Sunday, June 30, 2024

Using the Ephemera That I Have Postcards - 01

 My latest postcard series totally uses ephemera on my work table within arms reach.  The background varnished piece with black comes from a Japanese umbrella.  

Saturday, June 29, 2024

All My Tiny Journals…Well, Most of Them

I brought all my tiny journals to the ocean to ponder over while I make more.  All of them are here with the exception of the one that is in New Jersey for a show later this summer.  It was the black and white one which was difficult to give up but I did.  I will never see it again in person as it is suppose to go to some permanent exhibit once the show is over.

Friday, June 28, 2024

ATCs Second Quarter 2024 - International Group


The theme for this quarter’s ATCs was to create one that expanded to a larger size than the usual 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  I hinged two cards together and then created a clothes line effect to the collage.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Just Another Postcard - June 2024 -02


The summer activity for the NW Collage Society is to create a postcard using black and white and a pop of another color.  I did a laser transfer using my gelli plate and then decided to add some pansy ephemera that just happened to be on my work table.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Just Another Postcard - June 2024 - 01


Sometimes when times are busy like this past week I just need to make some art that is frivolous.  I ran across some ephemera that I had not seen for a long time while searching through some boxes.  All systems stopped and I started to create.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024


The theme for the 2024 second quarter is BINGO.  We were wide open on how to use that theme.


Sunday, June 23, 2024

Friday, June 21, 2024

June 2024 Mini-Journal - Spread 05


This might be my favorite spread in the journal.  There are so many vintage items and they all seem to work together.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

June 2024 Mini-Journal - Spread 04

 I have quite a stash of vintage photos.  The two guys in these photos are the same guys.  The photos just happened to land on my workspace next to each other.  It worked out perfectly.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

June 2024 Mini-Journal - Spread 03


I have had several ladies handkerchieves for quite awhile and did not know what I would use them for.  I cut out part of one to add to this spread.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

June 2024 Mini-Journal - Spread 02

 There is quite a bit to take in.  There are so many found items including buttons, fabric, paper ephemera and thread.

Monday, June 17, 2024

June 2024 Mini-Journal - Cover and Spread 01

 I started this journal awhile ago and set it aside.  Once I started back to it I went quite quickly, maybe three days all told. 

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Random Postcard - 04


I do not even remember working on this piece.  It is good to go through and cull ones’ ephemera,  It just collects and collects and either needs to be used or tossed.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Random Postcard - 03


I used part of an envelop of ephemera that Jacki Long sent me years ago.  She had decorated the outside of the envelope and one of collage items was this man.  Thanks Jacki.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Random Postcard - 02

One might say that this postcard is rather random in its composition.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Random Postcards - 01

 In my cleaning up I found partially finished postcards.  As I find them I am finishing them.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 10

 I just love the face on the gentleman on the left.  There is a bit of yellow in his face but I went with him anyway.  His hat had yellow where the band of red is now.  I covered it up.  Tomorrow is the video of the journal.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 09

 When I add a piece of ephemera to a spread in a mini journal I add to one spread and then maybe another spread rather than just working on one spread to completion.  Seems to work for me.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 08


I like trying out using a variety of materials in the mini-journals.  I suppose it is a way to audition for larger pieces of collage.  The fabric and buttons have such a different feel than just paper.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 07

 When I began the black and white plus red journal I searched high and low for those chosen colors.  I ended up with a large amount of ephemera that fits that criteria.  So why not make a second black and white plus red journal.  Or choose another color for the pop of color.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 06

 Of course this spread is with the right hand closed over some of the previous day’s blog entry.  Note what I call map lace on the right hand section.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 05

 I love folds outs in mini-journals.  Lots of diverse ephemera in this spread.  Lots of movement.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 04

 The netting came from a sack of mandarin oranges.  I know that the photo on the left is more sepia than black and white but I am including it anyway.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 03


The black and white photo image in the background on the right is one that I took in a pea patch garden last year.  I removed the color in PhotoShop.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 02


Several years ago one of my students made a comment after I said that a bit of one color makes a spread jump.  I specifically said a pop of red.  The student said to her table mate, “Who the hell is Poppa Red?” I have had a good laugh over that one for the years since.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Black and White Mini-Journal with a Pop of Read - 01


I am in love with the idea of black and white with a pop of red.  It just works so well.