December Creative Play Day 16: Deva Collage by Candace Jedrowicz

December Creative Play day 16 Deva by Candace Jedrowicz - Hero Shot
The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

This was a ridiculously fun project!  And it was surprisingly easy!  This piece is a coffee deva, but the possibilities are endless!
I started by having my kid take photos of me with my torso in the same position and my arms in several poses.  The place is important unless you’re going to cut out all of the pieces and place it on a different background.  I’m sitting on a table in my studio.
It’s easiest to use the photo with the front arm position to be on top.  The v-neck of the shirt was a logical place to cut, but I’m sure any neck line would work.  The middle piece should be trimmed so that only the arms will show.
I used Pop Dots, whole, partial and strips of the Pop Dot page.  Nothing is wasted. Take note that I have a double layer of Pop Dots on the knees of the top layer, because there are no knees in the middle piece, and I didn’t put any on the shoulder areas, because I want to glue the shoulders down to the background.  That helps the illusion of depth.

Test your positions before removing the backs of the Pop Dots.

It’s so cool looking!  And I could make it into anything at this point!  I’m picturing all kinds of things I could put in the six hands.
I decided decided this deva should be sitting on a flower, so I cut a bunch of petals and glued them in place.  I added glitter and jewels around my legs.
I tried several things in my hands.  This would be a doughnut deva!
You know I had to make a coffee deva!  I made tiny, flat coffee cups from polymer clay and glued them in place with Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue.  I love her!  What would your deva look like!


  1. Hi Candace! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this collage! I would like to make one with me and my sister sitting together in our FabLab (Custom Workroom where we make window treatments and more). When finished I think I’d like us to be sitting on the oldest sewing machine we have – A Pfaff 130, which all seven of us learned to sew on. It’s named after our mother, Helen. I’d like one of our walls behind us, the one with all the threads and ribbons and colorful supplies on. In our hands I think we should be holding tape measures, scissors, maybe our staple gun, a fanciful pin cushion, fabric, trims, fun stuff like that. I’m just really not sure though how to go about sitting us on the sewing machine in the final collage. Any suggestions. This would be such a fun picture to hang on our door, as our guests enter our fablab, in the basement of my home. Thanks! Debra

    • cjedrowicz says:

      Hi Debra! I think your ideas sounds fabulous! If you have a good photo editing program, you can start with the the size of the sewing machine. Make it 7″ wide so it will have a bit of space on both sides when you put it in an 8″ x 10″ frame in portrait orientation. That gives you plenty of room. Print it out and measure to see how large your photos need to be to fit on the machine the way you want. You might be able to find sewing themed things in the scrapbooking or button sections of a craft store. How exciting!
      I’d love to see it when you’re done!

    • cjedrowicz says:

      Sorry, my email address is
      Have fun!

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