/packaging.

hey, thanks darlene! i was inspired to do this from the whole artist trading card phenomenon. would you be willing to share your experience with those?

thanks for stopping by!

  • lhtorres says:

    hey, thanks mary! the event is a cinco de mayo celebration – send me your post address by email and I’ll pop one in the mail! Maybe you’d like to truck down to Vermont for a day (or more?) to participate in a Peace Tiles workshop I’m having at my home? I’ll post some details here on that too…

  • darlenecharneco says:

    sweet!! I also love the paperbag envelopes/packaging.

  • lhtorres says:

    hey, thanks darlene! i was inspired to do this from the whole artist trading card phenomenon. would you be willing to share your experience with those?

    thanks for stopping by!

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