Nature Collage Card – Inspired by the Art of Haiti

You can learn a lot about a culture from its art work!  On my recent trip to Haiti, I learned that the Haitian people are both resilient and resourceful.  Their resourcefulness is easily seen in their artwork, especially these collaged note cards that they make and sell, using local organic materials to create simple scenes of everyday life.

  • leaves, pressed in a book until flat and dry
  • scissors
  • YES! Paste
  • stiff brush or popsicle stick for applying paste
  • 5” x 8” index card, unlined
  • black ball point pen
  • 7” x 7” copy paper (for envelope)
  1. At least a week before you do this project, gather some leaves and press them in a phone book or under a stack of heavy books.
  2. When your leaves are flat and dry, cut them with scissors (like you would paper) into whatever shapes you need to create a scene from everyday life or from your imagination.
  3. Use YES! Paste to glue these shapes onto a folded 5” x 8” card. (YES! Paste will hold much better over time than a glue stick will, especially when gluing anything that is thicker than paper and not perfectly flat.)
  4. Add details with a black ballpoint pen.
Three authentic Haitian collage cards – and my sample, made with leaves from my back yard

In my next post, I’ll show you an easy way to make hand-made envelopes to fit this, or any size card!

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5 Responses to Nature Collage Card – Inspired by the Art of Haiti

  1. Barbara's Thought of the Day August 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I adore these cards. I sent them home as Christmas Cards the year I lived in Haiti and haven't thought about them for a long time. Thanks for the happy memory of better times and all your good work.

  2. Miss August 10, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    These are gorgeous. I think I've seen these cards for sale at Ten Thousand Villages. Would regular white glue work as well, or is there something about Yes! paste that just works better?

  3. TeachKidsArt August 10, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    “YES Paste” is my glue of choice for any kind of collage project (go to my tag cloud and click on “YES Paste” to read more about it). White glue might be okay, but because there's so much liquid in it, it will tend to buckle the paper. You would also need to lay something heavy on top of your card while it dries to hold the pieces in place. Also, the white glue won't be flexible, so pieces may pop off later on if the card isn't always kept perfectly flat. Get some YES Paste if you can… you will love it!!

  4. Miss August 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Thanks! I will defintiely get some- very excited as I've never used it before. (wow- only an artist would be excited about trying out a new brand of glue!) I love finding recommendations for new products that work well.

  5. Nathaly February 27, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Cute j'aime bien :)