Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.
Les Brown

Thrifted finds

A good flea market find always makes me happy. If it’s a paper find, like a roll of vintage wall paper with a pretty pattern, or a pile of old letters, I’m even happier. That’s because paper finds are so incredible rare here in Sweden. You can find lots of second hand embroidered table cloths and porcelain, but almost never do I see the kind of papers I love to use in my collages. I’m not sure why that is, but old papers just rarely end up being for sale here. So imagine my happiness when I found the pile above…

It’s a huge pile of vintage papers for target practice – and they’re square (my favorite format for collages). I’m not really gonna start shooting on them, even though I gave a bunch to my brother for him and his friends to shot-gun play. Instead I thought about using them as substrates for collage as soon as I saw them, or even painting on and leaving some of the black print to peek through…

Let's shoot 'em

I haven’t tried working on one yet, but I think it will be lots of fun to experiment with this pile of papers. I’ll let you know as soon as I do.

What do you think? What would you use them for?