Make: Step-by-Step “Over the Rainbow” Collage #cbias #shop

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Welcome to another Make, Do and Push! step-by-step tutorial. Today I thought I’d share my latest project with you: my Over the Rainbow collage. 

I love me a good collage. They’re such a great way to be creative, recycle and de-stress (it’s the cutting and sticking – very cathartic!), and they’re also a fab crafty project to do with kids. 

“Somewhere over the rainbow” is Busby s favourite song and has been since she was teeny; it’s the only song that stops her crying (I have to sing it though – it doesn’t work if Nick sings it). I wanted to create something colourful that she would love to look at in her nursery, and who doesn’t love a rainbow? I changed to lyrics to “seagulls” instead of “blue birds” as it was more appropriate for us by the sea.  

I’ve been drawn to Pinterest more and more recently; it’s such an amazing hub of creativity and pinspiration – and I’ve found myself creating all sorts of boards (especially wedding ones)! I’ve become something of a Pinaddict, and after an incredibly useful session at BritMums Live over the weekend I’m looking forward to getting even more stuck into it, as have come away with some exciting ideas. 

You can see my Pinspiration board for this project here, and I’ve also created a Google+ album of my shopping trip to WHSmith to buy supplies. I hadn’t ever really considered buying craft supplies in WHSmith before, but have recently noticed that their craft section seems to have grown somewhat, I thought I’d give it a go and see what they had to offer. 

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Materials and Equipment

The beauty of a collage is that you can use anything to make it unique – below is a list of what I used, but this is in no way a definitive list – be creative! 
Paper, card or canvas. You need a base for your collage. I chose paper as had a 50cm x 50cm frame from IKEA waiting to be used. 
Paint. Rainbow colours (Richard Of York etc) and colours for the background and sea (or rolling hills if you fancy).
Old magazines. For the letters, and you can also use colour patches from magazines for the sky/sea/rainbow. 
Tissue paper and crafting paper. 
Luggage tag. 
PVA Glue. 
Paint brushes. 
Time. This took me an afternoon and evening to complete.

Step One. 

Sketch out a rough design of what you want to end product to look like. You can go into more detail than this – I just like to see where the picture takes me. 

Step Two. 
Cut your paper/card to size to fit your frame. 

Step Three. 
Start painting your background. I used tester pots for the different shades of blue. 

Step Four. 
Once you’ve painted your background, leave it to dry. This is a good opportunity to get started on preparing the materials for your collage. 

Step Five. 
Once dry sketch out your rainbow. Don’t worry if you make a mistake as this can always been painted or collaged over later.

Step Six.
Start collaging! There are no rules to collaging – just go for it and see what it looks like. 

Step Seven.
Whilst the glue is drying, cut out your sea (or hills) and paint. I used paper pinking shears to get the effect you can see on the paper. 

Leave to dry. 

Once dry I used watercolour pencils to make the sea look more “watery”.

Step Eight. 
I can see a rainbow. Start painting your rainbow! Make sure you leave time for the colours to dry in between. 

Step Nine. 
Make your boat and little girl/boy. I used craft paper and recycled a luggage tag (there’s writing on the back) for the boat. I wanted to personalise this for Busby, so used my rubber stamps for the sail. 

Step Ten. 
Cut out your letters. 

Step Eleven. 
Once the whole thing is dry, place the sea, letters and boat onto the collage to see where you want them to go. Play around with letter sizes, colours and spaces. Once happy, glue. 

Step Twelve. 
Add your seagulls! I used white acrylic to paint them on, and used a smaller paintbrush to add the black, to make a marbled effect. 

Et voila! You have a fabulous collage fit for any nursery! Don’t forget: make sure everything is dry before you put it in the frame! 

What do you think? Here’s a close up of the top and bottom of the collage. 

I’d love to know how you get on if you give it a go! 

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  1. 24th June 2013 / 1:04 pm

    That is amazing such a lovely thing to make

    • 24th June 2013 / 1:33 pm

      Thanks Nikki 🙂 xx

  2. 24th June 2013 / 3:33 pm

    Aw, that’s really nice! I wish I had the time for that sort of thing these days. My kids would love to give it a go, I’m sure!

    • 24th June 2013 / 4:35 pm

      Finding the time is definitely tricky! You should definitely give it – or just collaging – a go. It’s fun! xx

  3. 24th June 2013 / 5:54 pm

    It’s gorgeous, I bet it looks fabulous on her wall!

    • 24th June 2013 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks Carie 🙂 xx

  4. 24th June 2013 / 8:09 pm

    Absolutely fab. Really impressed wit your crafting skills no gorgeous keep sake for Bea xxx

    • 24th June 2013 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks love! xx

  5. 27th June 2013 / 12:06 pm

    Wow, that’s an amazing little piece of art. Have you thought of opening an Etsy store? I bet these would sell amazingly well x

    • 27th June 2013 / 8:45 pm

      Thanks Carolin 🙂 Wow! Um, I’ve considered it in the past before I had B, but right now time isn’t exactly of the essence 😉 Thank you for your lovely comment! xx

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