Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Calling all collagists!

It's the last day of 2013 and seems appropriate to start thinking of the coming year.  In early 2014, I will be sending collages to the International Collage Exchange (for the third year). 

I have already started:

A Chip Off The Old Block

Fish For Dinner
It's All Greek To Me

The Grudging Soil

Now I would like all you collagists out there to join in. All instructions are HERE, and you have at least until the end of February to make THIRTEEN, no bigger than A4 size (mine are around 6" x 8" on 8 x 10 watercolour paper or matboard)

Meanwhile I will be posting more of mine as I complete them.  Some are combinations of paint & paper, some include found objects, and some are simply cut paper.  I use pages from old books, painted papers, rusty metal bits, or rust-dyed fabric....whatever is at hand.

To see what other participants have done in the past, click
HERE.  Click on any of the exchanges to see the galleries.

If you join up let me know.  I'd love to see your work!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas

My last post for 2013 (and overdue at that) just had to be about Xmas images from my life.  Hoping that you all have a joyous festive season too.
(It's an oldie...just a few years...but a goodie)
Friend and neighbour, Bill, taking Santa for a ride on his train

detail from my Xmas tree
Xmas window in a Brisbane store

Poinciana in my garden

Richard in his Xmas t-shirt enjoying a little Xmas cheer

Summer Red eucalyptus in my garden
Hippeastrums from my garden - digitally manipulated

Table setting in one of our major stores - manipulated image

One of my Xmas decorations

Another corner in my home
May you all enjoy the festive season as much as we do.  We wish you health and happiness in 2014!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Jane Davies Workshop - wrap up

It's been six weeks of collaging...so Xmas has been on hold until now.  Jane's workshop was such fun, and I got to use a few techniques I haven't spent much time on before, altering images, image transfer etc.

My last couple of lessons produced these (among others that need some more work):



 The final lesson was to use what we'd learned to make a series of related works where the text and image were connected.

I chose to do a series based on old Chinese propaganda posters, with the text from western songs. A juxtaposition of the serious, and the frivolous.  My favourite thing.


It was fun, and gave me lots of ideas for next year's International Collage Exchange.