Friday, July 24, 2015

Collaged Birds

I attended an arts festival last week,
in which I demonstrated how I make
animal collages. 

I began this bird at the demonstration,
but found I ended up adding lots more
bits and pieces too him once I got home. 
I forgot to take any pictures of it before the final bits were added.

All of the bits of paper in this collage 
are from papers that I decorated
by colouring and stamping and mark making onto.
(tea bags, tissue, my handmade paper)
I prefer using paper I have decorated in my collages
but occasionally a bit of old envelope of something
also appears.

This was the next piece I created during my demonstration
It too was added to once I was home.
(once again I have no before picture)

You can see bits of papers using Seth's stamps  the legs, wing, tail, ground & behind the eye and the beak.

Collage Fun - Just Tear and Paste!

I then had a bit of fun playing with these birds on my computer. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Stamps from Seth Apter

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, 
author, teacher and art community maker/gatherer.
He is just releasing a new line of stamps, 
and sent me the set 'Pattern Play' to have fun with.

The set includes - 'Mosaic Tile'

'Bar Code'

and 'Birch Bark'

I played in my usual style of stamping onto a variety of papers


Which I proceeded to rip into tiny pieces and glue together.

My 'Patterned Play' stamped bits became
 a patterned landscape that my trees grew from. 

Here you can see the backside of my accordion book
decorated with a long strip of 'Birch Bark' decorated tea bag.

After completing this creation, 
I still had pieces of stamped paper sitting on my desk

So created some little houses with the little bits.
And then stamped a bigger background piece 
to put behind them.

The little bits of paper were getting smaller, 
but I thought they would look beautiful
decorating a paper pulp bowl
 that was waiting patiently on my art desk.

I love the lines that each of these stamps create, 
and know that they will be showing up in a variety of my creations.  

As I write this I haven't seen the other stamps or creations that other people have created, but am excited to check out the following links!

Seth Apter

Mary Beth Shaw 

Marjie Kemper 

Linda Kain 

Pam Carriker

Brian Kasstle

The full line of stamps can be viewed or purchased from

 Impression Obsession



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Luminaries.......Once Again

For those of you that have been visiting my blog for sometime,
you may recongnize these creations. 

It has been a long time since I have made any.

These round luminaries are made from tea bags
which I open and empty and add botanical bits and paper/fabric, ink 
and other bits and pieces to.

They can either stand on a window sill
and have the light that shines through 
show off their bits and pieces

I add a battery operated tea light
inside the tube 
and when turned on gives a lovely glow.  

I really love how the light shows off 
the tiny flowers, stems and bits and pieces 
in each one. 

I have been thinking about creating an online class 
to show how I make these
...... but so far it has just been on the 'thinking about it' list.

Here are a few packaged with paper instructions
(which means no light shows through - so they are not so pretty)
ready to go to the little art gallery in town. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Collection of Pins

These collection of pins have been in my mind
and on my work table for months. 

They are made from pieces of scrape metal for the backing 
with a piece of recycled paper that I painted and stamped over
and then covered with resin. 

I picture them being worn separately or in groups of two or three.

I pinned them onto mailing tags that I joined together so they can stand up. 

And because it was a nice day, this was my work station for the day. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Bowl Binge

I enjoyed making bowls out of egg carton pulp for my 
Art at the Dump project,
so I decided to make a few more. 

I had been wanting to try making a bigger one

And so I made this one. 

I decorated it by adding some layers of tea bag paper
and some stamped on tissue paper and a bit of paint. 

I finished it off with a layer of wax medium to give it a nice finish.

I made a little ball of paper pulp as well, and decorated it in the same colours.
When you swirl the bowl, the ball rolls around in it very nicely.... it is funny the little things that bring me delight. 

I also finished a couple of small size bowls. 

This one was painted.... 

And this one was covered with layers of coloured tissue paper. 

They can't hold soup or anything,
but I think they will look great  holding all my many treasures
(probably rocks..... )

Besides building bowls, 
I have been trying to get out and enjoy our summer. 

I went hiking with my daughter and her friend

And we enjoyed some time taking pictures together. 

More hiking adventures and bowl making are in the works!