Monday, 31 March 2014

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Theme of the Week - Guinness World's Records

We've had this theme before but worth another shot I think. The tallest, shortest. longest, biggest, smallest , funniest collages please!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Engine House

Collage and acrylic paint on paper. An old collage that has been photo-copied and updated.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

homage to italo calvino

One of my favorite books of all time is a slim masterpiece by Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities. In this book, the aged Kublai Khan, the emperor of the Tartars, listens as Marco Polo describes the cities he has visited in his wide travels through the empire. The cities are very strange, their descriptions are prose poetry, and they have names that sound like the names of women: Zenobia, Eutropia, Beersheba, Isaura...

The clouds are from a photograph by Rebecca Resinski. The quotation is from Invisible Cities, translated from the Italian by William Weaver.

Big Cog Cottage

What's He Building .. (part three)

'I'll Tell You One Thing, He's Not Building A Playhouse For The Children'
(What's he building in there, we have a right to know!)

▶ What's He Building In There - Kinetic Typography - YouTube

I added 3 different versions of the same song.

What's He Building ... (part two)

'He Took Down The Tire-Swing From The Pepper-Tree' (he has no children of his own you see)

What's he building in there? - YouTube

What's He Building .. (part one)

Inspired by the song of Tom Waits
▶ Tom Waits - What's he building in there (live) - YouTube

and with a little help of 'Alfred' .... I made a kind of triptych .. this is part 1
'What The Hell Is He Building In There'

Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Formation of the Earth and the Cornish Tin Mine Weren't the Only Things Smoking

Background of the forming Earth (did you know at one time the moon was only 10,000 miles away from our planet?) from my trusty vintage Time-Life Nature book about planet Earth.  The Cornish Tin Mine is one of David Winter's collectible mini buildings!  (I added the plume of smoke.)  The couple smoking a cigarette is from a vintage Chesterfield cigarette advertisement.

Where the Snails Live

Did you know?  A group of snails is apparently called a "rout" or a "walk," and if there are baby snails there, it becomes a nursery and one may refer to it as an "escargatoire."  I'm thinking it SHOULD be called a "slime of snails" or a "mess of snails" or...?

Grand Kennel Designs

Further adventures of the animation from last time...

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Theme of the Week - Building Site

We have a noisy building site at the bottom of our garden which is probably why this theme came to mind! 5 new detached houses that look as big as signal boxes ( if you know what they are? ) so the shadows they cast shouldn't be too bad - we shall see. Anyway, have fun making your own building site, architectural follies etc.

Fish Faces - Fi Webster

Couldn't resist giving Fi's excellent collage the gif treatment!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Collage manipulated by Crazy Talk software.

fish faces

Well, here's my non-animated collage—sort of a comic strip. I made this while I had the flu. I still have the flu.

Anyway, if you glance around between the four boxes, maybe you'll see it move. =laugh=

Sunday, 16 March 2014


When dreams come true. After I finished my Medusa a while ago I was dreaming on an animated version.
This animation is not done by me - it was a surprise-gift made by a very good friend!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Lost Doll

Oh oh...I think I have a new addiction.  Making animated collages!  Again I used the most wonderful and easy GIF generator called

This time, however, I placed my cut pieces on the scanner bed and then placed the background over it.  Each time I moved each piece I kind of knew what direction it all might be going in.  Therefore this one is much sharper however much more random than the first one I posted!  (Note:  I went back and redid my first animated collage "Fur Stinks".  I decided to use removeable double-stick tape to reposition each element and I scanned several different pages to make the GIF.)

I just love creating these!!  (Plus I have a cold and I don't feel like doing much else right now.)

my auntie with her wiggly ears

From my archives, some 'old-fashioned-hand-made-with-movable-parts' collage.
And an old-fashioned auntie ;))

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Fur Stinks

Oh My God! This was so much fun to do.

So I had that eerie background laying around.  The fashion plate in her fur coat is another piece that has been cut out and ready to be used for a while.

I wanted to make a statement and I found a skunk who encounters her, gives her a bit of a sniff and then delivers a bit of a whiff!  I put the orb in the background to add a bit more motion and also show the passage of time.

I will share my technique.  Originally I photographed each separate page, manually moving the three pieces but the resolution of a photo was not too good.  I then thought about removeable double-sided tape and I used that to lightly adhere each element and then scan each page separately.

I found an on-line application called which was extremely simple to navigate and worked real well.

Moving Hearts

Another experiment using the free Gif Maker  online software.  I think I need to sue the tripod to get a steadier picture.

Gif that keeps on giffing

Theme of the Week - Animated Collage

Now here's something a bit different and challenging. How to make your collage move by animating it in some way. I've always wanted to try this and past attempts like this GAS MAN are pretty feeble using some found software which name escapes me for the moment. You can do it manually of course or make a Gif   ( freeware versions of gif makers are found online ) . If you can't make an animation maybe just a collaged puppet show ( nothing longer than 60 seconds ).  Have fun!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Birth of the Blues

I was thinking about the theme and the song title "Birth of the Blues" kept popping into my head so.....

I looked through a Sotheby's auction catalog for an image of something blue and could not believe I found "Oeuf" a painted 2 1/4 inch ceramic by Joan Miro (1893-1983).  I then looked through an old Time/Life book about The Earth and found that cool lightning strike in a desertscape.  The blue-looking lady is from a 1958 Seventeen magazine ad for skin blemishes.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Harbingers of Spring

Tulips from a great vintage book about garden flowers.
Redtail Hawk and Belgian Rabbit (can you spot it?) are from two different nature books I like to cut up from time to time.
Background B&W vintage photograph is a scene of a Czechoslovakian village.


from the archives

Monday, 10 March 2014


The Doctor Will See You Now


Hi everybody! Glad to join this blog. My name is Maartje Jaquet, I live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I got my art education at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I work in the field of photography,video art, poetry and art education. My newest passion is collage art. I love to go through vintage magazines and old books and create new images with scissors and glue.
Artists that inspire me are: Max Ernst, Monty Python, Roland Topor, Francesco Clemente,Paul van Ostaijen, Federico Fellini, Jacques Tati, Jeroen Bosch, Kurt Schwitters, ...
Here's my website:

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Birth Defect

Theme of the Week - Birth

After the skulls and skeletons comes the Spring and re-birth.  So, newly born chicks, rabbits, babies, ideas etc.  Have fun!

Riders Of Skull Fez

Like most of my collages this was cobbled together with things lying around on the table - a CD inner sleeve, an illustration from a medieval painting, a sky map and a clock from a magazine.