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Fishy Fish Collage

This collage came about not, as you might think, because I am a Monty Python fan (I’m not), or because I like fishing (I don’t), but because I had to cover up an existing collage I had done (and completely botched) and couldn’t think of anything fish-related in terms of a quote to go with the picture.  As soon as I put the fish on there, all I could think about was the scene in Monty Python’s Meaning of Life where the strange man with the long wonky arms and his equally strange transsexual man/woman friend discuss the loss of a beloved fish.  It goes something like this :

STRANGE MAN: I wonder where that fish has gone.

STRANGE WOMAN: You did love it so. You looked after it like a son.

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

STRANGE WOMAN: Is it in the cupboard?

AUDIENCE: Yes! Yes! No!…

STRANGE WOMAN: Wouldn’t you like to know? It was a lovely little fish.

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: It’s behind the sofa!

STRANGE WOMAN: Where can that fish be?

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Have you thought of the drawers in the bureau?!

RANDOM: Shh!

STRANGE WOMAN: It is a most elusive fish!

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

STRANGE WOMAN: Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!

STRANGE MAN: A-fish, a-fish, a-fish, a-fishy, ooooh.

STRANGE WOMAN: Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!

STRANGE MAN: That went wherever I did go.

So, with this playing disturbingly in my brain, I made this collage.  I was compelled, or possibly possessed…  Anyway, I do like creating things with fish on them.  They are the birds of the sea, and quite beautiful.  I am still thinking about giving this one a monocle.  I feel he needs one…  Thoughts?

Hope you’re having a happy day and keeping track of your fishies! 🙂

 

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With Brave Wings Collage

Another tiny butterfly collage (about 4 x 4″).  I seem to be using a lot more pinks these days.  This may well be because I am running low on patterned papers and I am just trying to use what I have, rather than buying any more.  Or maybe I just like pink more than I used to…  Anyway, I like the colour combos used here.  I DO NOT like the big paintbrush hair that is stuck on with gel medium (look closely near the right antennae) but, happily, it has almost seamlessly morphed into the flourish of script nearby.  So, hopefully no one will notice.  Except that I just told you.  Look away, look away!

Not sure that my own wings are very brave these days.  Tentative, maybe.  Anxious, definitely.  But brave?  I’m still working on that one.

Thanks for stopping by.  May your wings be brave and your antennae free from pesky paintbrush hairs! 🙂

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Weird & Wonderful

I’ve been hanging on to this collage for a while and haven’t quite finished it (gotta paint the sides and finish off a bit of detailing) but it’s close enough…

I have it on pretty good authority that most ladylike mermaids keep a pigeon on their shoulder.  It distracts the eye from one’s bosom, if one’s bosom is uncovered.  However, this mermaid is particularly modest and keeps covered up.  So her pigeon is more of fashion statement than a practical piece of adornment with a purpose.  I’m not sure if the giant pink shell is a hat or just a thing she likes to carry around with her to match her outfit.  Maybe it’s some kind of mermaid ninja throwing star or something.

Hope you and your weekend are weird and wonderful.  Be Happy.  Be You 🙂

 

 

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Rest in Your Nest

A silly little collage, this one.  But I think the sentiment is fairly relevant.  At least to me anyway.  Home is where I go to rest and recharge and, yes, hide, more often than not.  I’m not sure how an albatross fits in with that but, hey, let’s not get too deep here.  Sometimes an albatross is just an albatross, right?

I’ve been reading up on introverts and highly sensitive people, both of which I am, and most of the stuff I’ve read says it is important for us to recharge and to find quiet places in which to do that.  So, for me, that’s home.  Or anywhere near the ocean.  Maybe that’s where the albatross comes in?  🙂

Hope your home is safe and happy sanctuary, today and always x

 

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Go Placidly

Today’s collage contains a line from one of my favourite prose/poem by Max Ehrmann, The Desiderata, that I talked about in a post a few years back.  It took me ages to find just the right quote for this little duck lady.  She seemed very elegant and poised and I wanted something that was appropriate for her.  I did a very shonky letter-stamping job to start with (oh! the tantrums!) and had to collage some paper over the top of it, nearly ruining the whole piece, but I think I (just) saved it in the end.  Instead of risking more wonky lettering, I stamped them first on to old book paper before cutting them out and sticking them down.  Sometimes I can stamp directly onto the piece I’m working on and I do just fine – nice and straight.  At other times it looks like I have been drinking.  A lot.

So, in the end, I was quite pleased with this piece.  It came together relatively quickly and with minimum fuss (dodgy stamping and minor conniptions aside).

Thank you for stopping by – hope you have a placid, peaceful day 🙂

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Nourish (Because Sometimes Doorknobs Just Fall Off)

It’s late at night.  You’re hungry.  You know you shouldn’t raid the pantry but to hell with diets and the whole “don’t eat after 8pm at night” nonsense (what am I, a gremlin?).  Time to check out what snacks are available to us.  

Enter kitchen.  Attempt to open pantry door.  Door knob falls off in hand – DISASTER! 

What can you do?  a.) Forget about the whole thing and go to bed, sad and unsatisfied?  b.) Try the fridge instead?  c.) Rummage through your handbag to see if there’s a long-forgotten mint or something?  d.) Wrench the pantry door open with a knife and vow to put a new door knob on tomorrow?  If you answered “all of the above except A”, you’d be correct.  Let’s face it, A was never an option. 

My house has many features that are, through age or just crappy design, falling off/breaking down/not performing so well.  Doorknobs are one example.  I’ve replaced several now in different rooms but, for the kitchen, decided to go with something a bit more jazzy.  I probably shouldn’t draw attention to my pantry (it’s not like I’m not VERY FAMILIAR with it already!) but I wanted to do this little project and not have to open the door with a knife 🙂

These little wooden doorknobs are currently available at Kmart, in Australia, for $1.00 each.  One dollar!  I do not want to know where the materials were sourced from at such a price – it would probably hurt my brain.  They had different shaped ones too, but I bought the regular round one.  I collaged on various scraps of patterned papers and washi tape, then (using a stencil I had made) draw on a heart shape.  I then painted the doorknob all over in blue, leaving out the heart-shaped area.  Details were added with permanent black pencil, a white paint pen and a bit of stamped text.  The whole thing was sealed and varnished and voila!  It was done.  (It looks a bit “cloudy” in places because I had literally just finished sealing it so nothing had dried before I took the photo).  I sanded back the edges slightly too, just to give a bit of extra detail.

So, an easy, inexpensive little decorator project that could be applied to lots of furniture and household items.  I’m still thinking I should have stamped “DO NOT ENTER” instead of “NOURISH” on my doorknob, but I will try and have some willpower of my own, instead of expecting inanimate objects to guide me and tell me what to do (or, in this case, what NOT to do) when I get the midnight munchies.

🙂

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Cultivate Your Dreams

Hello everyone.  (Does anyone else have trouble knowing how to start their blog posts? Sometimes I get completely stumped after “Hello Everyone”.) 

This little mixed-media piece was worked on over the course of several weeks. I had some issues with it and it has been changed quite a few times.  I’m still not quite sure if I like it, but I have to say “enough is enough” eventually, otherwise I waste time on this one piece when I could be starting new ones.

The little “fence” posts at the bottom of the canvas are actually canvas keys  – they’re those wooden bits you get that are supposed to stretch the canvas to make it more taut and prevent future sagging.  But, because I am lazy, I used them here as part of my picture, instead of actually bothering to stretch my canvas 🙂

As for “Cultivating your Dreams”…. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was a simple as popping a couple of dream seedlings into a pot and watching them grow?  Feeding and watering them, gathering any fruit or blooms they produced?  I suppose, in theory, it is that simple, but you have to put in the hard work to prepare the soil and make sure the conditions are right.  If you neglect your dream seedling, it will shrivel up and die.

Wow, that was a bit deep…

I hope your dreams are alive and well, and ready to blossom at any moment.  May they bear lots of fruit and keep you nourished in hard times.

🙂

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