Thursday, 19 July 2018

THEME: Landscape Ideas

Create a landscape from at least seven (or more) different elements. The sky and the ground can count as two, unless you are using an existing sky/ground that you will be adding to, then that will be one. Have fun!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Admiring the Local Catch

Two hand-colored photos plus a clipping (lower right) from a vintage magazine.

Sunday, 15 July 2018


Another from the archive. Too hot to make anything meaningful. Busy with sorting archives. Phew!

lesson in fish anatomy

There are two main types of fish: cartilaginous fish and bony fish. This pinfish is a bony fish. Sharks & rays, by contrast, are cartilaginous fish.

Image of fish was made by coloring a rubber stamp with markers, then stamping it on white paper. This rubber stamp was made by Fred B. Mullett, who sells an extraordinary number of highly realistic images of ocean creatures & plants, all printed with the Japanese gyotaku technique. Fred says his cats are the best-fed in the country, because he uses nontoxic inks and gives all his leftover fish to his cats.


From my recent archives: made in April 2018.

altered children's book about fish: rays pp. 1-2

A number of years ago I collaborated with several other mail artists in decorating a children's book about fish. I was hoping to be assigned the pages on sharks--oh well. But I didn't do so bad: I got the pages on rays and remoras. The only rule about this project is that we weren't allowed to cover up any of the original text and images of the book. This spread is the first two of my pages--it uses collaged text (made w/ an antique typewriter) of a true autobiographical story, collaged fragments torn from a U.S. Army publication (1945) about creatures of the Pacific Ocean, a finepoint marker, and rubber stamps.

Denizens Of The Deep

Fishy bits from a photo of a necklace owned by Frida Kahlo.
Background is printer paper, with added coffee grounds, Fairy Liquid and olive oil, accidentally left out in the rain earlier in the week, then washed over with Dr.Ph.Martin's ink, then spray-varnished!
Not quite dry yet, despite having been left overnight, and then all of this morning in the sun...

Saturday, 14 July 2018

spots on sharks

From top to bottom these are the Necklace Carpetshark, Swellshark, California Hornshark, Zebra Shark, Leopard Shark, Whale Shark, and the heads of the Whale Shark and Smallspotted Catshark. They're not to scale: most of these fish are really small. But of course the Whale Shark is huge—the biggest fish in the ocean.

Friday, 13 July 2018

silvery objects with boxfish

From my recent archives: I made this one in July 2017.

pygoplites diacanthus

From my recent archives: I made this one in May 2018. The red lines are acrylic paint that I added.

Pygoplites diacanthus is the scientific name of the Royal Empress Angelfish, whose distribution is the tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean, from Red Sea and East Africa to the Tuamoto Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, and south to the Great Barrier Reef. This fish inhabits coral reefs and associated coral-rich lagoons. It eats sponges, sea squirts, and similar animals. It's 25 cm (10") long.

odalisque with fish

Nude from a painting (1740) by Fran├žois Boucher. Background is Cavallini decorative paper.

Pourquoi une femme nue? Pourquoi les poissons?

Parce que j'adore les odalisques! Parce que j'adore les poissons!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Fishy Plaice

Another from the archive.

A Good Catch

Background & text taken from a book entitled 
Designers Guide to Japanese Patterns.
This pattern was produced during the Japan Edo Period (1603-1868).

THEME: Something FISHY going on here!

This theme relates to all matters piscine.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Bringing A Little Sunshine Into Your Lives

One from the archives. Still too hot to get into my workroom - busy sorting mail art archive in the relative coolness of the downstairs.

Cooling Off in the Deep Blue Sea

Thanks to Paul Klee for the fab background!

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Typical English Summer

One from the archive. Too hot to collage at the moment - in the middle of a heat wave! Hopefully it will cool down at weekend so I can make something new.

THEME: In the Good Old Summertime

It has been HOT as blazes here, on and off. I think summer is upon us. Have fun!!

Friday, 29 June 2018

birds gotta swim, fish gotta fly

This is a bit of a stretch for the theme, but I'm saying that the place in this collage is the sky, our atmosphere, where this aviatrix presumably likes to be, high up.

Woman from a photograph by Nickolas Muray. Background from a photograph by John A. Day.

Ice Cream Mountain

One from the archives to start off with.
It's been so hot here, I want to live on Ice Cream Mountain!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Theme: There's A Place.

Geographically speaking, a collage about a place.
Anywhere, really… a town, a country, a planet or a favourite shop… etc. Real or imaginary..

This is my last turn at the themes for now as June ends.
Many thanks for all the great collages the last couple of months.


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

thinkin' 'bout animals in love

Outside frame from a painting by R. B. Kitaj. Large inner image from a painting by Peter Lanyon. Animal duets from photos on the cover of Stephen Prina's album "Push Comes to Love."

Monday, 25 June 2018

Shoe Addicted

Collage on board
Pretty glad that I finally created something new. 
Following KK but can´t contribute so much at the moment. Hoping for your understanding!

Bigger Better Blooms Through Biochemistry

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Piscean Portrait

3 elements -- found hand-colored photograph, fish, page from a vintage National Geographic magazine.

Theme: Free for All

"Do Anything You Wanna Do!" - as Eddie & his Hot Rods once declared.
It's time for a bit of collagic freedom on the solstice!
 - Ron

Monday, 18 June 2018

Brazen Squirrel Returns to Shoplift Aunt Nellie's Pickled Beets

I saw a news item about a brazen squirrel who shoplifted a package of peanut M&Ms from a shop in Disney World. You can view the video here:

(I just realized I am also keeping the animal theme going! Too much horrible news over here, I am zoning out on it and paying attention to pleasant stories.)

Massive Moggie

Keeping the animal theme going:
Story from Glasgow Evening Times 18/06/2018

£350k Luxury Dog Kennel

Headline I spotted in the local Northwich paper.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Theme: Topical - What's in the News?

This week's challenge is the topical news item.

A collage illustrating any story you've seen in the news recently globally, nationally or in your local area.

Silly season local stories most welcome! - Ron

Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Fairest of the Fair

Title of collage is also a nice piece of music by John Philip Sousa:

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Theme: All the Fun of the Fairs, Festivals, Carnivals & Gigs etc...

Roll up! Roll up! We're now into June and lots of annual fairs and festivals are taking place.
So, anything based around events like carnivals, circuses, exhibitions, concerts...etc...etc...
 - Ron

Weather ATC's

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

This Week's Theme: Weather

Hello. I'll be briefer than a Scottish Summer....We've been going through a heatwave here in the's the main topic of conversation right now but it usually is - whatever it's like. :)

So, for this week any collages depicting any type of weather.....

( This is my last theme for May but I'm happy to continue and do June's themes as well if that's okay with everyone.  - Ron )

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Spike Milligan's The ABC

'Twas midnight in the schoolroom 

And every desk was shut 

When suddenly from the alphabet 

Was heard a loud "Tut-Tut!"

Said A to B, "I don't like C; 
His manners are a lack.

For all I ever see of C 
Is a semi-circular back!" 

"I disagree," said D to B, 
"I've never found C so. 

From where I stand he seems to be 
An uncompleted O."

C was vexed, "I'm much perplexed, 
You criticise my shape.

I'm made like that, to help spell Cat 
And Cow and Cool and Cape."

"He's right" said E; said F, "Whoopee!" 
Said G, "'Ip, 'Ip, 'ooray!"

"You're dropping me," roared H to G. 
"Don't do it please I pray."

"Out of my way," LL said to K. 
"I'll make poor I look ILL."

To stop this stunt J stood in front, 
And presto! ILL was JILL.

"U know," said V, "that W 
Is twice the age of me.

For as a Roman V is five 
I'm half as young as he." 

X and Y yawned sleepily, 
"Look at the time!" they said. 

"Let's all get off to beddy byes."

They did, then "Z-z-z."

Saturday, 26 May 2018

burnt norton

Handwritten text is a long poem by T. S. Eliot, titled "Burnt Norton"—the first poem in his Four Quartets. I cut out the orange shapes.

Here's the whole of the Four Quartets, if you want to read some of it. I'm kind of an ambassador for that big chunk of Eliot. =laugh=

This collage has a problem: it's 8 1/2" x 11", but it didn't quite fit on the lame scanner I have right now.