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Collage obsession: gardening

Many years, when I first starting making ATC’s I did a series based on the titles of operas. The Queen of Spades was number 5 in the series. However, I re-named it Queens of spade and I hope it fits into the subject of gardening


Visit Collage Obsession to see how other people interpreted ‘gardening’

Collage obsession: a travel journal page

Collage obsession hosts a weekly challenge for collages – mixed media, digital, whatever. This week it was up to us to create a page in a travel journal, real or imaginary.


All the images used in this collage are photos I took in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, earlier this year.

Hop over to Collage Obsession to see some other travel journal pages

Summer school 2011

At the end of July DH and I attended a theatre summer school, organised by Luxembourg’s NWTC, in the village of Clairefontaine on the border of Belgium and Luxembourg. I chose to sing my way through the week and he chose to do comedy in various forms. The week was hectic as we worked from 9 in the morning until gone 9 at night with tea, coffee, lunch and dinner breaks.

Now that I have access to my art supplies I have just finished creating some pieces inspired by the course.

The first is a mixed media painting of pomegranates to accompany a poem we heard entitled “how to cut a pomegranate” by Imtiaz Dharker from her collection of poems “A terrorist at my table”. I love pomegranates and the poem just cried out to be illustrated.


this is the painting on its own


with the text added

In one of the other classes we were each handed a haiku to work on and I created a digital picture for this.


Summer school is a wonderful experience where you are bombarded with new sounds, words, ideas and are surrounded by old friends and new. Silence and retreat from the outside world is just about impossible. In our singing groups we were learning complicated stuff – Bohemian rhapsody – for example, as well as taking a look at some new ways of creating “music” from non-traditional scores. At the end of each day I found it difficult to shut off as there were so many things flinging themselves around in my skull. I tried to explain what was going on by referencing the Hadron collider/accelerator (a high speed particle accelerator). When I told DH what this collage was all about, he just said “oh dear”. I am left wondering quite what he meant by that …….


one magazine 7 collages

This month (August) the Yahoo Cloth Paper Studio group offered the challenge – using only magazine create one collage a day for seven days. This time you could include photos of your backgrounds as well, so there was a before and after element to the challenge. I don’t usually make backgrounds for these collages as I tend to try and cover every square inch of the paper with images from the magazine. However, this time I did make 2 backgrounds but I haven’t included pictures of them here as I think you can get a pretty good idea of what they look like from the finished pictures.
zentangle made from black and white images

love mosaic

time flies

greens (no message here, I just liked the way the colours went together)

changing the face of beauty. There is, of course, the visual pun here for I have indeed changed the face. Serendipity was at work here for the 2 images were just the right size and the colous complemented each other. I cut each image into strips and then interwove them.


butterfly on a chain

art journal prompt – singing in the rain

Milliande’s art journal prompt for 21 February was to be inspired by the song “singing in the rain”. This is my take on it.


art journal-singing in the rain

2011 art journal day 14

Day 14’s prompt was simply “mirror mirror” to be interpreted however we like. This is my take on it.

Milliande Art Journal Day 14

The mirror is made from a chocolate foil wrapper. I got to the wrapper but  not to the chocolate, DH got there first … and the photo is from one of my cabinet cards.

7 day magazine collage challenge

Bored with not being able to do much in the way of creating art – I am away from home at the moment so do not have access to any materials – I decided to try the Cloth Paper Studio Yahoo group’s 7 day magazine challenge.

My temporary studio is the dining table


work in progress


The aim of the game is to make 7 collages (one a day or more if your muse is feeling particularly active) using images taken from ONE magazine.  The collages can be any size and can incorporate text. There is nothing intellectual about this exercise, it’s about having fun and going with the flow.  It sounds like a simple idea but I found it quite challenging.  Here are my 7 collages.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7