Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Grafted Collages

I continue gluing together bits of decorated paper to make these collages.
Here you can see the small 3X4 inch creations I shared on my last post,
beside the 6X6 inch creation I have just finished. 

I mounted these collages on wooden box frames 
that can be hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf. 

And here is the finished pile. 
I wonder where my creative muse will take me next......

Monday, May 29, 2017

Layers of Paper

Slowly but steadily I have been working on these small collages. 
They are made using the hand decorated paper I showed a few posts ago, 
and were inspired by the little collage book in my last post. 

I haven't had too much time to create, 
so these came together slowly over the last number of weeks. 

They are quite small pieces . . . . .

that are mounted on 3" X 4" wooden boxes

Little pieces of torn paper - distressed and wrinkled 
layered with other pieces of decorated paper
and eventually secured with glue. 

I really enjoyed making these little collages,
so much so that there are some larger ones in the works.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Love of Little

I love creating little things that sit on shelves
begging to be picked up and looked at.

I love creating the little collages that decorate 
each individual page in this tiny creation. 

I love when I look down on it,
I see glimpses of the decorated pages. 

The back is decorated in one long single piece. 

When closed a small piece of fabric
is wrapped around and secured.

And its littleness is even more pronounced. 

I know not everyone understands the beauty I find  here. 
But that is okay, we are all different. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Layered Houses


I finally finished my collage house concertina style book. 

It opens up showcasing houses patched together 
with bits and pieces of my decorated paper. 

It can be displayed completely open so you can see its whole story,
or so you can see each two page spread. 

I am still not sure what the stories are of these little houses, 
but I am sure that they were inspired by my recent trip to Cuba
where I loved the aged beauty of the buildings.

 They seemed to have layers and layers of stories.  

 I started the layering of this piece by tea staining the watercolour paper 
and then drawing patterned lines on it.  

I added acrylic paint to the background, and the lines almost disappeared.  
I made the houses and moved them around many times before they found their final resting place.  

In the end the torn tear drop shapes were not part of the inside pages.

The covers are made of book board covered with painted black paper. 
The front cover has this little house.....

while the back is decorated with the torn tear drop shapes.

And to give you the scale of this piece - here I am holding the finished book. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Houses Being Built

I am busy building houses out of the hand decorated paper I shared in my last post.  
My hope was to have the whole piece completed by now,
..... but I am not quite there yet.  

I also learned that painting/decorating parchment paper is not the best idea.  
The paint likes to peel off too easily and it is a bit of a challenge to work with.

  I seem to be unable to locate deli wrap either locally or online (without outrages shipping charges) - and so will continue my search for a thin and sturdy yet okay priced paper to decorate and use in my collages.  

Update - I found some deli paper that I can purchase and ship for a reasonable price and I am excited to get it and give it a try! 

I will share the finished piece as soon as I can.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Decorated Paper

I have been in a creative slump for quite some time it seems
and although I have no idea where this project is going,
I decided to decorate some paper today. 

So I used some tissue paper, parchment paper and thin pieces of brown paper
painted them white or black and stamped on them. 

The plan is to use them to collage with - but time will tell.....
hopefully tomorrow dawns with some creative inspiration
 or perhaps I will just meander until the creativity arrives.