Serendipity Technique

The Serendipity Technique is easily mastered and is lots of fun. The only problem I have is deciding how small a piece is too small to throw out, because this techniques will use all of your small and left over pieces. How your initial collage goes together is not an important part of this technique; it is the cutting and then rearranging of each square that adds the charm to each piece.

1. Collect together a background sheet (this one is pre-painted in red, left over from doing the credit card technique) and similar colour scraps.

Mixed media art scraps

2. Tear them into interesting shapes and glue onto the background. I used a glue stick.

3. Stamp shapes onto the collage background

4. Cut collage into strips. To make this simple, use the ruler width or lines on the cutting mat to cut them, rather than measuring the strips too accurately. Take care if using a paper cutter if your collage is thick in places, as it may damage your cutter.

5. Cut strips into squares, again using the ruler width or lines onto cutting mat to cut them at the same spacing. You will have lots of colourful squares.

6. Now you can turn all of these squares into cards or add them onto other forms of mixed media art. Some of these were edged with black ink or layered onto darker card to highlight the squares.

Like any of these techniques, have a play round with them – cut bigger squares or smaller squares, use your kids artwork or turn a background you don’t like into an entirely new piece of art.

Happy creating!




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  1. Jill Adams says:

    I just LOVE This site! I’m a scrapbooker and am use to doing very traditional “coloring in the lines” style projects. While I haven’t done any of your projects yet, I have been gathering supplies…and courage. Your creativity feeds my soul! Thank you 🙂

  2. MMA_Team says:

    Thank you Jill – your comment makes me smile! Now that you have the supplies and courage – get creating!

  3. Suki C says:

    can’t wait to give this a go – this site is getting my dormant creative juices up & running again 🙂

  4. Deb Cragan says:

    Wow! What a great idea. They look just like “inchies” and I have quite a few ideas to do with them. And I just learnt how to use the homepage. DER

  5. Marion BC says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks, great website and thanks for sharing all these wonderful techniques and ideas!
    I am beginning to feel, however, that there are forces out there that want to make sure I never throw anything away (give away or purge) again, no matter how small the paper, fabric etc…Just find a way to make it work! lol

  6. this is really cool. I am going to be doing this tonight!!!

  7. Trudy says:

    Awwwww…..another wonderful project. Not only do I save $$$$ on making my own cards, I also design fabric pieces. And I do so love the stained glass effect, no matter the medium. I shall do this for some table runners, etc. Thanks for the visual ideas…love them/


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