Category Archives: Collage/Mixed Media

2003 Calendar – December

Here’s a project I did in 2001-2002 that I had forgotten about. Now, here in 2022-2023, I will take a trip down memory lane and show it to you, once each month.

Why this schedule? Because it is a calendar. For 2003.

I made three of these – one for my son, one for my parents, and one for my husband. It’s the last one that I am showing to you. They were all alike except for the covers.

I hoped this calendar could be a small record of a certain time in our family. I do not know if my son still has his version, and my parents now are dead and their things scattered and gone, but here is the one we still have at our house, a voice speaking up again from the past.

If you want to know more about this calendar, look here.

Again! The December image is missing from my archives. It was called “December Journey” and it showed commuters getting on to the commuter train in Glenside, PA. I worked in the city for many years, as did my husband, and this scene was part of our lives for decades.

Here is the page in the calendar.

Happy December!

The notes all speak for themselves, I think.

Here’s another collage with a December theme, to make up for the missing one. It’s called “Driving in December” and it was 11″ x 14″. It depicts the bridge over the railroad tracks in Wyncote, PA, at the Jenkintown-Wyncote station, from the Wyncote side.

Tiny House: Multiples

You may remember some Tiny Houses I made a few months ago, Numbers 10, 11, and 12. I wrote a post describing in detail how I made them. They are smaller than my other Tiny Houses because I create them from the small cardboard boxes tea bags come in (such as Yogi tea or the like, with 20 tea bags).

I also cover the surfaces with papier mache, and then I decorate them, as opposed to how I have done the bigger ones, where I collage, draw, or paint right on the surface.

I’ve sort of got a little sub-genre going here of TH’s, it seems, and I’m working in a series right now, constructing each one similarly but giving it individuality through its decoration or variations in roof structure, window placement, etc.

It’s fun, and I guess I’ll keep going until I get tired of it.

So, take a look. Here we have Tiny Houses 13, 15, and 16. I made the latter two at the same time, with #13 being done on its own. That’s why they are photographed differently. This is their front interior view. I think you could store little objects inside if you wanted to.

Here is Tiny House 13.

And here are Tiny House 15 and 16.

All right. I’ll keep drinking tea and there will be some more TH’s like these coming along sometime, I think.

Tiny House 14

I’ve been friends for quite a few years now with a wonderful artist I’ve never met in person. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Here is the story: Nancy Bell Scott and I met through mail art, and we have exchanged artworks through the US Mail for some time. Next thing you know, we corresponded through email, and then…we are friends.

Before I go any further, take a look at her work. If you are like me, the glowing colors, the delicate papers, and the punctuation of the inked black lines will draw you in, again and again. I think you will also be interested in her use of asemic writing (it was through her work that I first heard of asemic writing, in fact). And I’d also like to say she gives her works the best titles ever – they are stories in themselves.

I made her a Tiny House not too long ago and sent it to her. Here are some photos. Here are views of the front, interior, and sides.

Here are some more shots of the interior:

And here are some angled shots of interior rooms. I know I am showing a lot, but I hope this way you can get a sense of how the decor appears in each room. With each wall that I construct, that is two surfaces to embellish (which suits me fine!)

A few more detail shots. I especially like the front door on this house. (You see it below as the orange rectangle. I used a hole puncher to make the array of holes (you might recognize the interior of the door in this way, in the earlier photos).

I think it would be fantastic to have a real door with small round windows scattered all over it like this.

I also like the roof – I used coffee holders for the roofing material.

How about a couple of views of the Tiny House 14 in an environment? Here it is on my desk:

And here it is out in the wilds of my back yard.

Well, that’s it for Tiny House 14, now settled in a new location. I hope it gives enjoyment for a long time.

2003 Calendar – November

Here’s a project I did in 2001-2002 that I had forgotten about. Now, here in 2022-2023, I will take a trip down memory lane and show it to you, once each month.

Why this schedule? Because it is a calendar. For 2003.

I made three of these – one for my son, one for my parents, and one for my husband. It’s the last one that I am showing to you. They were all alike except for the covers.

I hoped this calendar could be a small record of a certain time in our family. I do not know if my son still has his version, and my parents now are dead and their things scattered and gone, but here is the one we still have at our house, a voice speaking up again from the past.

If you want to know more about this calendar, look here.

Once again I am missing the image of the picture I used for this month in the calendar. It was called “November City” and depicted a view familiar to me from my years of working just south of City Hall in Philadelphia. This image is looking west on Market Street from City Hall.

Here is the page in the calendar.

Happy November!

As to the notes, #1 – the most important day in the year! My birthday! #8 – At this time I was taking Spanish classes at Arcadia University, just for my own enjoyment. I’m no longer able to speak or read much, but back then I learned enough to follow telenovelas. I taped each episode and then my family and I watched it, with me pausing the tape to translate if needed, but, telenovelas are generally very dramatic and the action spoke for itself. #9 Ahhh, that fluffy lavender robe!

As an extra, here are some other November-themed collages I made over the years:

Wordless Storybook Pages 23 and 24

In 2021 I completed a wordless artist book for my little granddaughter, who was about a year old at the time. I produced it by converting a discarded kid’s library book, using the same process I’ve used for similar books in the past.

Look here if you want to see more about how I make these books and to view one of my past books.

This particular volume does have a story, though. I had been working on it off and on for a long time and getting nowhere. Other projects kept coming along. One day I took it out to see about finishing it up and to consider what I might write to accompany the images. It struck me that it was fine just as it was, without words.

And I thought my granddaughter might like it when she is a little older, and she can make up stories to go with the pictures herself.

Like the content, the cover has no words. The book has no title. I guess it can be called whatever the reader wants.

Here are the next two pages. Want to make up your own story?

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Now you’ve reached the end of the book. Thank you for reading, viewing, and imagining!

Wordless Storybook Pages 21 and 22

In 2021 I completed a wordless artist book for my little granddaughter, who was about a year old at the time. I produced it by converting a discarded kid’s library book, using the same process I’ve used for similar books in the past.

Look here if you want to see more about how I make these books and to view one of my past books.

This particular volume does have a story, though. I had been working on it off and on for a long time and getting nowhere. Other projects kept coming along. One day I took it out to see about finishing it up and to consider what I might write to accompany the images. It struck me that it was fine just as it was, without words.

And I thought my granddaughter might like it when she is a little older, and she can make up stories to go with the pictures herself.

Like the content, the cover has no words. The book has no title. I guess it can be called whatever the reader wants.

Here are the next two pages. Want to make up your own story?

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Tiny People

Tiny Houses. Tiny Furniture. Now…Tiny People.

I made these figures by creating a framework of crushed paper, rolled papers, and tape. Then I did papier mache over them, and painted them with acrylics. I left their arms, legs, and heads mostly unpainted. The heads in particular are made from grocery bag paper.

They are of varying sizes, since I made up things as I went along. They can certainly live in a Tiny House and use Tiny Furniture, though. Because as you know, in the small world, everything fits and we don’t worry about perfection.

Here is the group so far. You may say, why are they all women? And I will say, Because.

I decided to give them all a favorite outfit of mine, the dress/tunic over leggings. Comfortable in all situations.

I especially like the lime green/pink combo. It was inspired by the Lilly Pulitzer look I first saw in my college days, worn by residents of the Philadelphia Main Line town where my college was located, and I loved it the minute I saw it.

Here is a closeup of one of the figures:

This group also includes a cat:

Here is the whole group and the furniture I mentioned in previous posts.

More Tiny Furniture

You may remember my Tiny Houses. And then there was Tiny Furniture.

Now I have made some more Tiny Furniture.

I’m not going to go into the processes I used in making these pieces – if you want to know the details here they are in my earlier Furniture post – but instead I will get right to showing them to you.

Let me say up front, I don’t adhere to any scale or try to make them realistic in proportions; I just work with the materials and see what comes about.

OK, let’s get started.

Here is a refrigerator. I used a box as the basis for the piece and added shelves and a freezer and crisper drawer. I also made that little slice of cake.

Next, some chairs and a table.

Now, how about a sofa? I used another small box for the base and then I padded the seat and arms with some material from shipping envelopes – the paper kind that have a little filler, not the plastic bubble wrap kind.

And here are all the pieces together in a group.

2003 Calendar – October

Here’s a project I did in 2001-2002 that I had forgotten about. Now, here in 2022-2023, I will take a trip down memory lane and show it to you, once each month.

Why this schedule? Because it is a calendar. For 2003.

I made three of these – one for my son, one for my parents, and one for my husband. It’s the last one that I am showing to you. They were all alike except for the covers.

I hoped this calendar could be a small record of a certain time in our family. I do not know if my son still has his version, and my parents now are dead and their things scattered and gone, but here is the one we still have at our house, a voice speaking up again from the past.

If you want to know more about this calendar, look here.

I can’t find the collage image I used for this month in my archives. I see from the calendar it’s called “October Afternoon” and I think it was 11″ x 14″. I do remember the scene very well. It was the parking lot back side view of some buildings in Jenkintown, PA, near my house. Not long after this picture was made the block was taken down and the area rebuilt with a more modern array of stores plus a small park.

So, no picture this month. Just the calendar!

Happy October!

As to the notes, they are all pretty self-explanatory, except for #4. At the time, I did a lot of knitting and I made all my own sweaters plus plenty of items for family and friends. And maybe #7 needs a note. At this time part of our yard was seeded with wildflowers.

To compensate for the missing October image, here is another one with an October theme. It’s called “October Scene”.

Wordless Storybook Pages 19 and 20

In 2021 I completed a wordless artist book for my little granddaughter, who was about a year old at the time. I produced it by converting a discarded kid’s library book, using the same process I’ve used for similar books in the past.

Look here if you want to see more about how I make these books and to view one of my past books.

This particular volume does have a story, though. I had been working on it off and on for a long time and getting nowhere. Other projects kept coming along. One day I took it out to see about finishing it up and to consider what I might write to accompany the images. It struck me that it was fine just as it was, without words.

And I thought my granddaughter might like it when she is a little older, and she can make up stories to go with the pictures herself.

Like the content, the cover has no words. The book has no title. I guess it can be called whatever the reader wants.

Here are the next two pages. Want to make up your own story?

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