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Daily Paper Prompt #46: Stapled Collage

Lauren Bergold is our creative prompt-o-matic hostess for DPP #46. I met Lauren via index-card-a-day a few years ago and fell in love with enthusiasm and ability to take a prompt and go absolutely WILD with it. 


Hi! I'm Lauren and I'm thrilled to be guest hostess today for the Daily Paper Prompt! My favorite creative motif this summer was sparked by two words at the bottom of one of Tammy's prompt lists, and those words were, "stapled collage". Did you ever have one of those moments when an idea almost seems to *EXPLODE* inside your brain? That's what happened to me when I read the prompt.

I'm sure there are a thousand ways to interpret that phrase... and I'm hoping to see lots of different ones when you guys get going! But somehow, I immediately thought that meant making a collage which was held together with ONE staple. The first one I made (above) during the Index Card A Day project, took an embarrassingly long time to compose, mostly because of the difficulty of the engineering; yet I've come back to the idea over and over; and I'm still not tired of it.

Every once in a while, I confess, I've had to cheat and use a little glue or tape underneath the "nether layers", to keep things extra-firmly in place. Conversely, it's amazing how many things which are "challenging" to attach with other adhesives, can be held on with just one staple; like transparencies, lace, doilies, tiny sequins, etc! 

For today's post I made a brand new collage, and I have to admit, it's my favorite to date. I wanted to make a sort of "step-by-step" photo story, but it turns out, my collage-making process is just not compatible with that idea, lol. However, if you'd like to see a "deconstruction" which strips away each layer, there just happens to be such a thing on my blog! :)

Meanwhile, what *I* long to see are a few of the ways that my fellow artists will interpret the words, "stapled collage". Will you obsess over the engineering, like I did? Or make the collage your focus, and just use the stapler to easily attach your layers? Maybe you'll see the staples themselves as a beautiful way to create patterns or faux stitching or texture? Probably you've already thought up LOTS of brand new ideas I haven't even begun to fathom... and I cannot wait to see every one of them! ♥

Lauren's detailed article about Stapled Collage is in Daisy Yellow Zine #11


Daily Paper Prompt #45: The Sun

The prompt is simply the sun. The are a bunch of ways to interpret this prompt. You could create art about the sun, paint a sun, draw a mandala that looks like a sun, collage a sun from scrapbook papers or celebrate the colors of the sun in your art journal.


Daily Paper Prompt #44: Leaf Prints

Paint a leaf with heavy body acrylics, fluid acrylics, craft acrylics or block printing ink. Place a piece of heavy cardstock on top of the leaf and press gently without moving the paper. You can also "roll" over the paper with a dry brayer to get the imprint. This is {seriously} messy, so prep your table with newspaper before you get started. You can try this with your kiddos too. Try imprinting on painted paper or scrapbook paper. The spark for this idea was originally at Project Based Homeschooling.

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Daily Paper Prompt #43: Brainstorm!


Creative Things to Do in 15 Minutes.

Two brainstormy mind-mappish sorts of lists to ponder. The prompt is to brainstorm about something and document your ideas in a creative fashion. You could use hand-lettered text, scribbles, fruit stickers, photos, anything you wish, but get your thoughts out of your jumbled mind onto a safe spot like a piece of paper! These lists were created in response to one of Aimee's list challenges at Artsyville.

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Daily Paper Prompt #42: Hand-Lettering

Our guest hostess for this typographical prompt is Teresa Robinson of stargardener's right brain planner. Teresa is adept at using text to provide shape, texture and meaning to her work. I'm in love with Teresa's funky weekly calendar art and the daily bits of inspiration shared at her blog.


Lettering and personal handwriting are a form of art.

Creating your own style of lettering via letters cut from junk mail or magazines, books or other printed material is a way to "journal through" kinesthetically as well as add some creative elements to your planners, journals or art.

{make your way}

There are limitless combinations {and of course, no rules} when creating letter art. Allow the selection and decision process be a way to abide with your thoughts — and daring yourself with sparkly dares to try something new!


{types of letters}

Experiment with your hand-lettering using a broad-tip marker or even a crayon; consider adding ink or paint to letters you print using a word processing program or letters cut and collected from various sources. If you decide you don't like it — paint or collage over it or tear it to bits, and use for something else.


Daily Paper Prompt #bonus: Haiku

thousands of nightmares
evil men darken the sky
no peace this morning


Today's prompt is to write a simple haiku. 5-7-5 pattern.

5 syllables

7 syllables

5 syllables

my younger daughter's index card for july 4th seems appropriate again

Please feel welcome to create a haiku and post it in the comments. My haiku= simple words that came to my mind when I thought about the moments watching the unthinkable on tv the morning of 9/11/01, the planes flying into the towers, the confusion, the smoke, the sadness.