Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jugglin' Bear & Rockin' Croc

I had promised my sister-in-law that I would make some art for my nephew's room. I had previously given a picture my niece so I had to make good on the promise. I'm not so great at doing boy stuff though. Luckily, my nephew is only 3 and not too critical. I HAD to have the pictures done by the time I drove to Oregon for the 4th of July. I had put it off for a year and the pressure was on.

I did a dancing, juggling bear. I used mostly acrylic paint, along with some hand stamped papers and scrap booking papers I had designed a long time ago. The canvas size was 18" x 24" - bigger than the collages I usually do. I thought it came out quite well.
Jugglin' Bear
Then I got to thinking. The bear might be a little too babyish and would certainly be outgrown in a few years. Three days before I left for Oregon I decided to do a second picture. This time, a rockin' crocodile. Since I was short on time, this one was done almost entirely in acrylic paint, except for the starbursts which were done with an eraser stamp. This too was done on an 18" x 24" canvas. I finished it the evening of July 3.

My nephew seemed to like both of them. Good taste that little boy has!
Rockin' Croc

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I almost forgot to post my latest collage! The collage for this week started with a vintage postcard. I added a red rubber stamped wreath (my own design) and layered on Japanese washi papers, a scan of an old book cover, and a vintage bird illustration.

Collage week 29

Monday, July 14, 2014

Collage Update

Since last weekend was a road trip, I didn't get to post my weekly collage, and yesterday I was just lazy. So here are weeks 27 and 28.

The collage for week 27 has a rubber stamp of a fern, a large vintage butterfly, vintage wallpaper, Japanese washi paper and some gold accents.

Collage week 27
The collage for week 28 also has gold accents (Japanese papers and rubber stamps) but I also used vintage music and bits of vintage type. The black and white corners are from an old bookplate.

Collage week 28

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nature Walk

My family in Oregon lives near a bike path and along the path are lots of wildflowers. Everything from thistle to Queen Anne's Lace ( and a lot I don't know the name of). I took a walk and these photos.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 4th

For the July 4th holiday weekend, I took a road trip and drove to Oregon to visit family. They live in a small town with a BIG Fourth of July parade. Lots to see. Here are some of the characters that come out on Independence Day.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Aaargh! Late again. I had the collage done, but no time to scan it. I know, excuses, excuses. My collage for week 26 (half the year has gone by already!) uses vintage ledger paper with vintage wall paper, a Russian rubber stamp, a vintage ad from John Wanamaker & Co , and a piece of an envelope with 3 stamps from India.

For those of you who may not know, Wanamaker's was a Philadelphia based department store (the first) founded in 1869 by John Wanamaker. He later had stores in New York, London and Paris. Wanamaker was also a US Postmaster General under President Benjamin Harrison. The department store no longer exists but is now part of the Macy's chain. You can read more about John Wanamaker here.

Collage week 26

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Numbers Game

Numbers are the inspiration for week 25 collage. I started with a background of vintage ledger paper and a lotto ticket (sadly, not a winner). On top is collaged the numbers from one to ten. Some are from type specimen books from House Industries, two are stamps and one is a vintage ticket.

Collage week 25

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