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 :)

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