Wednesday, October 10, 2018

When life gives you unexpected free time


I purchased some nice old book covers from Red Cottage on Etsy. The base of this collage is a leather cover and part of the spine. The stains on the cover were so beautiful that I didn't want to cover too much. I added some vintage papers, rubber stamp pattern, and postage stamps.

Collage on an antique leather book cover

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Time flies by

I can't believe how fast the time goes. I never seem to have enough time to get everything done. I did get a few new collages completed however.

A few months ago, I purchased a massive collection of vintage postage stamps. The books had been left out in the rain so everything was damp. It took me weeks to go through all of the books, peel the stamps off the sheets and flatten everything. The butterfly stamps in the following collages are from that collection. The first three use stamps from Hungary and the last one has a stamp from Bulgaria.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

New Collage

I haven't done a collage in a few months but I pulled out my scraps last weekend. This was done on a 4" x 4" birch board using vintage documents, hand made paper and some rubber stamps. The black and white hand made paper is from India and the round rubber stamp is Russian.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Inspiration Thursday

I am inspired by beautiful packaging. I have been know to buy something just for the packaging. Here are some favorites.

Too pretty to use!
from Australian company Myrtle & Moss
Portland based Olio E Osso found at Anthropology
Old Tom Gin
from Swedish company Hernö
A favorite perfume from Skeem
An elixir from Reorient Naturals - such a beautiful bottle!
I purchased this even though I didn't need it.
Make up from Rouge Bunny 
Tea packaging
from Japanese company Teapond
Olive Oil
from Greek company Rhizoma
Hand crafted soap from Spinster Sisters

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Inspiration Thursday

I am inspired by Japanese artist Makoto Kagoshima.

Last summer, I went to an exhibit of his work at Chariots on Fire- a gallery located in Venice, California. I missed the opening on a Thursday evening and arrived early Saturday morning ready to see Kagoshima's beautiful ceramics (and possibly make a purchase). Sadly, I was told that there was a line around the block Thursday morning and everything had been snapped up within an hour. I was soooo disappointed! So I follow him on instagram and dream. (All of the following images are from instagram)

Chariots on Fire has published a beautiful book of Kagoshima's work - 137 pages of photos. You can order your own copy here.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Inspiration Thursday

Since my blog is called "Art & Inspiration", I thought I would start Inspiration Thursday to share some of the things that inspire me. This week is vintage mail. I love old letters and postcards with interesting postage and beautiful handwriting. Most of them I can't even read but but so nice to look at!

I've purchase my old mail on Etsy, Ebay, at the flea market and vintage shops. Affordable, they don't take up much room and each one is unique. 

Postcard from Vienna, Austria dated 1912
Postcard from Hungary dated 1889
Letter postmarked in Cyrillic (Russia or Bulgaria?) dated 1880
Postcard from Czechoslovakia to Finland dated 1921
French or Italian letter dated 1822
Postcard from Hungary dated 1888
Postcard from Japan to Italy dated 1903 sadly missing the stamp
French letter dated 1867
French letter dated 1836

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