Saturday, 16 December 2017


The title of this collage is taken from a wonderful song by Maxwell Anderson (1888-1959). You can hear this song, sung by Judy Garland, here:

The mountains & lake are a found, hand-colored photograph as is the photo of the lady and her dog. My trusty astronomy book provided the sky full of constellations.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

THEME of the week: Space

This week´s theme is pretty wide ;-)
Have fun!

madonna with the green dreadlocks

I think this one is quite silly—if not godawful. But when I read the mail art call with the Madonna theme for that Bosch place, they talked about displaying Madonnas that are contemporary. I figure green hair in dreads is pretty contemporary. This Madonna's hair was already twisted up and dangling. All I did was to color it green.

The Madonna and Child is a detail from a rather peculiar Renaissance painting—Giorgione's "The Tempest" (1506-1508). (The Wiki essay you get to from that link is short and fascinating: I recommend it.)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Which Came First?

Another from the archive - too busy with 'zine and other stuff.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Tricollage by Josephine, Lynn and me

We made three Madonnas in "Exquisite Corpse" style - one made the head, covered it, passed it to the other who made the body and passed it to the third in line to finish. Here is one of them.

Friday, 8 December 2017

protect us from madonnas and mad cows

"Mad Cow" and "BOOB" artistamps from a book titled The Stamp Art and Postal History of Michael Thompson & Michael Hernandez de Luna. Two stills from a 1973 British movie, "The Wicker Man." (That's Britt Ekland's famous dancing spell nude scene—plus body double for lower part of body—in the background). "Who, in watching..." was a scrap on the floor of my bedroom: I have no idea what it's referring to.

The white text on black is hard to read, so here's what it says: "Howie makes a cross in the abandoned churchyard. He sees behind him not a beautiful Madonna and Child, but a filthy pagan desecrating once-hallowed ground."

By the way, the picture with the strange white horned beast, over Ekland's blonde head, is there on the wall in the original still. All I did to it was to cut off the mette and frame.

My life has been a weird wreck recently, but aside from saying that I'm so much more bedridden than I was before, I made this collage literally in bed, I'll spare you the details. Angie wanted to know the names of our new kittens: they're Stevie Ray (for the late great Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Emmylou (for a stunning vocalist who's still with us—Emmylou Harris).

Madonna Postcard

From the archive. Madonna project postcard printed by Red Fox Press in Ireland- 1990's.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Lady Madonna ... mail art

               My contribution for the mail-art exposition in Den Bosch.,
               another 'rorschach' dress.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Lady Madonna

This is my entry I´ve send already to the Netherlands.

THEME of the week: Lady Madonna

It is Advent Season - and here is a kind of "seasonal" theme - but beside this it is an interesting mail art call of The Jeroniumus Bosch Center - NL - which you can find here: Lady Madonna
I thought you might like this theme because many of us are fans of Hieronymus Bosch.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Rotating File Device

Freshly unpacked - my "new" old rotating file decide ready to get collaged - 
there are only 500 cards for addresses and telephone number - 
so where is the problem?! ;-)

Monday, 4 December 2017

Homage to Marilyn Miller (1898-1936)

Found photograph of Old Faithful. Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States. It was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name.

Kodak Instamatic camera advertisement circa 1970.

Dancing woman from an Old Gold cigarette advertisement circa 1930s. I just GOOGLED the advertisement and discovered the illustrated woman is Marilyn Miller (1898-1936) a Broadway musical star who died much too early.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Making Putz Houses for My Studio Window

So, back home in the historic little waterfront town of La Conner, and I've spent the last two days making small paper houses covered with old book pages and glitter, with black paper silhouettes to decorate the front window of my studio space.  Not collage, but lots of scissor work; I feel like Martha Stewart...!

Here are my little creations laid out on my kitchen counter prior to installation:

Collages of Christmas Past ( Card-Making )

*About to start making this year's Christmas cards....*

Friday, 1 December 2017

Diary front covers.

This is a kind of ongoing project that I do every year with all my diaries - some going back to the 80's. Some of the pages inside are collaged to - will try to show a few of them in future posts.

A book about life's sorrow and joy - on the way to the endless aim

different transfer techniques, linoleum print 

"The victim lies down, the ravens descend" Friedrich Schiller
Transfer on an old military postal letter.

Round about one year ago I got a more than 100 years old photo album and I was very  glad to get such a wonderful present! I kept it in my "project rack bay" in my bookshelf and was not able to work on and alter such a treasure.  Only after I visited the exhibition
 "The Architecture of Memory" by Sigrid Sigurdsson at Osthaus Museum Hagen and browsed through all the wonderful artist books I finally could encourage myself to start working on my own foto album project.
First I had a specific idea, but the book developed a life of it´s own.
I used many different techniques which I tried over the years, already before I concentrated myself on collages, to create the pages. It was a big joy for me to combine all the different techniques in this book now. The base material is the Victorian photo album and cabinet cards. There are many (collage-) artists working with this material - and each one create his own art work - and here are some pages of mine, freshly finished after weeks of work.

Thursday, 30 November 2017


Gee Whiz #6

Also with Roger Stevens - this latest collaborative collaged comic/booklet - 16 pages of nonsense and silliness. Hopefully it will be ready to print in January next year. Back issues can be found HERE.

We Are Now Approaching Hassocks

In case you are not on Facebook and not aware of this CD by Roger Stevens - I did the cover art for it recently ( actually an old collage from the archives that Roger picked because it had a train in it - Hassocks being a station not far from Brighton where he lives!) and if you go to HERE you can find more of Roger's excellent recorded work which mostly has artwork by yours truly.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

THEME of the week: What you are working on at the moment?

Dear snipping friends,
I thought it might be nice to see, what you are working on at the moment - or what comes in your mind in the upcoming week.

November is almost over - the questions is now who wants to choose our themes for December?
If nobody is there in line I can continue during December - if someone is burning for this job I do absolutely have no problem to pass an the baton!
As you like.

And now: Go for it - snip snap

Saturday, 25 November 2017

because iron is why blood is red

iron —> heme —> hemoglobin —> blood

Top: Still from "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)
Middle: Still from "Don't Look Now" (1973)
Bottom: from Vlad the Impaler: The Man Who Was Dracula

taunting the reaper

I know you guys have seen this one, from my archives, before, but it's what I need to post to get started on this theme--a very important theme for me. (I absolutely LOVE it. =smile=) New ones are coming.

Robed figure from a painting by Hieronymus Bosch. Head of figure from a sculpture by François Rude. Snake from Albertus Seba's Das Naturalienkabinett. Four images on left from Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook. (They are of actual dead people.)

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

THEME: Tales of Mystery and Imagination

"Tales of Mystery and Imagination" is the title of a collection of Edgar Allan Poe´s macabre stories as well as the title of the debut album by the British rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released 1976, which is retelling Poe´s horror stories and poetry. (Both very nice, BTW)

As we are all a little dark humored and "macabre" folks I thought it might be a good theme for us - not in the sense of "illustrate one song OR one Poe story" (what you can certainly also do if you like) but more in the sense of "tell us/ create your own macabre story".

Have fun!

AND - certainly:
Happy Thanksgiving to our group members and their families in the USA  !!!

Xmas ATC's

Sneak preview of our Xmas card this year probably!

The Kiss (1 & 2)

Number 1 I made once before but traded it, so made a new one
called: Licking Wounds (lesson one at first aid)
Number 2 is called:
Almost there

Saturday, 18 November 2017

nine little abstracts

I have a problem with ATCs, which is that I have large hands and fumbly fingertips. I'm no good at working small. So I usually never make them. But for this theme, I decided to make one large abstract, the size of nine ATCs, then cut out the nine pieces, jumble them up, and scan them. Ta-da! Or something...

Mini Movie Posters at The ATC Cinema

ATC - Swallow

One from the archives

Friday, 17 November 2017

Works of Art ATC series

Here is the 5th ATC I made. "Bust of Inge #2" 1956 by Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991). Background is by Stuart Davis (1892-1964) entitled "Underpass No. 1" 1955.

Works of Art ATC series

This one was fun to make. Background is "Le Poisson" by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). The painted terracotta figure is "Donna Inginocchiata" 1937 by Marino Marini (1901-1980).

Works of Art ATC series

I really like this one. Background is a painting entitled "Carnival in the Mountains" 1924 by Paul Klee (1879-1940). Can you guess who the black & white portrait is? "Portrait of Picasso" 1908 by Marie Laurencin (1883-1956).

Works of Art ATC series

This ATC features a background by Stuart Davis (1892-1964) "Underpass No. 1" 1955. Of course that is a bust of Queen Nefertiti.

Works of Art ATC series

I had the best time combining two different works of art. Here is the first of five. The painting in the background is by Dutch artist Pyke Koch (1901-1991), entitled "The Signal" 1975. Of course the man in the foreground is by René Magritte (1898-1967) and is cut from the painting entitled "Pandora's Box" 1951.

Twenty Eight ATC's

I always have a pile of ATC's knocking around on my work table - some from earlier in the year - always interesting to do another configuration!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


As we worked on (or: "in" ??) small scales last week I thought it would be nice to create some ATCs....
We all know what ATC means - but nevertheless here is what Wikipedia says:
"Artist trading cards are 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, the same format as modern trading cards (hokey or cards or baseball cards). "
Go for it!
2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, the same format as modern trading cards (hockey cards or baseball cards). "

Standing Tall Among the Trees

I thought I would reference the source of the postage stamp -- TREES! The bronze statue is by Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991) "Dancer with Skirt" 1956. The tall tree next to the statue is "General Sherman", a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. Height: 275 feet (83 m)  Diameter: Over 36 feet (11m)  Weight: 4.188783 million pounds!

Rock Stamps

Monday, 13 November 2017

artistamps: anna banana

Sticking with the artistamps series for now, I pulled out four artistamps from famed mail artist Anna Banana—her Banana Post 1989.

I don't know where the black-&-white background came from—it was just floating around on my work table—but most of the banana images come from Creative Commons. For those of  you keeping track of Kollage Kit themes, I did a patch of rollage with spotted banana skin. I'm afraid that after I'd already glued down the green veggies in the middle top area, I realized they are not bananas, but banana peppers. Oops...oh well.