Not So Pretty in Pink

Hi Friends,

I’m starting on a new series of collages — larger pieces than I’ve done with collage in the past. For the first piece I decided to work with pinks, because I’ve been using a pretty rose quartz stone in meditation to rebalance my chakras and meridians. I thought a pink collage would be a nice compliment to the healing energy of the stone.

The collage started off with various shades of pink — dusty rose, hot pink, mauve, blush — and a few lavenders and yellows thrown in for good measure. But it wasn’t coming together as I had hoped. It looked blah.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw some red pieces I had cut for another piece, and decided to try them out on the pink collage. I didn’t expect it to work, but suddenly all of the colors popped, and it looked great.

I added a bit of green to complement the red and a few black pieces for contrast, and voila! It was done. Here’s how the finished piece looks. Click on the image to see it larger in a browser and for purchase information.

Cassandra Tondro, "Hijacked by Red," collage art

“Hijinks in Red,” 20 x 20 inches, collage on wood panel

Once again I’m reminded that many times, where I think I’m headed is not where I end up. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to come up with an initial strategy when things rarely go according to the plan. The important part is to just start somewhere, anywhere, and then be open to changes along the way.

It’s the same with life, right? We want to plan it all out, but it doesn’t work that way. We have to stay flexible and make adjustments as things come up. Sometimes it’s little adjustments to the day, and other times it’s very big adjustments, like accomodating a pandemic.

How are you doing with flexibility these days? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. This collage is great! What kind of glue do you use? I always have trouble laying it flat. Thanks!! Congratulations again! Powerful presentation and wonderful work! It looks so great above that desktop!

    1. Thanks, Cinthia! I use Golden Soft Gel – gloss finish — for my glue. It’s the best for not wrinkling or tearing the paper. Then I use a rubber brayer to flatten the paper against the wood panel. Once everything is flattened and the glue is dry, I finish it with two layers of Golden Polymer Varnish — satin finish. That gives it a nice even look, and protects the paper as well. I prefer the satin finish to matte or gloss. Matte is too dull, and gloss is too shiny. Satin is just right!

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