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Be the change - 7 Dots Studio
The idea to the page was formed with the first step – when I was sewing the tags to the background I noticed a piece of muslin in my sewing table and thought to add to the layout as well. The page also represents my goal for this year – to add more fabric to my projects or work more with fabrics.

I used a neutral palette of Dreamscapes together with some Paint Chips accents. But without further ado, here’s how I made the layout.

Posted by Riikka Kovasin from Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland • Published See Riikka Kovasin's 6 projects »
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  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Be The Change Layout - Step 1
    Step 1

    Choose some tags for the background and adhere them lightly to the background with a piece of double sided tape. The purpose of the tape is to keep the tags in place while you sew. Use a sewing machine and sew the tags in place. Leave the threads to additional texture.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Be The Change Layout - Step 2
    Step 2

    Bring in the watercolor! Using tea tones, add some watercolor to the background. Paint, splash and make rings for a varied, interesting look.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Be The Change Layout - Step 3
    Step 3

    Finish the background with some pencil doodles and stamping. Use the stamp with an acrylic block to get only parts of the stamp design here and there.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Be The Change Layout - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add the photo in. Layer some torn pieces of muslin, a tag and then the photo. Staple the layers together or even sew together. Adhere the cluster to the background. Add a piece of cardboard to the back of the photo and then photo on top of the cluster. The cardboard acts as “foam dots”, to get the photo raised.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Be The Change Layout - Step 5
    Step 5

    Start to embellish the page. Start with the biggest elements and work towards smaller ones. Cut a chipboard shape in half and use the pieces on either side of the photo. Add also a flair button and some stickers.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Be The Change Layout - Step 6
    Step 6

    Finish the embellishing with some scattered items like stickers and old buttons. The stickers repeat the color scheme and the buttons heighten the fabric / sewn atmosphere of the page. Add also a word sticker to the photo that works as a title.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Be The Change Layout - Step 7
    Step 7

    Finish the page with some hand written journaling. This gives the page a handmade, personal touch.

  • How to make a piece of assemblage art. Be The Change Layout - Step 8
    Step 8

    There you have it - just seven steps to make the layout! Almost as easy as 1-2-3!

    The topic of the page is the current state of things in the world. The journaling talks about being the change you want to see. It's really reassuring to see that the young people seem to outwit the older ones, they are being the change they want to see.

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