Category Archives: collage

Work-In-Progress (13.nov.07)

I’m try­ing to be bet­ter about keep­ing notes as I go along. (Click the thumb­nails forf ull size images.)

2 Goth­ic Arch­es pieces that are on my table at the moment.

poetry-toads WIP

Poet­ry-Toads. The back­ground is made up of pat­tern tis­sue and a fac­sim­i­le of the first page of an old edi­tion of Pride and Prej­u­dice. I col­ored the pea­cock with water­col­or pen­cils and then soaked it in mag­ic juice. ( a mix of left­over tea leaves and cof­fee grounds in luke­warm water.) A lit­tle thinned out ges­so and it’s ready to go. The quote is from Mar­i­anne Moore re the def­i­n­i­tion of a poem cut out and glued to some Japan­ese wrap­ping paper. The lady is col­ored and wet­ted and not glued down yet. It needs a final sur­face treat­ment of some sort to pull it togeth­er and mel­low the edges.

Flower-Bird WIP

I don’t know where this one is going. The back­ground is a paper tow­el that start­ed life a a brush wiper and then got paint­ed on it’s own mer­it. (Water col­ors — greens and browns and a funky amber that I love and will prob­a­bly nev­er be able to recre­ate.)

The flow­ers are from the front of a seed pack­et that is on some wall­pa­per I have a scrap of. There’s a cutout of an engrav­ing of a lit­tle bird (Car­oli­na wren?) that I think belongs on here.

I’m on my third time through In This House. I’m going to do mine as an accor­dion book with each page about nine inch­es tall. I’ve got some rice paper back­ings dry­ing on boards, cad­mi­um red this time. I mean to use it as back­grounds for the hous­es.

Work-In-Progress (26.nov.07)


Still work­ing on the flow­ers goth­ic arch. It now has birds on it. I have a pic­ture of my great grand­moth­er that I think will go in the cen­ter.

wip-birds and balloons

I have a new goth­ic arch start­ed. The back­ground is torn papers coat­ed with a wash of gel medi­um to get it all stuck down. I put a bird down and then decid­ed that a cou­ple of the back­ground papers where just too bright so I smeared ges­so over it all. Then the bird dis­ap­peared. I liked him well enough to cut out a sec­ond copy and past­ed it down. They over lap a bit but you can’t see it in this pho­to. The bal­loons are from a paint­ing (used on the cov­er of the SAM bul­letin.) I’m not sure what the key tags are going to be.

house boards

I got the back­grounds for the house book past­ed down. I sus­pect that once the pieces are fin­ished no-one will see them.

I’m also knit­ting a mohair scarf — a mid-not-very-red pur­ple in a sim­ple eye­let pat­tern. It’s to go with my grey coat. I try to knit in the evening but I’m get­ting so short sight­ed that I need a lot of light to see the stitch­es and some­times I’d rather not have the bright read­ing light on while we’re watch­ing tele­vi­sion.

edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links

Work-in-Progress (19.dec.07)

Much progress has been made on the House of Myth­i­cal Crea­tures. None of which is vis­i­ble in the pho­to. I’m think­ing that I need to build some sort of press for hold­ing the pan­els flat while they dry.

work table picture

Also I noticed after how many weeks? (5, I think) that there is a typo in one of the main pieces of text. Oy.

edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links

Is This Really How You Make Art?

Col­laged paper can get rather thick and lumpy. Get­ting the pan­els stuck down to the mat board took some doing.

Clamping the collaged panels to the mat board

So the House of Myth­i­cal Crea­tures pan­els are now mount­ed on mat board and the back­ers are made and mount­ed. It’s all sit­ting in the press get­ting flat. Tomor­row I’ll fin­ish up the hinges and title blocks.

I’m almost done with this piece of work. I’m hap­py with most of it. That’s as good as it gets. I’m ready for some­thing new.

edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links

W.I.P. fishy-fishy flag book

Play­ing catch-up while away from home. First up, a book that is slow­ly tak­ing shape.

It com­bines a for­mat (flag book), a mate­r­i­al (water­col­or wash­es) and a bit of dog­ger­el that wrig­gled into my head (and sketch­book) a cou­ple of years ago.

The for­mat is the flag book bind­ing. I made a goofy test ver­sion using a tacky post­card from Iowa. As you can see here.

tacky postcard flagbook

If you want a much bet­ter look at the con­struc­tion I sug­gest look­ing over the Bone­fold­er issue . A large col­lec­tion of exam­ples can be found in the gallery of work sub­mit­ted to the 2006 bind-o-rama.

The mate­r­i­al is Arch­es 300# water­col­or paper with wash­es of sev­er­al greens and blues and a bit of some­thing dark. I’ve done two large dou­ble sided sheets so there should be plen­ty to work with.


The dog­ger­el goes like this:

Fishy-fishy in the sea.

Fishy-fishy bring it to me.

Damned if I know what it means.

At the moment I’m imag­in­ing 8 folds in the accor­dion and five flags per “page.” With the flags being irreg­u­lar­ly shaped — per­haps as waves or per­haps as fish. Or maybe wave shapes with fish images that cross waves — or — or…

And that’s how it goes — three ideas thrown togeth­er on a work­ing tray and just hang­ing out togeth­er until some­thing starts to hap­pen.

edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links