Thursday, 31 March 2016

Floating Flower Seller

this week's theme: SPRING!

I think it's with us now - depends where you are…
So this week, collages depicting Spring and "Springtime" 
and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal and regrowth.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Vivienne et Violetta

This Week's Theme: Alliteration

Titles featuring some alliteration whether it's something like “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers” or names like Fred Flintstone or Marilyn Monroe or Coca-Cola - anything goes really.

Collage Colleagues… Cutting Can Commenteth!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

a victorian boy, growing up

Background from wallpaper design by William Morris. Neck of boy: sweet flag, which used to be crumbled up & scattered on floors because of its pleasant citrus scent. Left arm: Central American coral snake. Legs: Chilean flamingo. Right arm: leg of tomato frog.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Moments Before the Official Portrait

Queen Victoria and her close family kept numerous pet animals. I have included Lory, a parrot, Dash, a King Charles Spaniel, Hector, a Deerhound, Islay, a Skye Terrier, and her beloved Turi, a Pomeranian who lay on her deathbed at her request.

"Stop!" she cried "Those wicker chairs are mine!"

Hurry Up Mate

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Victorian Etiquette 101

When she was out for a stroll, Victorian etiquette deemed a woman walk to the right side of her pet dove.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

This week's theme: Victoriana

By appointment of Her Majesty it's the Victorian era (1837-1901) and all things within like decoration, literature, people, industry etc...etc... We will be most amused. - Ron

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Beach Party in the Shadow of The Cliff House

The famed Cliff House Restaurant, built 1896 in San Francisco, California by Adolph Sutro was a 7-story Victorian chateau called by some "The Gingerbread Palace".  It survived the 1906 earthquake but burned to the ground September 7, 1907.

Fishermen´s Parade

Friday, 11 March 2016

where water meets earth

With orange acrylic paint. Background: Caroline Islands, Palau Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, from photo by Reinhard Dirscherl. I have no info about the other images, but I suspect that the painting (woodcut?) in upper right is by Hokusai.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

This week's theme: Coastlines

Staying on the geographic theme, this week it's all about Coasts.
Beaches, rocky shores, cliffs et al. See you at Kollage Bay! - Ron

Sunday, 6 March 2016

muy interesante

Mexico! a large and diverse country the culture of which permeates my home state of Texas.

Map in background: part of central and southern portions, with red rectangles around two of my favorite places, Cuernavaca and Oaxaca.

Colorful frame: border of 19th century serape, the red dye of which is cochineal.

Upper left: painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe by Pedro Ramirez.

Upper right: from a Huichol man's ceremonial costume

Middle right: from a turn-of-the-century engraving by José Guadalupe Posada for a newspaper broadsheet (its banner headline is below: "Muy Interesante"), depicting a true crime. (The full scene includes the baby's mother lying dead at the crazy man's feet.)

Hand-carved rubber stamps: (top to bottom) acrobats, figures w/ scissors, gentleman w/ top hat & cane, man in traditional attire drinking cervesa (beer), and man reading newspaper—by a French artist. These are based on Posada's popular skull-n-skeleton images, now widely known and associated with the Day of the Dead.

Lower right: vendor of copal (tree resin used as incense and in varnish) with his burro.

Lower left: wood carving of coyote-skeleton-mermaid by Antonio Xuana.

An American Actress, An American House and An American Alligator (or Two)

Here are the facts! Norma Talmadge (1894-1957) was an American actress & film producer of the silent era.  Born in Jersey City, New Jersey. That is Norma standing in front of The Charles T. Cook Residence (completed 1885), Elberon, New Jersey (Cook was president of Tiffany and Co.) a fine example of an American country home of the "Gilded Age".  Around Norma's feet are American Alligators (alligator mississippiensi).  These are the largest reptiles in North America.  (Little known fact: Norma Talmadge had a pet alligator named Peter!)

Thursday, 3 March 2016


I picked up a nice old book about Chile that had page after page black & white images.  And it was the kind of paper I like working with best--matte.   So I found the happy bathers in it.  I do believe the barren trees on the horizon are also from the same book.  Then I found the airship with the words of wisdom.  Lastly I found another image in my scrap box featuring a waterway and a bridge so I carefully cut that out to go above the bathing scene. (Note: Michael Leigh pointed out this image is of a UK bridge, so oops! my collage is not exactly all about The Americas!)  All pasted down on an old book cover.

National Gun Nut Magazine

The Americas

Hi all. Glad to follow in Josephine's footsteps and take over for the next couple of months at Kollage Kit. This week, up for grabs The New World - all things in North, South or Central American culture, geography, history, people etc..... Let the snipping begin.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Happy 66th Birthday Karen Carpenter!

One of the purest voices this side of heaven.  One of the greatest pop voices of our time. Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 - February 4, 1983)

Racing Stars