Sunday, May 8, 2022

Collage Time

 I did this collage ages ago and forgot to photograph it. I used some old scrapbook papers, a bingo game and a stamp from Germany

Friday, April 22, 2022

Road Trip

I went up to SanFrancisco to visit family for a long weekend and one day, we did a self-guided walking tour in the inner Sunset district. The Golden Gate Heights area is hilly and from the top at Grandview Park, you get a 360 view of the city from the Pacific Ocean to downtown and the Golden Gate Bridge. One of the best parts of the walk are the Hidden Garden steps which go up16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton. The steps, which total 148, are covered in mosaics depicting all sorts of plants and insects. The colors are amazing as is the detail. Since this was a community project, many of the tiles have the names and inscriptions of donors to the project. The steps were completed in 2013 and were designed by by tile artists Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr. Nearby is another one of their creations, the Moraga steps which are located on 16th Avenue between Moraga and Noriega Street. Both are a sight to see. If you want to get off the beaten path in San Francisco, this area is a great place to go - just make sure to have good walking shoes!

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Japan Blue

 This collage was done on a vintage Japanese book cover that I mounted on a wood board. The board has layers of paper from a vintage Japanese book. I also used patterned Japanese papers, an old label and a Japanese envelope with a vintage stamp.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Makeready Collage

I did this collage using letterpress makeready. Makeready is what happens when you get ready to print something new. I use scrap paper to get my colors and position correct on press. You can get all sorts of interesting patterns and overlays on the scraps. Sometimes it's one big mess, and sometimes the results are save-worthy. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Kimono Designs

Instead of a collage, here are some vintage kimono designs for inspiration. I'm not actually sure if they are for kimonos, or obis but they are very beautifully done in gouache (opaque watercolor). 

I purchased a stack of original art from the 1920's - 1930's. They came from Japan all folded up so I had to carefully scan each piece and retouch out the folds. These show the whole piece of art. Each one is embellished with gold

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Blue Star

I was going through my stash of playing cards and found this one with the blue star. It goes perfectly with vintage stamps and an international envelope fragment.

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