For this collage, I’m going to
use a variety of metallic e ects.
I’ve already created a patina
(see Chapter 8) on a piece of this
collage and now I’m going to
create a pattern for a piece of art
metal I want to incorporate.
On a piece of vellum, draw the
shape that you want to be metal.
Cut out the shape carefully,
allowing an extra ½" all the way
around because you need to fold
the metal under by at least that
much to get rid of the sharp edges.
Cut a piece of thin art metal o
the roll with a pair of old scissors
that you have designated for such
tasks, or use tin snips. Don’t use
your newest pair of precision
scissors because cutting metal
will dull the blades.
One of my favorite tool sets comes in handy for this kind of
project—a delightful little box for the paper artist from Making
Memories. I have the deluxe set, which costs about $40 and
comes packed in a lovely tin case. It has a craft knife, glue pen,
hammer, hole punch with three head sizes, universal eyelet
(grommet) setter, four di erent heads, tweezers, set of four
needles, paper piercer deluxe, stylus, 6" ruler, and a black setting
mat. Now you know what to ask for on Valentines Day!
As an alternative to grommets (eyelets),
there is a huge selection of beautiful
metal brads in the hobby stores. All you
need is something to poke a hole in the
metal, then use the brads to attach the
metal to the rest of the collage.
And don’t limit yourself to using these
with metal—incorporate these lovely
brads into any collage.