Collage Party

Last week, my art group went to Paula’s house and worked on a layered collage. We used a variety of papers, thin fabrics and painted fusible. Then each layer could be printed, painted, or more layers added. Paula had all the stuff ready to go and we each created a very different collage.

This one is mine. The white “writing” was done by Paula. Her specialty, “Goddess writing”.

This one is Louise’s.

This one is Paula’s.

And here is Sally’s. Deb had to leave early so she didn’t get to make one. But we are going to make more next month too.

Isn’t it interesting how they are all so different? Hope you have a great weekend.

Tree Fragment Series

I created the first two of these “Tree Fragments” quite a while ago and then they just hung around the studio being UFO’s. I was invited to include some of my work in the “Uncommon Threads” exhibit at the Bigfork Cultural Arts Center. It is the same time as the exhibit for Whitefish Gallery Nights that I posted about here. So I needed different work for the Bigfork show. I decided to create one more piece to make this a series. I have created a post about that piece over on The Felting and Fiber Studio which will publish on August 13th. But I will show you the other two pieces here.

This first one is called “Chemo Leaves”. I used a rust printed background and covered a 12″ x 12″ canvas. This pattern was created from the curtains when my husband was taking chemotherapy several years ago. This is a combination of printed, screen printed and machine stitched felt as well as ice dyed cotton fabric.

The second piece is called Aspen Leaves and is created from printed and stenciled felt, iced dyed cotton fabric and machine stitched and painted silk. The background is an eco printed piece from my friend Paula. Thanks Paula!

I tried to fit these into some frames but it didn’t work. So I think they will stay unframed. Now I just need to finish up the backs and put on a hanger.

Little Birds

My brother-in-law is a birder and takes some awesome photos of birds. I decided to use a couple of his photos for inspiration for creating a couple of collages for class.

This one is a real mixed media piece with a bit of collage but mainly paint, pencil and markers. This is a Carolina Chickadee.

And this one is more of a true collage with a painted background. This bird is called a Golden Crowned Kinglet. I don’t think I have ever seen one of these birds in person but I liked how he was hanging on this branch eyeing those new buds. I might have to try a few more birds as I enjoyed making both of these.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Usual State of Chaos

I almost forgot to post for the week. I’m in the usual state of chaos.

Here’s what the table looks like in my studio at the moment. This doesn’t show the piles of other projects in the works lying around in the rest of the house and by the sewing machine.

Here’s one of the pieces I am working on at the moment. I am doing some wild flower studies as I am pretending it is spring even though it is still snowing outside. This is a combination of collage and paint. I am not sure what these wild flowers are called but they remind me of dogwood. They grow in a bush, not a tree. I am using my photo and sketch as inspiration. Then I have used a variety of printed and painted papers for the collage part and adding paint as needed. Still got a ways to go yet. Have a great weekend and I hope it is spring where you are 🙂

Columbia River Redband Trout

My friend Deb and I did some more paint pouring last weekend. I made a bunch of acrylic skins but then, what to do with them? I had one that I thought looked like a fish. So I looked up fish native to Montana and chose one to create out of acrylic skins.

Here’s a very poor photo of a sketch I made to get the shape and where the colors belonged.

Here are the two skins that I used to create the fish. I definitely see a fish in the one on the left. That’s where the idea came from. I wish I had made a few more fish colors now.

Here he is on white. I really like how he turned out. Now to decide on a background.


These are some painted papers that I already have. Which one do you like? I haven’t decided yet. I might try to pour a painted background for him. If so, I’ll need to get the right size canvas or board to pour on. If I use the paper, I think I might use a layer of pouring medium or glazing liquid on the paper to make it a little shinier. Not sure I like the contrast of the matte paper against the really shiny fish. Now what to do with 20 other acrylic skins in odd color shades?