Are you someone who saves mementos like movie stubs, matchbooks, and sand from that special beach? I am! This project is wonderful because it allows you to use these things in a work of art that can be seen often. The memories these "treasures" hold will not be locked in a box or hidden inside a page most often unturned. It is also a great piece to make for a loved one, be it husband or best friend, as a tribute to the fun times you have shared.
I made this collage for an "old flame". I never gave it to him. Yay for me, because it is one of my favorites ever and now I can share the technique with you:) The basis of this was mementos from times spent in Memphis, along with times in L.A. , along with a small bit of painting. If you are not a "painter"-- fill in the gaps with solid color, words, or maybe a piece of poetry. Hand-painting is not necessary to end up with a cool design.
Here is a closer look at the things I chose to commemorate the memories:
UPPER LEFT: a matchbook, often the center of our "ice-breaker" jokes, sand and shells collected while beach-combing in Los Angeles, my bag claim ticket
UPPER RIGHT: Kroger receipt for our dinner cooked together, bowling wristband, painting of us kissing to fill space
BOTTOM LEFT: another matchbook (from a Mexican restaurant we shared a great meal at), a photo of my writing on the wall "January & Keith" at an LA dive (which happened to be Charles Bukowski's fav hangout back in his day)..
Cheesy, but hey, sometimes cheese is good..Especially on pizza:)
BOTTOM RIGHT: coaster from a bar, movie ticket bedazzled with cheap "jewels" and gold trim taken from a Chambord bottle. I painted behind the ticket using white paint and then used a knife to cross-hatch texture and evoke a light, feathery feeling and add dimension.
CENTER (or more appropriately, OFF CENTER): a flyer from B.B. King's where we shared a night of singing the blues
I hope this has inspired you to do something fun with all those things you're significant other laughs at you for saving. Haha:)
Have fun with it! Above all: don't try to strive for perfectionism. It's the love behind the work that makes it beautiful ..