Sunday, September 14, 2014

Three Red Flowers

I've been so busy that me head is ready to explode. And it's about 100 degrees outside and that doesn't help matters. But I do have a collage for week 37. Three Red Flowers is done on canvas and combines acrylic paint, handmade Japanese papers, vintage music and pen and ink.

collage week 37

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Collage Cube 2

Way back in April, I signed on to do an art exchange. This blue cube for week 36 is the piece that I gave. I started with a coat of white acrylic and layered on patterned paper saved from the inside of business envelopes. On top went a rubber stamp and paint in blue. More patterned envelope paper,  handmade decorative papers and bits and pieces from old envelopes completed the cube.

Collage week 36

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Collage Cube

This week, I did something a little different. A collage in-the-round. I got a wood cube from my local craft store and collaged each side. The theme became vintage type and butterflies and while each side could be it's own collage, they all work together when seen at an angle. I used a variety of vintage type, acrylic paint, rubber stamps, vintage wall paper, music and butterflies. The cube measures 3.5"  and is made from a really light wood (probably Balsa wood). This was so much fun to do (albeit time consuming)  that I will create more of them.

Collage week 35

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tickety Boo

This week's collage uses all sorts of tickets- bus tickets, a theater ticket, a ticket to the flea market, a Chinese ticket, even a vintage ticket for 10 pounds of ice.

Collage week 34

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Type as Pattern

I like using type as pattern in my collages. It doesn't matter to me if the type is in a language I can read because what becomes more important than the words, is the pattern the letters make. My collage for week 33 uses a piece from a 19th century French ledger, a Chinese seal, a Russian stamp, a vintage letter and clothing ad, and a bit of music.

Collage week 33

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


My house has been invaded by insurgents. They come at all hours of the day and night, on tiny feet, silently invading every room. They have been spotted in the toaster, in the coffee maker, in the recycling, in the dishwasher. They come from behind cupboards and out of the electrical outlets. I wipe out whole battalions with a squirt of Lysol but they regroup. Spiders sit vigil in the corners, stuffing themselves, a pile of bodies at their feet. But even the spiders can't keep up. The insurgents are willing to sacrifice a few as they continue on their quest for crumbs, water and cool. They have favorite spots - my laundry basket, the freezer, and even inside the microwave. When I turn the power on, they just laugh at me and scurry around doing a little victory dance. I am exhausted.

Artwork I did long ago for a picnic invitation

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Feeling Blue

My collage for week 32 incorporates a few blue scraps and a rubber stamp. A piece of German money from 1917, Japanese hand made paper and a 1922 German postage stamp make up the elements.

Collage week 32

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