Saturday, February 11, 2012

New stuff!

I've been having lots of fun making collages the past couple of weeks and thought I would share a few of them.  These will be going to a couple of the fabulous shops where I sell my stuff and also to my first show of 2012 (yay!) in a couple of weeks, Arts & Crafts at the Fairgrounds, which will be held in the Varied Industries building at the State Fairgrounds, Friday evening Feb. 24, Saturday Feb. 25 and Sunday Feb. 26. 

 A butterfly found it's way onto the cover of a bingo book...often times, what happens to be scattered around my work table serves as inspiration. 
 Then I raided my stash of old costume jewelry for these two pieces.  The black and white rhinestone brooch belonged to my grandma, who would probably find it bizarre that I put it on a collage.  But it's just been sitting in a box for years and it's not something I wear, although I love it.  I love how it adds some sparkle and dimension to this collage. 
One thing people at shows often ask me is "what do you do with all the book pages?" when I use the covers of old books to make journals.  Well, this is one thing I do with them.  Ink them and make collage backgrounds.  I love the results.  I use Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Stazon Ink.  I'm also a little bit obsessed with that polka-dot Smash tape, as you can tell. 

Hopefully creating some bright and spring-like pieces will bring on some warmer weather.  That's what I'm hoping anyway, as I looked out the kitchen window this morning and saw that the thermometer said four degrees.  It's too cold to go anywhere, so I'll continue to stay home and make stuff. 

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