So I have veered into the word of Vintage Ephemera……which is a whole new place for me. I was initially inspired by some youtube videos of books/journals that were being made with scrapbook paper ( I bought a whole stack of pads last week from the Poundworld chain of shops that was closing down, purely because they were pretty. I had no plan in mind, I just didn’t want them to go to landfill)
So I was browsing the videos, wondering where they got their images from, found some free image sites, downloaded a few images to see what they looked like, and made this…..
Naturally I had to go with the surrealist in me…..no straightforward matchy matchy for me, oh no. So here we have a steampunk scrapbook page, with random cactus placed along the bottom. The cacti have upturned strawberries as flowers (heh!), and an early 19th century girl stands among the thorny plants waiting for her beloved. He brought along his giant pet bird because he couldn’t find a sitter, but the bird doesn’t mind as he found a friend in the upper left corner. So yeah, that was fun. Off to find some more pics now – apparently vintage is a *thing* just now – who knew?!
I’ll stop in a minute, but you know I get enthusiastic about things once I start!
When it became clear that Rebecca had left her shoes on the last rocket of the evening, the trio struggled to come up with excuses for their parents. Being grounded at the start of the holidays was not a welcoming prospect.
“David the Anthunter”
David knew his teacher would think him so clever for using a disguise to help with the assigned Nature Project at school. Already he imagined the rapturous applause at morning assembly, but what he looked forward to most was bringing his new pet to Show and Tell on Friday……
Hello – Happy Bank Holiday Monday if you have one. If you don’t, and have to go to work, well I hope you have a lovely day anyway! 🙂
I made a couple of paper collages with a stack of old National Geographic magazines that I found in a charity shop over the weekend. Such lovely images and quality paper!
“Edith & The MoonBird”
Edith decided to take control of the situation and release the bird her husband gave her all those years ago. Teetering up the side of the moon in her brand new high heels, she wondered how she was ever going to explain it all to the neighbours. The Post Office was already agog with gossip about her husband disappearing. Edith also wondered if Mrs Henley would like it up here…….
“The Meerkat Kids”
The boys seemed be enjoying the scenery so much, that Bethany decided that now probably wouldn’t be a good time to mention that it was nearly teatime, and she hadn’t eaten since yesterday.
Hello everyone! Perhaps my last post “Skippity Skip” was a tad premature……muscle aches, lethargy, and general flu like symptoms lasted for quite a few days, and today I finally feel a bit better…(she says cautiously)
Anyway…..sewing on wallpaper, whats that all about? Let me tell you then. I have acquired several wallpaper sample books from my lovely local decorating shop, and today I rifled through them wondering how to use them. I tried some collage, but no matter what glue I used, nothing would stick! So I came up with the idea of sewing the pieces on…..a bit bizarre, some might say.
But….there is much to learn with this technique!
Not just the colours, but textures. Shapes and placement. PLUS, the thread colour and style of stitching – whether its part of the design element or not. These are just a couple of practice pieces, but I have more on the go.
Wallpaper structure is very sturdy and doesn’t crease or tear. It can be washed (obviously), and I’m finding it is very like working with textiles in a way. I’m loving this because it incorporates all creativeness in one! Such experimentation to be had. 🙂
I enjoyed making this one – it reminded me of my ridiculous sense of direction. As in I have none. I’m one of those people who cringe if people ask me where a place is, I usually wave vaguely in the general direction of it. (To be fair, the people who ask are normally in cars, and I walk everywhere, so I know of shortcuts, but not roads). Also – now this is bizarre, I admit….but whenever I leave a shop to go into the street, I always turn right. No matter if my destination is the opposite way. Then I just stop and turn around or cross the road if need be, but I always turn right. Even if disembarking a bus or a train, I turn right – I’m going to smack into a wall at this rate, I swear!
This has to be my most favourite collage I have made this week. I love the boys expression as he feeds the bird. This collage lark is really quite fun, and it ends up being quite intuitive. and unplanned. I choose a few images that I like at that moment and try to work them together. Most of the time I end up rummaging around for other bits and bobs that I think might work well and not even use the original images I chose. For example, the boy was going to be sitting on an iceberg in the middle of Space, but I didn’t like the colour combination. So I gave him a flying bird ( an eagle at one point). I spotted this bird amongst the papers I had and loved the way the head looked quizzically backwards, so put the boy on its back as if they were looking at each other. Then I figured it would be really quite cute if the boy had something in his hand, so I gave him a seed (its garlic really, but it looks like a seed) The hand is from a charity shop fashion magazine and was part of a woman with her hands on her hip, all sultry (pfft!) so I chopped off her arm, turned it upside down and put the bird on it. And the background is the sky from a car advert. So it all goes together quite well visually – even though there is no particular message or meaning. Its just fun.
I have been trying out Instagram – basically just to see, y’know? I put up a few new collages I made, and there have been a few likes, but……
…I dunno. I mean, its alright, if you just want a show and tell, and for people to
clap like your stuff, but its not blogging. I do like blogging I must admit.
Its the social-ness of blogging I enjoy – the comments and making friends. With Instagram its just a click and move on. Maybe I’m not being fair, after all its only been a few days, but still…..
Do you use Instagram? if so, what do you like about it and am I just being mean, haha!
If you want to follow me there the link is @scribbleartie
I had a clear up over the weekend and lost 4 collage I had made during the week. Pretty gutted about that, but I made two more. These are space ones (again, yes I have a lot of space backgrounds to use up, sorry about that!)
I quite like this one because the lighting worked out well against his face.
Not too sure about this one…..I like the planets I added at the side, and the turtle, but I feel like the boat is all wrong. The idea is quirky, but just the wrong type of boat. Ah well, its all about the learning I suppose. 🙂
Geekery stuff – well I finally caved in and got myself a new computer. I have wanted one for years, and this old macbook I am working on now is over 7 years old, and was a refurbished model to boot . Its been a regular little workhorse, mind you, and has coped with pretty much all I have thrown at it, until recently it began freezing and stalling and basically refusing to do anything its told while off the mains charge. The battery drains ridiculously quickly, and, well its time to retire it…..kind of. I’m thinking I could use it as back up until it really does die on me. What the new one will allow me to do, is work smarter and faster, without all the rigmarole of emailing myself information and pictures and being chained to the worktable to actually get some work done. So thats a good thing.
Now all I need to do is work tidily….if only there was an app for that.
So I wandered down to the second hand charity warehouse place about 40 mins away. I haven’t been there before, and had no idea of the amount of books it had! Its a veritable goldmine for paper addicts! I collected a few old books and magazines (that were actually destined for landfill, because they had been lying there so long that they were taking up valuable space – can you imagine!! Throwing out books – what??)
I made these two collages with Nat Geo magazines and a foreign book from 1960 on Latvia, (apparently)
I like the look on this guys face “I’m just out for a spot of fishing, love, what d’you think you’re playing at, being all come hither?! I’m a married man!!” (only in Latvian, not like the Peter Kaye voice I had going on in my head!)
I also have a couple of works in progress going on. I discovered that if you put eyes on something, it takes on a whole new life……
Amazing what eyes on an apple and a glass of wine can turn into, eh?
Recently I have become a bit obsessed with collage……
It hasn’t been something I have done at all in my creative life – I was always very much
an idiot someone who believed that using other peoples images was wrong and you would be sent to hell, blah, blah, blah. But then after playing around and realising that the very meaning of collage was to repurpose other images (especially those destined for the rubbish bin) and make them your own, I relaxed a bit.
It became quite amusing to see what I could come up with……
The whole surrealism of placing images next to others that have no connection with each other really appeals to me, although the actual cutting out of said images is quite an ordeal. You have no idea what my floor looks like……actually you probably do, but for newbies to the blog – (Hello and welcome!) its a world of chaos right there on its own.
So yes, I’m feeling fairly pleased with myself about now. This might be a new obsession…….