Just a spiral sketchbook, a glue stick, some scissors and a magazine. (My dad found this one in an airplane and thought I'd like it, so he tucked it in his suitcase to give me. Thanks, Dad.)
Simple simple simple house shapes. A few different sizes cut from interesting patterns on the magazine page.
Here's my very simple first design. Nothing special, but I still like it. Sometimes spare designs are perfect in their simplicity. (This certainly isn't perfect, but I'm just playing.)
Next I picked this page to cut up. I liked the variety of colors and textures in the photo. Isn't Rhianna gorgeous?
As you can see, I've stretched the house shape -- some tall, some short and wide. I tried to cut into various areas of the photo so I would have some contrast in color. That allows me to stack the shapes on top of each other, but they don't blend into each other.
Here's a close up where you can see Rhianna face in the upper left and hand in the bottom right.
Lastly I wanted to explore cutting negative house shapes out of other house shapes. I especially love this technique because you can use both the shape with the negative cut out AND the positive house shape.
Isn't it amazing that you get more of a sense of depth with this composition -- even though it's somewhat abstract?
I'll admit that I'm not as free and flexible as I could be. Did you notice that all my houses are sitting flat and straight? Mixing up the alignment of the shapes would make these collages look totally different. Honestly, I didn't even consider that until writing this post and looking through the images. I'll try that next time...