Category Archives: collage papers

Pie In The Sky

Continuing with the Apple theme for today’s Weird Bird…

I have a slice of humor for you today:

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The Apple Pie A’ La Mode Bird

Some days it is good to remember the simple pleasures in life like a slice of pie with ice cream on top!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Slide View

I inherited all my parent’s slides and the slide projector.  I have been meaning to view them again.  I have fond memories from my childhood of watching them and eating popcorn in the living room of my family home…

This may sound silly when everything is so digitized today but there was something special about the hum of the fan, the click of the slides and watching photos of us appear on a “big” screen!  🙂

So today’s weird bird, A Slide Masked Owl is in memory of those simpler times:

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Perhaps you didn’t grow up viewing slides on a projector but maybe you slid down a slide or two…

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Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Hope you “slide” through your day with a smile on your face!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Shake Your Tail Feathers!

It seems I forgot that yesterday was Draw A Bird Day – unofficial of course but celebrated on the 8th of each month by some of my talented art and bird friends! 🙂

I may be a day late but I can still shake my tail feathers!

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Celebrating that the weekend is here!  Hoorah!

Cheers! 🙂

Play Ball!

I had fun adding some collage papers to my faces I posted yesterday…

I used my gelli-printed deli papers, a little scrapbook paper and some features from magazines.

Here are my favorites with a caption under the pictures:

Surprise!

You say what?!

Play ball!!

Hope these give you a smile today!

Cheers! 🙂

Jane Austen

I’m a little behind on my assignments in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim.  So yesterday, I combined two lessons into one.  This quote from Jane Austen on writing:

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And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper.  Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my collage.  It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like.  I added other papers, including an old postage stamp.

As many of you know, I love experimenting in art!   So this page was super fun to do. 🙂

Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Moonrise

Sometimes I like to put brush to paper in watercolor without thinking about an outcome.

This experiment I did in my art journal recently.  As winter fades and Spring awakens:

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The colors in nature change from greys and blues to greens and yellows.

I also painted similar colors and patterns on Lutradur in watercolor.  This photo tells you about this product if you haven’t heard about it.

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The product can be used in sewing and paper arts. It feels like a heavy interfacing used in sewing.

I cut out a few strips of the painted Lutradur and glued them over my watercolor paper.  I like the subtle contrast with the paper.  I added a gelli-printed circle to represent the moon.

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Have you ever used Lutradur?  I’d love to hear how you have used it!

Cheers!  🙂

Poking Holes

It is interesting to me how one art experiment often leads me to another…

In this case, poking holes in my paper, led to playing with circles – first with Tombow markers:

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Then cutting circle shapes from a variety of papers and stamping acrylic paint with a wine cork and adding a little glitter:

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And using the holes from the previous page to add an interesting layer:

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I’d love to hear how an recent art experiment led you to an unexpected outcome!

Cheers!  🙂

The Willowwack

This strange looking bird lives in the wooded, uninhabited areas of New England:

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It is recognized by its artichoke-green beak and its spirographic eyes that glow in the dark protecting it from unwanted preditors.

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

I hope this silly bird gives you a smile today!

Cheers!  🙂

Handmade Foam Stamps

I learned how to make these foam stamps recently in an online art class.  They are so easy and fun!  I wanted to share it with you…  They can add to all sorts of projects – wrapping paper, gift tags, Christmas cards and collage papers!

I purchased the adhesive backed foam from Michael’s in a 9 x 12 inch sheet.  I purchased it in black but they also come in white.  Just make sure you buy the adhesive backed sheets.

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They are easy to cut with scissors.  Even a child can do this!  🙂

I used an Exacto knife to cut squares of stiff cardboard for the base of my stamps:

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You will want to do this step and NOT your child.  It helps to use a protective surface when using an Exacto knife.

You simply cut the shapes, peel off the back and stick them to your cardboard backing!  Easy as pie!!!

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Here is the stamp I used in yesterday’s post in several variations of red and green over gelli-printed paper:

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I’m really liking Golden’s Iridescent Gold for a little extra holiday bling!  🙂  It’s great to mix with Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paints but any acrylic paint would work!

I apply paint to my handmade stamps using a sponge and a paper plate for a palette.

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A brayer would also work but I don’t like wasting a lot of paint.

I’m finding the handmade stamps make a nice addition to my gelli-printed papers:

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And here is a combo with two stamps:

 

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I try to take notes of the colors I used so I can repeat them.  I hope to use these papers in future collages.

Hope you enjoyed my instructions!!  I would love to see what you do!

Cheers!!  🙂

P.S.  You can press into the foam with a ball point pen to create a pattern of dots too!

A Kaleidoscope of Color

I created my painted collage papers for the online collage class I told you about yesterday with the rice paper my kaleidoscope is on:

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I’ve always been AMAZED with the patterns, shapes and colors of a Kaleidoscope!  WOW!  🙂

And here are my papers I created with acrylic paints and a variety of patterns – using stencils, sea sponges and found objects:

And some neutral colors… with a spin of the kaleidoscope wheel:

Stay tuned for Thursday for more collage fun!  🙂

Cheers for color!!  🙂