Marks in Neocolors on postal paper

It all started with a little mark-making session, just line after line of Neocolor II wax crayons, the marks growing to fill a huge swatch of postal paper. This is a heavy utilitarian brown paper used for wrapping packages. Isn’t it pretty!? As a friend at FB pointed out, the texture of the postal paper makes the marks even more interesting. The Neocolors grab onto the paper and I love the rich, saturated color on the basic backdrop. [If you are curious about Neocolor I and II, here’s a ginormous post about them with examples and thoughts.]

3x5” one-staple collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” one-staple collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

When I spied the paper on the art desk, suddenly I’m tearing the paper, stacking it up, adding some found text and voilà - ONE STAPLE collage! What’s a one-staple collage? A collage held together by ONLY one staple, no glue, no stitchery, no nada.

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

A stitched collage with paper scraps… can you find a swatch of postal paper ⤴️ in the brew? Also? A gelatin print, gift wrap, and found text from a Starbucks brochure brought back from Mexico years upon years ago.

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

Another stitched collage, this one much more organized with a surprising amount of white space which is very nice in a composition.

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

And finally, a collage where I cut all sorts of paper scraps + leftovers into circles and put them together again.