A few years ago, I started saving the little strips of photos that get trimmed off in my flush mount framing process. I didn’t really have a plan for them, just thought that individually, they looked like trash, but collectively they were pretty interesting.
As an experiment, I separated out all the red pieces and glued them together as a collage which then sat around my studio unfinished for years. Last summer I finally finished it with an epoxy resin pour and handmade floater frame. I made another with yellow and neutral tones and showed them at Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland Summerfest — and whaddya know… they were a hit.
Recently, I’ve intentionally started cutting up prints and making more of these photo collages and will have them with me at this year’s Virginia-Highland Summerfest if everything continues to go as planned.
It’s a pretty simple process:[list icon=”arrow-2″]
- Pre-cut backing board to which I glue the strips
- Cut up photos into small strips
- Apply glue and photo strips to the backing board
- When dry, trim the edges of the photo strips off with a sharp blade so they are flush to the board.
- Mix and pour epoxy resin over the entire collage surface
- Frame (I build my own floater style frames)
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