Sunday, 30 September 2012

Map of Collagia

Inspired by Michael's Republica de Coll stamp last week I've gone for
a Map of the Continent of Collagia. It all got a bit big for the scanner and
I stuck it to the wall for a snap.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Greetings From The Old Country

A mixture of collage and rubber stamps - mostly from a book about philately. Everyone knows that "philately will get you nowhere".

Friday, 28 September 2012

The People Were Reluctant To Travel Inland...

A Map of The Cake Islands

I got really really hungry for a piece of you know what as I created this map of The Cake Islands.  Created with the help of a vintage recipe booklet from The Calumet Baking Powder Company, Chicago, Illinois.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

New Theme! Create A Map ... Could Be a Map of a New Country or a Mythical Kingdom ... Or a Map To ?

Ron mentioned something about creating a collage country for our next theme, so I think this fits in nicely with that thought.

This is my last week picking a month's worth of themes and it's been fun!  Hope you've had fun as well and I must say the collages created in the past couple of weeks have been outstanding!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Valentine Post

Too big for the scanner , too early for Valentines Day. This collage is awkward in lots of ways!

Monday, 24 September 2012


Image of walking woman from a magazine ad.  Abstract painting behind madame is a portion of "Thrust" 1959 by Alfred Gottlieb (1903-1979).

Nineteen Eighty-Post

Friday, 21 September 2012

Stamp Commemorating "Bobo" - The First Circus Dog in Space

I made this stamp in memory of my cousin, Walter J. Wild, who years ago sketched a postage stamp featuring the moon.  He gave me the scrap of paper he drew it on and I treasure it.  Walter passed away on January 11, 1999.  This is a paragraph from his obituary published by the AAS (American Astronomical Society):

"Walter J. Wild, a senior research associate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, collapsed and died at the age of 44 while attending a lecture at the University on January 11, 1999. Walter was known world-wide as an expert on the mathematics of adaptive optics, a real time technique for compensation of image distortion caused by atmospheric turbulence."

The background of the moon & stars was taken from "Our Old Fashioned Country Diary for 1994" and the dog is an illustration by Corinne R. Bailey for the children's book " I Want To Be A Circus Man " 1934.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Collaborative Mail Art Stamps 1985

Just to give you some idea of the mail art stamps I made back in the 80's and 90's I have uploaded these I did with Steve Random of Maine USA. I did 80% of it as I recall! Some of these were turned into rubber stamps to apply to envelopes etc. I must have made a few dozen or so sheets over the years. Will be fun to make a new one after all this time.

Penguin Awareness Day Commemorative Stamp

I understand this to be a very important and festive day in parts of Canada, very collectible stamp, this one...............

THIS WEEK's THEME: Create a Postage Stamp

I have been toying with this idea for a long time and finally will do it because I am posting it as this week's theme!


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

That Girl Belongs To Yesterday

Influenced by an article I recently read about Jean Shrimpton:

and my love for this song led to this collage.

She's A Rainbow

Thursday, 13 September 2012

taking a sabbatical

Something dramatic and life-altering has just happened in my personal life. It's neither a good thing nor a bad thing: it's just a whammy. So I'm going to have to take a sabbatical from making collages for the Kollage Kit. I'll still be following the action, and commenting from time to time, but I won't be posting any collages for a while. I'll be back, though—in a few months, perhaps—it's hard to tell. Carry on!

Get Me On Flight Number 505

No Stones Unturned

This week, turn your minds to any lyric by the band The Rolling Stones.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

"rocky raccoon checked into his room...

...only to find Gideon's bible."

I swear, this was the first line that popped in my head when the theme was announced on Thursday morning, and ever since it's been like an ear worm—running over and over in a maddening tape loop. So I had no choice. I know in the song Rocky checks into a saloon, but for some reason I've always imagined it as a cheap motel somewhere out west. Maybe that's because I've never been in a saloon.

The raccoon is scanned from Walker's Mammals of North America. I googled to find Gideon's bible and the motel accoutrements. Rocky's hat is clip art. And the photo of the motel sign was taken by Patti Sundstrom, who took a special trip up and down Route 66 to photograph its splendors.

I Am the Walrus

I Am the Walrus
Sorry I've been absent lately. I've been working on a big show w/ the Collagemonauts (me, Tim Manthey & Craig van den Bosch) and we finally put the work up on Sunday. Meanwhile, I'm a huge fan of the Beatles so here's an oldie but a goodie from me.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Carry That Weight

Sunday, 9 September 2012

He's as blind as he can be...

...Just see's what he wants to see, Nowhere Man can you see me at all?

(Okay, I cheated and used 3 lines!)

Nowhere Man is a found photograph.  The magnifying glass inspired this and came from my October 2012 issue of Country Living Magazine.  The entire background is from a 1950 issue of GRAPHIS--it is the work of the design team of illustrators Jan Lewitt (1907-1991) and George Him (1900-1981).

About a Lucky Man Who Made the Grade...

For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite

One of my favourite Beatle songs from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. This collage was made a few years ago but not sure if I've ever shown it before on a blog. Circus picture from a children's book and parts of the original Victorian poster that John Lennon got the inspiration from.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Many more of them, by Bob May

How Does It Feel To Be One of the Beautiful People?

From "Baby You're a Rich Man."  You can find a LOT of glamour in the television ads of early 1950's National Geographics...

Octopus's Garden

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus's garden in the shade.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

You and Me...

You and me, Sunday driving, not arriving, on our way back home...

Fixing A Hole

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
And stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go...

Background: A painting by Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) "The Itinerant".  Woman with the hole needing fixing:  A painting by surrealist Paul Nash (1899-1946) "Margaret Nash" (the artist's wife) 1919.  The photograph:  Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944) an evangelist and faith healer.


Quick!  Think of a line from a Beatles song.  Now do a collage on it.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


This is a recurring nightmare - I either can't remember someone's complete phone number, I can't dial without making errors or we get disconnected.  Also along this theme, I sometimes am able to speak to dead loved ones on the phone in dreams.  Ironically, I rarely speak on the phone while awake.

Sunday, 2 September 2012


I used to have this pleasant little daydream when I was a kid:  I would lay on my back in the middle of the floor, imagine that the house had been turned upside down, and pretend to play and walk around on the ceiling, stepping over the tops of the inverted door jambs, sitting on the light fixtures (yes, I was an easily amused child...).

Looming Large in Patsy's Recurring Rural Nightmare Was the Image of Her Friend Betty Who Was Beheaded by a Freak Accident With a Thresher on Her Uncle's Farm

Man...that would be a NIGHTMARE!

Peaceful rural scene is an end-paper from a vintage American Heritage History of the United States.  Sleeping beauty is clipped from a vintage magazine ad for blankets.  And "Betty" is from an ad in a 1950 copy of GRAPHIS 31 - An International Journal for Graphic & Applied Art.

Baron Frankenstein's Electric Dreams

Transported, by Bob May

In their original contexts these poor girls were unwell, having fainted in different decades. Now they are OK and soaring.