Rainy day games

Rainy day, nursery games. Banished to the nursery, the sisters had oodles of time  to play games. Unbeknown to the parents,  poker was fast becoming a favourite when nanny was on her tea break.

 

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The ephemera: vintage bingo card, various bits of vintage paper, high quality reproduction of  vintage photo of young girls.

The found objects: clay poker chip, vintage lotto game piece.

Friends of Marie Antoinette

 

I recently found a beautiful library card, with due date stamps from the 40’s  inside an old book entitled Friend of Marie Antoinette. I could not resist imagining some friends for the beleaguered Marie. So voilà my new favourite book mark has come to be.

Front side: Get thee to a nunnery Marie.  Back side: Marie and her friends were all in time out for not sharing.

 

The ephemera: Original 1940’s library card, fiscal marks from old French documents, high quality reproductions of vintage photos on 100% rag paper.

Fish according to Hoyle

He had read all the rules, and according to Hoyle, he had played his cards right.

So why was he still playing the field? Why was still going home alone every night?

He looked like an angel with his colours so bright.

I guess he had just not got the point of the game quite right.

collage art

 

The ephemera: Torn Spine from Card Game Rules By Hoyle; original French legal document from 1800’s; original vintage book page on design and drafting; high quality copy of natural history image of an angel fish.

Size: small 5 inches square on wooden block

Tour de France

He was off on his own Tour de France. He would camp on the banks of the canals and eat fromage and chocolat, savouring every minute.

Collage art

 

The ephemera:  Vintage map of France; old image of bicycle; vintage bird cage image, natural history image of crow; antique French legal document.

Mixed collage: digital and traditional

SOLD

The owl or the egg?

What came first the owl or the egg?

Well it depends on which direction you are travelling.

collage art

The ephemera: vintage letter from 1822; image of vintage bicycle; reproduction of antique map of japan; reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl, vintage image of a bird’s egg, vintage French stamp.

Size: 7 inches square

SOLD

A bicycle built for two

“Hurray, road trip!” she exclaimed, “I’ve got the map, I shoddy the front seat”.

“Hold on,” he replied “curb your enthusiasm, so we get there in one piece” as he applied the breaks.

encaustic collage

Inspired by a recent holiday with the mister. This is how it goes down for us.

The ephemera : Ledger page for 1901; map of Scandinavia 1933; photo of tree in winter; vintage bicycle image; two pictures of ravens.   Encaustic wax top layer.

Size: 12 inches square on wooden cradle.

Murder Mystery: Death in the Clouds

Death in the Clouds. Madame Giselle, a famous French money lender, is found dead in her seat on a flight from Paris to Croydon. Was it a wasp sting, that proved fatal or something more sinister at play?

Agatha Christie

collage art

 

The ephemera: Vintage church registry from Halifax; old mugshot; vintage aviation photo; vintage airmail sticker, natural history illustration of bees

Size : 5 inches square on wooden block

Roman policer: la plume empoisonnée

Elle s’est suicidée, c’est une de ces saletés de lettres anonymes!

On peut dire qu’on l’y a forcée à l’aide de cette plume empoisonnée.

Arrive l’intrépide Miss Marple.

Agatha Christie

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The ephemera: vintage atlas map 1933; vintage poison labels, reproduction of vintage mugshot, vintage game piece.

Thank you Word Press Discover

discover-badge-circle   One week ago  I had the honour to be featured on Word Press Discover. This has led to a sudden leap in new followers. I would like to thank you all for visiting, following and liking my work. I appreciate all the positiveness.

I am off to the tropics for a couple of weeks and will be off the grid.

W.

 Lets go to Costa Rica Song 

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Spies in disguise

Spies in disguise

They fired up the zeppelin.

They donned their disguise.

They readied the camera.

Their mission … was classified.

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The ephemera: reproductions of :camera patent, registry page, vintage photo of a zeppelin.

The found objects: vintage typewriter key, an old tag.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden blocks

 

Blackbird in Winter

He saw the first signs of spring and was wistful.

If only winter would be 3 1/2 weeks longer, he sighed.

encaustic collage of black bird altered mail

The ephemera: French legal document 1869; vintage stamps, old map of Ontario, Canada; photo of tree in winter; high quality copy of black bird illustration; label from a tool drawer.

The methods:  gel medium reverse transfer; encaustic wax.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden block

Winter Raven

There were a million reasons to stay for the winter but still he hankered for the south with it’s warmth and sunshine. He left a quick note and was off, just like that, decision made. encaustic collage

The ephemera: antique French letter from 1800s; Map from 1921 atlas,  old label from tool chest, vintage stamps and high quality copy of natural history illustration of a raven.

Size: 7 inches square, encaustic wax on wooden block.

Octopus En Route

Pacific Octopus, en route! On his way! Coming soon! In transit! Delivering! Dashed off! In the post! Expedited!

octopus collage

The ephemera:  Map from 1933 Atlas; original French legal document 1878; original vintage stamp; original vintage registered mail sticker; original chapter label; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an  octopus.

Size: 5 inches square    SOLD at the teeny tiny Art Show .

Crabbing on the Black Sea

Crabbing on the Black Sea

Won’t you come along with me?

I’ll share with you, if you share with me.

Crabs enough for all, you see.

crab collage

The ephemera:  original atlas map from 1933; original airmail sticker; original stamp, original legal document 1894; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of a crab.

Size: 5 inches square on wooden block

SOLD at the teeny tiny Art Show

État Civil et Expéditions

State of Civility. That was what he hoped he would find. Would his expeditions lead him there?

owl collage

The ephemera: Original French document 1800’s; original postal stamps; original airmail sticker; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl.

Size: 5 inches square

SOLD at the teeny tiny artshow

Monsieur le Curé

Monsieur le Curé

Received his letter,

delivered by owl, so carefully.

Would he listen to the impassioned plea,

to accept others, that did not follow the same religion, as he.

owl collage

SOLD at the Teeny Tiny Art Show

The ephemera: original back ground papers: atlas page from 1933, French letter to Monsieur Le Curé 1877, vintage stamps and postal stickers; high quality scan of natural history illustration of an owl

Size: 5 inches square on wooden block

Sibylla’s Collection

A Commission piece for Sibylla: cycling, skiing and travel all in a collection.

The Nine Tiles are placed in an angled  frame without sides. they can be moved around as suits Sibylla’s whim. Each tile has it’s own composition but is part of the whole piece.

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The ephemera: old travel hotel labels, vintage images of bicycles, 100 year old French letter, vintage air mail stickers, old maps, family photos, old lift tickets, vintage travel tickets, patents for ski equipment, image of vintage wooden skis, maps of ski hill, vintage world atlas maps, vintage German world clock poster old Eiffel tower poster.

Size: each tile 5 inches square, entire collection 15 inches square.

 

 

Infinity and beyond

Infinity and beyond, he declared, as he spread his wings, and set his gaze towards the heavens.

cabinet of curiosities collage

The ephemera: old french document 1800’s, vintage poison label, old photo b.p.l., vintage anatomy illustration.

Found object: vintage house number

Size: 8 inch square on wooden block

Interdiction de l’emploi des cerfs-volants

The rules were always for others, never for him. Everything was pared down to the bares bones, the essentials.

cabinet of curiosities collage

Commission for mon ami Deni qui aime l’histoire naturelle, les curiosités et la juxtaposition des éléments incongrus.

Size: 8 inch square on wooden block. Part one of a set of three.

The ephemera: page from 1800s school book, old receipt, old rules flyer, vintage anatomy illustration, natural history image of a black beetle.

The found object: antique optical lens.