Thursday, March 11, 2010

"bricolage" inchies

On monday I posted an inchie and Bleubeard and Elizabeth commented:

These insanely tiny pieces are beginning to call my name. Now if I could just figure out a way to make them bigger (grin). 

Well, I went over to her blog to see what she's been up to lately and I saw this post and I commented:

what a fabulous word (bricolage)! You could use this technique and then cut out a few one inch squares of the most interesting bits - and voila - you would have some amazing inchies (hint hint)

so I gave it a try.
As she said, Bricolage is:

Bricolage: (from Merriam-Webster)
Pronunciation: \ˌbrē-kō-ˈläzh, ˌbri-\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from bricoler to putter about
Date: 1964
: construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand; also : something constructed in this way
this is my full sheet of "bricolage."

then I cut it into 1" strips using a ruler and an x-acto knife

then I cut the strips into 1" squares, using a template and scissors

now just a few finishing touches with fibers, beads, sanding, etc.
and attaching it to a wonderfully thick, ivory colored inchie square
(another shameless plug for Inchie Arts and their fabulous art board bases)
and I'll have well over 100 inchies
why 100?
I'm in a 99 inchie swap
and no, I'm not crazy :)


S. Etole said...

these are just fascinating ...

Terri Kahrs said...

You are crazy like a fox, Kimmie! Hugs, Terri xoxo

ale said...

adore adore adore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!all that inchies are unique and l think in the moment you cut them is like MAGIC!!!beautifull bricolage!!again thanks for sharing with us all this tecqniques!!!You are a beautifull inspiration kimmie!!!!muchos besos!!!!!!!!!!!

Odd Chick said...

You are crazy wonderful and the whole world would have much more fun if they shook their crazies out!

Carola Zajdman said...

Great idea !!! love it !!

Renee Howell said...

Dear Inchie See-er: In the fabric world (where I used to work/play) you would have a quilt!

Love the pictures of inchies. 99 inchie swap. cool. can't wait to see ALL the results.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Kimmie, you are right. These WILL make great inchies. I can't believe you get such great art out of that one piece of scraps. Beautiful art and a reduction in your scrap pile, to boot.

Thanks for your sweet comment mentioning my blog.

Caterina Giglio said...

these are really fun!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

wonderful approach and brilliant results!!!
it's such fun to use up scraps in the waste not want not mode
that's a whole lotta lovely inchies!

Anonymous said...

Now---how awesome is this? Great idea, and thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Now---how awesome is this? Great idea, and thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Kimmie..this is a fantastic idea. I love are just so clever. I think I will give it a try..thanks.
Mrs Noofy

Linda Vincent said...

Brilliant your explanation and photographs are excellent!

ooglebloops said...

I followed the link from Kimmie's post on the 99 inchies to you. this technique makes it seem alot more "doable"!!!And very tempting to try- great way to use up all the extra flotsam/jetsam in the studio!!

ooglebloops said...

Duh, I thought I was looking at Elizabeth's inchies when I left the comment- and they are yours!!! A bit too early in the morning for my brain to be fully functional!!! I might give this a try this afternoon, if the rain keeps up!!

Catharina Maria said...

This is great for these little inchies !
Love ♥RINI♥