Six weeks ago I published my first novel as an e-book on Smashwords and Amazon. Now I am faced with the task of marketing it. When I considered the cover of my book, which not only represents my work but inspires others to read it, I decided to try collage. This project was the beginning of my collage adventure.
I began with a watercolor background which suggested the ocean, making two of these so that I could decide which one worked best. Then I cut out the silhouette of a ukulele, which figures prominently in my story, from a brown paper bag (one of my favorite art materials). This was attached to the background with clear acrylic medium. Flowers cut out of handmade papers and other printmaking leftovers create a Hawaiian lei. What says ukulele more decidedly than a Hawaiian lei?
In Photoshop, I added the title and my name. Here is the finished product! Click on the image below to learn more about my novel, and read a free sample.