One of the hobbies I have when I’m in between writing projects is to make collage art. My favourite type of collages are Mandalas because they offer balancing visual elements that symbolize unity and harmony in the universe. I start by sketching out the concentric circles on a canvas. Then I cut pieces from old magazines, greeting cards, gift wrapping, and designer napkins. I arrange them and glue them into patterns. Then I add three dimensional pieces like pins and stickers to add dimension and sparkle. They’re not exactly something a person would hang in their living room, but I find them relaxing to make.
Here are three different examples of my secret obsession with collage art:
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You never escape the world you’re born into.
Eighteen-year-old Tienne Desrochers grew up in the rough world of the Noir et Bleu. Bikers. Outlaws. But after her dad’s murder, Tienne decides she’s had enough. She refuses to end up like her junkie mom. So she grabs her younger brother and leaves it all behind…including her boyfriend, Aiden Gyllenhall.
More comfortable in the middle of a bar fight than at a country club, living with her wealthy aunt and uncle is an adjustment, to say the least. No swearing. Designer shoes that pinch. And pretty, preppy boys like Leland Crofton instead of super-sexy, tattooed Aiden. But even the upper class can’t escape the rancid touch of underworld violence. And this time, Tienne won’t just learn who she really is—she’ll learn how to fight for what’s hers.
D.R. Graham is the author of Young Adult and New Adult novels. She worked as a social worker with at-risk youth for seven years before becoming a therapist in private practice. The clients she works with are children and teenagers and she writes novels that deal with issues relevant to young and new adults in love, transition, or crisis. She is also an award winning columnist for the Richmond News. She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband.
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