COLLAGE AND ALTERED ART

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This website is a portfolio of my work in collage and assemblage


I see beauty in everyday objects from the past and like to re-purpose them in  artful ways in my pieces. A trio of old door knobs, well worn from all that opening and shutting, the patina is perfect. An ordinary document, for the sale of a parcel of land, so beautifully written, on parchment paper. Here are my attempts to give them new life and a new history.

CREARTFUL DODGER STUDIO TOUR AND SALE

COWICHAN ARTISANS 2022 SPRING STUDIO TOUR MAY 13, 14, 15. 10 am to 5 pm.

I am excited to invite you to visit my studio during the Tour weekend. Address is 1010 Redcap ST. Duncan BC. in beautiful Maple Bay on Vancouver Island.

Here is a link to the tour map.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1I7HTnjJnnKjDaWiC7NO7PY8qQzt-t-wE&ll=48.75533810220193%2C-123.74256545&z=12

I have lots of exciting new works to show. There will be a sale table under the tent in the garden. You can visit my gallery and work room, explore all my unusual art supplies and learn more about Collage and Assemblage Art.

The Gallery and Workshop

A sneak peek at some of the pieces available during the tour

Something Bout A Boat

Something bout a boat sitting on the sea

out there on the wind

floating on the free

take you round the world

bring you back home

gives a man hope something about a boat.

The ephemera: original atlas maps, old french documents from the 1800s, tiny vintage flags, ration coupons, vintage stamps.

Size 16 inches by 24 inches.

Natural History Boxes

Collecting and Arranging were in her nature.

Natural History Shadow box
Naturalist Box ( SOLD before the glue was dry)

The ephemera: original antique document from the 1800s

The found objects: vintage bicycle wrench, African dancing fruit, seed pod from Costa Rica, antique key, turkey tail fungus, tomatillo skeleton, tart tin, magic slide, paper wasp nest, bird’s nest and egg, lichen, antique copper nails, vials of green china paint,antique film bobbin, antique industrial bobbin, vintage castors

Nature Collection

The ephemera: original french documents from the 1800s, vintage dictionary page

The found objects: magic slides, antique key, typewriter coil, kiwi vine, seed pods from Costa Rica, bird’s egg, butterfly wing, drift wood, bird bones, tiny antique vials

Curious Collection in the Works

Mostly known for my Collage Art Work, I also love to make assemblage boxes.

Here is a window into my process.

I have begun the process for two new Nature themed Boxes. I have covered the boxes with antique papers and have collected oddities from nature and found objects from the past.

Now comes the fun part…selecting and arranging. What will make the cut and what goes back in the collection for a future project?

My studio work table

Some of the treasures: seed heads, egg, nest, vials , stones, fungus, magic slides , features, paper wasp nest….

what to choose?

Arranging

Stay tuned for the two finished pieces.

Reverse Image Transfer Technique for Collage and Mixed Media

An instructional post for Collage Artists and Mixed Media Artists.

Here is a link to my Instagram where you can watch a short video about Reverse Image Transfer using Gold Soft Gel Matte Medium.

This is the technique I used for the work in my last two blog posts: Parrots and Treasures from Nature.

Reverse Image Transfer is a great way to add a difficult to cut out image to your work and to layer an image on text, allowing the background writing to show through your image.

I would suggest practising this a few times before trying it on your art work.

Cut out around the image you wish to transfer ( mine was printed on 100 percent rag paper, using an ink jet printer). Apply a generous even layer of Golden Soft Gel Semi-gloss matte medium to the right side of the image, carefully covering the entire image. Place the image face down on your art work. Press firming with your fingers, then with a brayer, palette knife or old credit card to remove air bubbles and ensure proper adhesion. Let dry over night.

Soak back of image with warm water using a wet cloth, let it sit for 10 minutes. Start to rub away the paper, using your fingers or a damp cloth. Be careful not to rub away the image.

Allow to dry. Finish off with a thin layer of matte medium.

Voilà!

Parrots Parrots Parrots

‘Can one tire of the beauty of parrots do think Pip? ‘ she sighed.

‘ I don’t see how Ariadne old thing, they are just too damned decorative don’t you know? ‘ Pip remarked jauntily.

Parrots in the Conservatory

Parrots in the Conservatory

Parrots in the Greenhouse

Parrots in the Greenhouse

Parrots in the Garden

Parrots in the Garden

The ephemera: original vintage documents from the 1800s; original vintage calligraphy practice; decorative papers; high quality reproductions of antique natural history illustrations of parrots and budgerigars

The Size: 8 inches by 8 inches

Nature’s Treasures

Featuring beautiful Papers with a nod to Nature.

Stones and Ripples

Natural Beauty: Stones and Ripples

Shards and feather

Nature’s Beauty: shards and feather

Moths and feather : SOLD 🙂

Nature’s beauty moths and feather

The Ephemera: decorative papers, hand made mulberry paper from Hanoi, original antique manuscripts from the 1800s, vintage receipt vintage calligraphy, vintage graphs, vintage stamp.

The Found Objects: vintage microscope slide, pottery shards from France, stones, vintage silk thread, feathers

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

Chemistry Crows

Chemistry Crows concocting curious combinations of chemicals…

calculated or chaos?

Experimental Crow
Chemistry Crow SOLD 🙂
Professor Raven

The ephemera: Original Bill Heads and Notary Documents from the 1800s, photos of crows and raven, old chemistry lab illustrations.

The found objects: Antique stop watch parts, old pen nibs, tiny light bulbs, vintage microscope slide, tiny vintage keys, 1925 royal typewriter parts, vintage Celtic pendant.

Size: 8 inches by 8 inches