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You are You (Collage)

Dr Seuss has the best quotes.  In all the silliness of his stories, there is endless wisdom and truth, much of which makes far more sense than anything else going on in our world right now.  Sometimes we need reminding that we are all unique and different – and that that is a GOOD thing – not something to be hidden away or changed.  Who wants to be like everyone else?  Not me!  Although a little bit of “normal” would be nice from time to time.  Just so I can interact with people on a regular basis and not have them wondering what planet I’m from, ha ha.

I created this collage for a special family member who celebrated a birthday last week.  I worked on it for a few weeks, in between doing other things, and got it finished just in time.  I hope she liked it.  And can ignore the dots I smudged after the last word 🙂

Hope you are all having a good day – thank you for stopping in x

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Faithful Friend (Collage)

A bit brighter (and definitely pinker!) than my usual style, this one.  But it is good for one’s brain to try new things and break out of comfort zones (I know this because I am reading about and researching neurobics right now for work – I might do a post on that another time).  Besides, pink is a nice cheerful colour and who doesn’t need an extra dash of cheer these days?

I was particularly fond of this birdie because he or she was gripping a branch, which meant no cutting-out of tiny little toes and claws.  Bonus!  Last night I was cutting out tiny shoe-laces on another piece and nearly sent myself blind.  Why do I do this to myself?  And I am RUBBISH at using a craft knife (I have mentioned this before) – I am forever accidentally hacking pieces off that should very much stay attached.  So annoying!  Scissors are my friend (my faithful friend?), and I will use them in preference to anything else.  I just have better control with them

Hope you are having a cheerful and bright day today – thanks for dropping by 🙂

 

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Transform and Change (Collages)

A couple of teeny collages that I created very quickly and with minimal tantrum-throwing.  These two behaved themselves very well and didn’t cause me any issues.  Even the stamped letters cooperated and didn’t go too squiffy.  I sometimes think I should just stick to butterfly collages because they rarely cause me problems and are much better for my blood pressure 🙂

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Having real problems getting any matt gel medium which is driving me nutty… Everyone seems to have run out or just doesn’t stock it or has inferior brands which I have already had the misfortune of trialling.  And don’t get me started on Mod Podge – not a fan (after having just bought a big tub of it).  So I am eking out the last little bit of gel medium I have until I can source some more.  Not exactly an Earth-shattering problem, considering everything else that is happening in our world right now but still…it’s cramping my creative style dammit!

So, these little collages were done quickly and with minimum impact on my dwindling supply of gel medium.  Which is important in my little corner of the Universe.  I’d give up all the gel medium in the world to help all those people struggling with the hurricane in the U.S. though.   So awful 😦   I keep hearing the reports on the radio and it is so distressing, as it was with Katrina.  I can only imagine how terrifying it all is to be in the midst of it.  Wish they all had wings with which to fly to safety.

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Thank you all for stopping by – hope your home and loved ones are safe and protected x

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I am a Goat Girl (Collage)

Greetings!  Another weekend gone by and another Monday rears its ugly head…well I guess that just means its another day closer to Friday, right?

I had a busy weekend with not much time for crafting.  I had some family drama to sort out and some friends who needed help, so I only had a few hours on Sunday to get some arty time in.  I worked on a few different collages and, I think, due to my distracted mind, completely screwed most of them up.  Ugh – so annoying.  I had nearly completed one and then I added some stamped words and TOTALLY RUINED IT.  Gah!  It wasn’t salvageable at all so I will have to paint over it and start again.  Makes me so sad.

Anyway, I did complete one just for me.  I’d had a few collages pieces ready to go together to make this little winged goat girl, and it was time to get her properly cut out and stuck together (before I lost parts of her – I have a terrible habit of whistling while I work which means I am forever blowing things off my table and losing them!).

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I had to re-draw her little shoes because much of them were cut off or obscured by the foliage near her feet.  I think I did an ok job.

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I screwed up the scalloping on the top and bottom of the canvas – they should be the other way around – but I am hoping no one notices the words are upside down!  I also stamped the words a bit, um, wonkily. But I am trying not to let that bother me.  Perfection is boring, right?  Somebody please say yes!

Overall, I was pretty happy with it.  It’s for me and I don’t often make things to keep.  But the words are from one of my favourite songs (see lyrics below) and it just felt like something I wanted to have for myself, for once.   And yes, they are my raccoon pj pants you can see in the background…

Hope you are having a good day and doing your brutish best
to find some joy and creativity (even if you screw up the words and get things wrong).

🙂

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Goat Girl – Lyrics by Tanya Donelly (from the Album Love Songs for Underdogs)

See my child my past
Hoping yours is a blast
I park my heart in your driveway now I’m healing hell
I wanted a lion but I ended up with a man who wanted a gazelle
But I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  Iam a goat girl
And I do my brutish best
See my child my past
Hoping yours will last
I park my heart in your driveway now I’m healing hell
I wanted a lion but I ended up with a man who wanted a gazelle
But I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  I am goat girl  I am a goat girl
Thinking goatish thoughts
Dreaming goatish dreams
Digging up tin cans
Chewing on your sleeve
And I do my brutish best

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Altered Tribe

Hello everyone.  I hope you are well and enjoying the Spring or Autumn weather (whichever applies to you!).  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those suffering in the midst of the hurricanes and whatnot that are happening right now.  Dreadful business.  I keep thinking about all the animals that will be lost and frightened (and of course the people who are in the same situation).  So many terrorist incidents everywhere too.  The world is just not a safe place any more.  I sometimes think human beings are the least human beings of all.

Which brings me to my current arty obsession which is taking over my craft room (and life).  I am still making lots of collages, but now a few of them are featuring characters from what I like to call my “Altered Tribe”.  Part human, part animal or bird (or a combination of all three!), these “people” are a bit of an homage to Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up routine, where he said “To hell with the world, I can make my own people!” (when talking about becoming a parent).  Well, sort of.  Mostly, they’re just an indication of how much I like to cut stuff out (and usually give myself a headache in the process because I seem to always be cutting out teeny tiny fiddly bits).

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I like to add wings to everything (you may have noticed this before) and antlers are also something I love.  Who doesn’t love antlers???  They make things more magical and mythical somehow.  Pop a pretty vintage lady’s head on a bird’s body and bung some antlers on and – hey presto! – you’re making your own people!  I’m particularly fond of birds of prey – those big feet and talons are lovely – but wrens or robins, ducks or doves make me just as happy.

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It can be tricky matching the right head with the right body etc.  If they head isn’t angled in the right way, it can throw the whole thing off.  So I spend ages going through my collage files to find just the right pieces to go together.  Cue more headaches.  I recently bought some nice old children’s books to cut up – they have lots of wonderful illustrations of all sorts of animals, birds and children.

So, I have lots of works-in-progress happening right now.  I try and do lots of prep in the evenings so I can accomplish more on the weekends.  I don’t want to waste too much time base-coating or fiddling about looking for pieces when I am in creation mode.  I just want to get stuck in and make stuff.

This isn’t the first time I’ve made these creatures – they’ve popped up every now and then in my cards and collages over the years.  But right now I am really enjoying bringing them into being and am loving sourcing new body parts!  Gives me another excuse to trawl through op-shops and find more old books 🙂  I’m also trying to branch out into other critters – hares and horses and dogs, to name a few.  There’s really no limit to what can be utilised and put together.  So expect to see a few donkey-rabbit-fish hybrids!

What would your “tribe” look like?
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Higher Power (Collage)

I am a bit obsessed by crows.  Crows, ravens, any black bird really.  Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know!  I think part of me loves them because they can sometimes be the outcast, shunned and unpopular.  People say all sorts of nonsense about crows.  It wouldn’t be like that if they were pure white, or even brown.  But black somehow makes them evil and cunning and bad to have around.

Working with them in art work can be tricky, because they are so dark.  It can be hard to design something around them that incorporates that darkness.  They will naturally be the focus of whatever you put them in, and tend to suit more monochromatic colour schemes, or darker hues at least.

To me, they suit a somehow spiritual, almost religious theme, and symbolise strength and self-belief, opportunity and thought.  So, this collage came together with that in mind.  Mr Crow here could almost be wearing a monocle and a top hat (damn – why didn’t I think of that earlier?!) – he’s very dashing and proud.  He is definitely his own higher power.  Ain’t nobody making him do anything he doesn’t wanna do – he makes his own decisions and has faith in himself!  He answers (caw caw!) to no one but his own inner being.  He is clever and brave and inventive.

He will, however, feel no shame at all about going through your rubbish bins, or eating gross, dead things off the road 🙂

Thanks for stopping by – have faith in yourselves today x

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