I finished another collage using paper back books over the weekend, like the one I posted previously: By The Book
Except this time, I included these “other materials”: a postage stamp, text, images from an old book on Botany, image of a man from a hardback book cover on yoga for women, hand stitching, gauze-like material from the binding of a hardback book and some of my own Gelli-plate prints!
I found this mosaic format a fun challenge. I tried to balance color, texture, line and shape without making it too busy. I also tried to create a story with a little mystery.
This style is a bit of a stretch for me… but I’m enjoying the process!
I’d love to hear what you think!
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This Fan “male” bird arrived special delivery yesterday…
Just in time for Weird Bird Wednesday!
I hope you handle your day with care!
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One never knows when they will spot a Knit-Capped Crane in the fresh water of a marsh:
This weird bird is related to the “Hooded” Crane…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
P.S. Can you find the hidden hand in the bird’s body?
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I think one of the things I enjoy about creating collage art is the element of surprise or the unexpected like this one:
The assignment in The Collage Workbook By Randel Plowman for week four is Color Charge. He says; “Experiment with adding color to a collage that is primarily black and white. A few subtle strokes and bright marks can make a subdued collage really pop.”
In the above 6×6 inch collage, the postage stamp gives a pop of color as does the gelli-prints. It also helps direct the eye throughout the piece.
In my next one on a 4×6 inch index card, I tried to add pink to make you think of lipstick shades. The large pink circle is from a paper napkin. I think it adds balance to the collage.
My last 6×6 inch collage is more simple and yet the red paint circles make you look at the whole collage and find something hidden:
Collage is a lot like a puzzle for me. How can I help you look further and discover the unexpected?
I’d love to hear what you think!
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Today’s weird bird is very wise…
The Mountaineer bird has a mountain top view of the world!
From the book, “Finding The Gift,” Angela Howell writes for January 2, “Open land steals my breath away, it’s so beautiful. I see freedom, opportunity, stillness, serenity, and acceptance. I feel captivated and present. I see untouched land and feel like anything is possible. I feel called and inspired to do and be something great. I feel a direct connection to my higher guidance and inner knowing, and I’m quieted so I can listen.”
What does a bird’s eye view do for you? I hope it empowers you to begin!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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I was recently inspired by Teresa Robeson at One Good Thing, who spoke about the Eastern Wahoo for National Arbor Day. The name of this plant, also known as a Burning Bush – just sounded like one of my imaginary birds to me!
So here is my imaginary bird, the Eastern Wahoo:
I discovered on Wikipedia that the fruit of this specie has also been called, “Hearts Burning with Love,” therefore I added a few hearts to my female bird.
After learning from Teresa that some species of this plant is invasive, I decided to include a Western Wahoo – a bad boy bird of the west:
I hope my two weird birds gave you a smile today! 🙂
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
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Sometimes it is fun to repurpose items I have around the house rather then purchase something new!
And I found making these items just might help me be better organized! Are you curious?
You see, one of the things about collage is that I keep every little piece of paper! And sometimes, the pile grows so that it takes on a life of its own…
The creative envelope to the rescue! YAY!
I made the above one from a recycled gold padded envelope.
And the one below, I made from a piece of junk mail that I folded in half –
And then glued some of those little pieces of collage paper that were floating around to one side.
I used a little bird I created from a leaf print for the other side:
Punched holes in the sides of the cardstock and then sewed the edges closed with embroidery thread. The perfect place to keep my bird feathers!
When hubby came home with a Starbucks bag, I cut it in two:
And made envelopes out of each section – here is the top half:
I used patterned tape to seal the bottom.
And decorated both sides of the bag…. a perfect place to keep my postage stamps!
I hope I inspired you to repurpose an item you have around your home as a storage container! I’d love to hear what you did!
Happy Creating! 🙂
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