...but then you end up with a lot of little pieces that look like a bunch of little pieces. Now this may just be the consequence of my obsessive nature; I am nothing if not detail oriented -- ask my quilting buddies! I am famous for saving impossibly tiny snippets that everyone else throws away (I do use them!)
The difference, I think, is in the scale of the piece.
|a jumble of little bits and pieces|
... and forget about it at 5"x5"! In these pieces, I realized that the ones that worked better used fewer, and larger, elements. To my eye, the one on the lower right seems most harmonious:
To solve my problem of scale, I cut the 8.5"x11" collage I showed at the top of this post into 2.5"x3.5" ATC's, and immediately noticed a difference. While not "finished" in any way, they started to look more interesting.
So am I right in thinking that elements of a successful collage -- even those using a grid format -- need to include a difference in scale within the piece? And, more to the point, how do I achieve this the first time around, without resorting to cutting up my original?