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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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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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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