Saturday, 18 November 2017

nine little abstracts

I have a problem with ATCs, which is that I have large hands and fumbly fingertips. I'm no good at working small. So I usually never make them. But for this theme, I decided to make one large abstract, the size of nine ATCs, then cut out the nine pieces, jumble them up, and scan them. Ta-da! Or something...

Mini Movie Posters at The ATC Cinema

ATC - Swallow

One from the archives

Friday, 17 November 2017

Works of Art ATC series

Here is the 5th ATC I made. "Bust of Inge #2" 1956 by Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991). Background is by Stuart Davis (1892-1964) entitled "Underpass No. 1" 1955.

Works of Art ATC series

This one was fun to make. Background is "Le Poisson" by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). The painted terracotta figure is "Donna Inginocchiata" 1937 by Marino Marini (1901-1980).

Works of Art ATC series

I really like this one. Background is a painting entitled "Carnival in the Mountains" 1924 by Paul Klee (1879-1940). Can you guess who the black & white portrait is? "Portrait of Picasso" 1908 by Marie Laurencin (1883-1956).

Works of Art ATC series

This ATC features a background by Stuart Davis (1892-1964) "Underpass No. 1" 1955. Of course that is a bust of Queen Nefertiti.

Works of Art ATC series

I had the best time combining two different works of art. Here is the first of five. The painting in the background is by Dutch artist Pyke Koch (1901-1991), entitled "The Signal" 1975. Of course the man in the foreground is by René Magritte (1898-1967) and is cut from the painting entitled "Pandora's Box" 1951.

Twenty Eight ATC's

I always have a pile of ATC's knocking around on my work table - some from earlier in the year - always interesting to do another configuration!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


As we worked on (or: "in" ??) small scales last week I thought it would be nice to create some ATCs....
We all know what ATC means - but nevertheless here is what Wikipedia says:
"Artist trading cards are 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, the same format as modern trading cards (hokey or cards or baseball cards). "
Go for it!
2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, the same format as modern trading cards (hockey cards or baseball cards). "

Standing Tall Among the Trees

I thought I would reference the source of the postage stamp -- TREES! The bronze statue is by Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991) "Dancer with Skirt" 1956. The tall tree next to the statue is "General Sherman", a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. Height: 275 feet (83 m)  Diameter: Over 36 feet (11m)  Weight: 4.188783 million pounds!

Rock Stamps

Monday, 13 November 2017

artistamps: anna banana

Sticking with the artistamps series for now, I pulled out four artistamps from famed mail artist Anna Banana—her Banana Post 1989.

I don't know where the black-&-white background came from—it was just floating around on my work table—but most of the banana images come from Creative Commons. For those of  you keeping track of Kollage Kit themes, I did a patch of rollage with spotted banana skin. I'm afraid that after I'd already glued down the green veggies in the middle top area, I realized they are not bananas, but banana peppers. Oops...oh well.

The Philatelist ....(I think I found a new hobby)

I was so impressed by Angie's book so I just had to try and draw my own stamp ....
I found a lovely photo of this girl in an old magazine .... very Dutch and very vintage.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

LOVE stamp

Okay, I have a huge stash of mostly vintage stamps. I was hard pressed to find a suitable image of a woman to place atop the bride's head. More women are commemorated these days. But back in the day not so much! (Of course I had a lot of Queen Elizabeth stamps which I really love and have done some projects with!) The photograph is a turn of the century cabinet card.

artistamps: numerals

All right, so this one is kinda weird. The stamps are perforated, so I'll be pulling them apart before affixing them to postcards or envelopes. But the small rubber stamps don't show off very well. Some of them look like bugs landed on my scanner or something... =laugh=

I used brush-tip markers to do the backgrounds, and acrylic paint markers for the numbers, etc. If you don't have a source for perforated sheets, and would like to try making some artistamps of your own, I recommend these folks, although there are a number of companies to choose from. The tiny "peg" rubber stamps can be seen much better at their source, Meer Image. If you're into rubber stamps, or just want to see some cool rubber artwork, I highly recommend browsing Steven Vander Meer's catalog.

frenchpop by post

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Pete Mango

artistamps: horses

I figure: why not use this theme as an excuse to make some new artistamps for use in mail art? =smile=

These stamps of horses are unperforated. They are approximately 2 inches (5 cm) square. They are mounted on a background of "1950s abstract" from a Pepin wrapping paper book. I will cut them out individually and stick them onto envelopes & postcards.

Is it just me, or does the group of horses on the "30" stamp look like a great image for the Rolling Stones theme--the song being, of course, "Wild Horses"?

Stamping my way around ...

Well of course I had something completely different in my mind with this theme ...
and I proceeded with my own interpretation of 'stamps' ;))

Collage made on 'stamping grounds' ..

Friday, 10 November 2017

American Women of The Glamour Years, Paris (1919-1940) Commemorative Series 65 cent Imperforate (not perforated) Issue #3 ROMAINE BROOKS

Romaine Brooks (1874-1970) born Beatrice Romaine Goddard. American painter who worked mostly in Paris and Capri. She specialized in portraiture. She enjoyed dressing as a man.

American Women of The Glamour Years, Paris (1919-1940) Commemorative Series 65 cent Imperforate (not perforated) Issue #2 JOSEPHINE BAKER

Josephine Baker (1906-1975) entertainer, civil rights activist and French Resistance agent.

American Women of The Glamour Years, Paris (1919-1940) Commemorative Series 65 cent Imperforate (not perforated) Issue #1 GERTRUDE STEIN

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946). American novelist, poet, playwright and art collector. Gertrude and her partner Alice B. Toklas were keen on white purebred poodles and owned 3 in succession, all named Basket.

doubled stamp from asia

cute little hatchlings (parasaurolophus)

My father was a geologist, so I was inoculated at an early age into a major obsession with the wonderful world of rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs. He did field work in Kansas for his dissertation: along the way he discovered a nearly complete Eohippus skeleton (early relative of the horse). I think that is way cool.

I was going to make a rollage with dinosaur images, but ran out of time. No big deal—as y'all may have noticed, I find almost any theme an excuse for a dino collage. =laugh= The U.S. 32-cent stamps are from a first-day cover block cancelled on May 1, 1997, in Grand Junction, Colorado. I'm not a serious philetalist, so what do I have these babies for, if not to use in a collage? The scene with the Parasaurolophus (say that one three times fast) hatchlings is dated 75 million years ago. I'm not sure of this, but it looks like the females and males had different shapes of crests. Wild, man.

The Parasaurolophus skeleton is from the Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul—enhanced with a couple of markers. Both backgrounds, geometric and skulls, are from the series of Pepin wrapping paper books (available at Amazon, so check 'em out).

A note on the composition: my great-niece Grace, a high school student, believes that any collage should have something interesting in the lower righthand corner. Who am I to argue with that? =grin=

Republica De Coll

One from the archive.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

spotted owl with curly brackets

I'm working on a new piece for the stamps theme, but in the meantime, this is one from my 2013 archives.

The spotted owl is native to conifer forests in the North American west to northwest. My husband Bob, who is an ecosystem biologist, chose the pteranodon stamp, saying, "It's good to remind people that an owl is a living pteranodon." Not taxonomically, of course, but in the sense that both of them are big flying carnivores.

let it bleed

Thanks, guys, for encouraging me to post my overdue Rolling Stones collage. As I explained before, the reason why it's overdue is that we were way out in the ridge-&-valley section of south-central Pennsylvania, away from the Internet, when I made this collage.

The element that triggered this is in the upper righthand corner: it's a fragment from Keith Richards's autobiography (memoirs, whatever). It's funny, so I hope it will be legible, once you've enlarged it.

I added to this piece some dibs and dabs and dribbles of liquid acrylic paint.

Enough said. =smile=


It´s from October - but to come  into the mood ...

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Theme of the week: STAMPS

Lately I have been in a museum about communication and one division was about stamps, what was pretty interesting - not only to see very old stamps but also to see a how (some) stamps are created.
So I thought this theme might be interesting for us.
What is possible?
- Use stamps in your collage
- or create your own stamp (the main components of a stamp are: image, perforation, denomination, country name)
- or ........what ever comes into your creative mind.
Have fun!

Monday, 6 November 2017

rollage: baboon

I warned you: I said I might go berserk! =laugh=

Photo of baboon by Fritz Lansing. Background from 2016 calendar "Islands in the Sun."

A question for y'all: would it be just terribly out of line if I posted a Rolling Stones collage I made? I didn't think I was going to do one, since we did go up to the farm and out of internet contact, but as it happened, there was an item in the box of supplies I took with me that was just perfect for the Stones, and I ended up making a RS collage after all. By the time I got home, we were already into Hallowe'en, of course.

What do you think? I could post it to the Rolling Stones part of the blog, if that would be preferable.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

rollage: land/cloudscape

Painting by Alan Sonneman.

I'm not sure I'm doing this technique the way you're supposed to, but I do have a penchant for the surreal and/or abstract. And Sabine, you did say "mixed, moved, twisted, interchanged, omitted..." =laugh=

"The Caged Tiger" Rollage

"Study of a Tiger" by Francois Desportes (1661-1743) is the background and "Scene from the Chateau de Bicétre Ballet: The Sprites' Entrance by Daniel Rabel (1578-1637) form the bars of his cage.

"Olive Thomas, The Lonely Flower" Rollage

Olive Thomas (1894-1920) was an American silent film actress & model. She is placed on top of "The Lonely Flower" 1934, a piece by Paul Klee (1879-1940).

Portrait Rollage - horizontal and vertical

I´m working on a project at the moment and had some ink jet prints of cabinet cards around -
so I tried to make rollages with portraits and cut them horizontal and vertical. 
I like the first one (vertical) better, but nevertheless I liked to try!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

rollage: haeckel

From yours and my favorite: Ernst Haeckel--Art Forms in Nature and Art Forms in the Ocean.

Circular Rollage

Earlier in the year I was experimenting with weaving and cut-out patterns (apparently doing rollage although I had no idea what it was called).  I tried some checkerboards, some strips and then a circle.  My circular bride is a little hard to see, but she's in there...

The Bride

When I was a young girl

This is my very first try of rollage-

Rollage .. first trial

Very much fun to play with this new technique ... this one feels like creating vintage tiles.


Thanks for the themes last month, Michael. November is my turn...

I thought it might be interesting to try a technique ?!
Rollage - how it works:
two or more similar images / cut in strips in the same size / mixed, moved, twisted, interchanged, omitted...
Have fun!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Birth of Halloween in Holland

I'm glad to announce that these two ladies of the Dutch Lowlands found some big potatoes in their backyards and manage to turn them into these Halloween Costumes ... the elderly lady even managed to turn some of the (very old) potatoes into a doll ...
Initially the plan was to turn some Edammer Cheese into a pumpkin head but due to the beer that goes so well with a party the Edammer ended up in their bellies as well ;))

Happy Halloween (to have had)

So finally I did it !

If nobody has anything against it I can pick our themes for November - 
I have some ideas ....

Spooky ATC's