One of the great things about my Facebook group Vintage Gluebooks and Pages, is that I get to learn new things from people who share their ideas and their art. One thing that I hadn’t heard of or seen before now is something called a masterboard.
What’s a masterboard and what is it used for?
A masterboard is a single collage done on a large surface that is then can cut down into pieces for whatever type of project you would like it for. For example, I like to collage on a large 12″ x 12″ paper, and then cut it down to 6 postcards of 4″ x 6″. Some people cut down ATCs, cut out shapes or numbers/letters, etc., and then use the pieces in other projects.
My first attempt at a masterboard worked out pretty well. I cut out the six pieces once I was done.
I loved that I could work with a color theme and keep adding until I liked how it turned out. I wrote a blog post on how it all came together.
I tried it a second time with some holiday-themed colors, and also was pleased with how it turned out.
I even made a YouTube video of the entire process in case anyone might be interested.
This third time, even though I’ve created this masterboard to be cut down, I just can’t bring myself to cut it! Silly, I know, and I don’t even know what I’m going to do with it. What is it good for if I don’t cut it down? Maybe I should just pin it to the wall.
I created a frame, however, to look at the individual sections as potential postcards. This way I can see what they would look like if I chose to cut them out.
Who knows. Maybe I’ll feel differently about it in six months and will want to cut it down then. That would work too!