Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Swimmer Triathlon Collage

I couldn't make a runner and a cyclist without adding in a swimmer.

This is a tri-house after all. Missing the discipline my crew loves the most would be blasphemy :-)

Love this quote!

And here is the set together:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Running Collage

Hello! Another sports-themed collage this morning. 

I really loved this quote when I saw it on Pinterest and decided to make something right away.

This canvas background had been languishing in my pile for about two years. I really loved the dimensional paste flower silhouettes, the doily stencil and the spray paint but it felt too... assembled... literal? I'm not sure. 

It didn't float my boat. 

But when I added a runner, and the flowers morphed into speed, or something to add motion, excitement, something to draw the eye  - now we're cooking with gas!

Please click to enbiggan :-)

Monday, August 11, 2014

How Far Can You Go? Original Collage

As I'm sure some of you know, my husband is a triathlete. He's currently training for a half-ironman in St. Croix.

So we are living eating and breathing endurance sports. And it's coming out in my art.

A real challenge with collage work is making art that would be suitable to add to a man's collection. Let's face it, a lot of it is pretty girly. 

I think I met my goal on making a masculine collage that still incorporates all the elements and techniques that make up my work. 

Do you have an endurance athlete in your life? Is your spouse sporty? How about you? Do you do sweaty things?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bunches of Bird Tags

I've been carving a lot of bird stamps lately.

And before I send them off to their new home (mainly loved ones) I usually stamp myself a stack of tags. 

Tags are an absolute lifesaver for last minute gift giving, note writing etc. 

Your neighbors dog got out again, writing a quick note about closing their damn gate seems positively friendly on a tag while maybe a bit less so on a post-it.

Giving jam, flowers, a little gift... the tag really makes it special. 

Plus the manilla has a nice weight to it, I often fussy-cut out the images and add them to art journal pages. 

Here's another hand-carved bird, this one is for my mom-in-law:

I stamped oodles before dropping it in the mail.

I really like how the carving stands alone as a powerful, attractive image. 

Let me know how you like to use tags and I'll pick a comment or two and drop some in the mail as a gift.