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Funny Fish Tales

I like to collect old postcards as I find them good material for my art collages.  I happened upon these “Tall-Tale” postcards on one of my art “fishing” expeditions:


According to the Wisconsin Historical Society (www.wisconsinhistory.org), “Tall-tale postcards emerged around the turn of the 20th century, when postcards came to function as surrogates for travel. People soon realized that postcards could be used to create or sustain a certain utopian myth about a town or region, and crafty photographers began to physically manipulate their photographs. Nowhere did these modified images, or “tall-tale postcards” as they came to be called, become more prevalent than in rural communities that hoped to forge an identity as places of agricultural abundance to encourage settlement and growth. Food sources specific to the region — vegetables, fruits, or fish — were the most common subjects.”

I found these two postcards extra funny:


With the added bonus of handwritten notes on the back of the cards:


These postcards inspired me to revisit my Alphabet Art Journal and create my own “Tall-Tale” for the letter, “F.”


It says, “Frank hoped his funky fish hat would help him catch more fish on Father’s Day.”

Wishing all fathers a “swell” Father’s Day and that’s no exaggeration!

Happy Fishing!  🙂

The Solid Type

Did you know that William Ged invented Stereotyping?  According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Ged invented a process in 1725 in which a whole page of type is cast in a single mold so that a printing plate can be made from it.”

Originally the word, Stereotype was derived from Greek roots meaning, “solid type.”  It wasn’t until 1922 that the word was used as it is today – as a simplified conception or image of a particular person or thing as in my example below.

This person could be “The Solid Type” –

2016-1-10 The Solid Type

I found it interesting that “although Ged’s system made fair copy, the opposition to his work resulted in its complete rejection by printers. He experimented in secret and won a contract to supply Bibles and prayer books to the University of Cambridge, but he was ruined by the dishonesty of his London collaborator. He then became a goldsmith and jeweler.”

I thought you might enjoy this little history lesson before I tell you how I created my fonts from Saturday:

2016-1-8 Collaged alphabet A-M

A – A Doodle I copied and made into this letter.

B – Illustration of a buggy from a Child’s Dictionary.  I used Tombow markers to form the letter.  White gel pen made flowers with the spokes.

C – Half circle torn from construction paper.

D – Daisy drawn on scrapbook paper with color pencils and gold gel pen.  Letter was drawn with a black micron pen.

E – Gelli-printed paper cut to form a block style letter.

F – A page from an old book on sewing.  The letter was drawn with a Tombow marker.

G – Rubber stamp of a girl on an old map.  Lower cased letter drawn with a ball point pen around her face.

H – Letter stitched on fabric scrap and then colored with Inktense Blocks.

I – Old photograph of a person’s eyes, cut to form the lower case letter.

J – Ticket stub.  Letter formed with a marker.

K – Color copy of Fabric Art I did, letter drawn with black pen.  Shape is a kite.

L – Fortune cookie and lottery numbers used to form the letter.  Outlined with Neocolor markers.

M – Letter stenciled with black pen over sheet music.

I tried to create each letter in a non-stereotypical  fashion! 

Happy Creating!  🙂


National Poinsettia Day

I purchased a Poinsettia recently in order to paint it in watercolor.  I decided to give it as a gift so that meant I had to paint it right away.  Deadlines can be a good thing!

I decided to try a more painterly approach.  Here is my first layer of watercolor over my sketch of black micro pen:

Poinsettia - 1

I decided to do a little research about this plant on Wikipedia.  I was surprised to discover that December 12 is National Poinsettia Day in the United States.  I had no idea!  😉

I added a second layer of paint:

Poinsettia - 2

According to Wikipedia, “The colored bracts—which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colors, but are actually leaves. The colors of the bracts are created through photoperiodism, meaning that they require darkness (12 hours at a time for at least five days in a row) to change color. At the same time, the plants require abundant light during the day for the brightest color.

So I added more color to the “leaves” and a few splatters to give it a little sparkle – after all it is on display around Christmas time.

Poinsettia - 3

I also learned that this plant is native to Mexico and was derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett,[3] the first United States Minister to Mexico,[4] who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825.

I hope you enjoyed this little history lesson as much as I did!  I’m not sure my Poinsettia watercolor is complete but my friend enjoyed receiving the plant as a gift as much as I enjoyed painting it!

Cheers to you!  🙂