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

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Collage Week 31

My collage for week 31 is done on a cover from a 1970's Reader's Digest Condensed Book. (I have a bunch for these books that were falling apart - a great find at my local Good Will) The pattern on the cover made a nice back ground and I layered it with a striped vintage wallpaper, some hand made papers and a 1937 postage stamp from Newfoundland.

Collage week 31

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Prada Pink

While at the mall, I found a discarded Prada Candy perfume tester card. (You know, those little pieces of card that you spray perfume on so you don't have a million scents on your wrist.) This pink, gold and white patterned confection became the basis for my week 30 collage. I combined it with pink and gold handmade papers, rubber stamps and vintage type.

Collage week 30

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 to 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

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