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.

Maidenhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

These lines, from the poem, inspired this collage:

Bear a lily in thy hand,
Gates of brass cannot withstand
One touch of that magic wand.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Theme: Poems, Rhymes and Limericks…

Collagic illustrations required inspired by your favourite verses - including some of your own.

Perhaps a Clerihew?

A clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. The first line is the name of the poem's subject, usually a famous person put in an absurd light, or revealing something unknown or spurious about them. The rhyme scheme is AABB, and the rhymes are often forced. The line length and metre are irregular. Bentley invented the clerihew in school and then popularized it in books. One of his best known is this (1905):

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, "I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul's.

More details here:

all the best with this test - Ron

Thursday, 17 May 2018

bananas #1 —> artistamps: anna banana

From my archives. Y'all have already seen this one.

Is there a mail artist who doesn't admire Anna Banana? Is there a conceptual/performance artist who doesn't admire Anna Banana? I doubt it!!

bananas #2 —> uncertainty of the poet, altered

From my recent archives. Giorgio Di Chirico painted those bananas (and some of the other stuff). I think Di Chirico must've loved bananas, 'cause he was so good at painting them.

As it happens, I don't love bananas—not in real life. They're OK, but I find them kind of bland. But in collages? I appear to love bananas, 'cause I put them in so many collages. Go figure...

bananas #3 —> asemic green

From my recent archives: check out those green bananas.

I love Michelle Shocked. She's a Texan, just like me. She has a great song called "When I Grow Up" with a prominent mention of green bananas:

"When I grow up I want to be an old woman
When I grow up I want to be an old woman
Oh, an o-o-o-o-old, an old, old woman

Then I think I'm gonna find myself an old man
Then I think I'm gonna marry myself that old man
An old, an old, an old, an old, a really old man

We're gonna have a hundred and twenty babies
A hundred and five, ten, fifteen, twenty babies
Uh huh, that's what I said a hundred and twenty babies

We'll raise 'em on tiger's milk and green bananas
Mangoes and coconuts and watermelon
We're gonna give 'em that watermelon when they starts yellin' ..."

Theme: Fruit and Veg

They're good for you! Anything Roots & Fruits related. Cauliflowery Carrot Collages and Mushroomy Mango Montages accepted! :D Ron

Friday, 11 May 2018


"He loves me, he loves me not..."

Sugar & Spice

This tall, six-sided spice TIN, made for a store in America in the 1870s, is one of only three known. The intricate Oriental motifs, more often found in English wares, were applied in three ways: by lithography, freehand painting and stenciling.

Radioactive Fish

Gold, Silver and Iron

Thursday, 10 May 2018

neon psychic

It may not have appeared that I took much of a break from the KK, but I made a whole ton of collages in a variety of themes and types. That period broke me open from what had been a kind of "artist's block," and now I'm back in the groove, so I'm back on the KK, for as much as possible. =smile=

On Rare Earth

From the archives

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Theme: The Periodic Table of Elements

This week's challenge, collages inspired by one or more of the periodic table of 118 elements…

Lots to choose from including gold, silver, tin, iron, mercury, oxygen, neon, carbon, helium, argon, lead, zinc and hydrogen.

Wiki reference here with lots of info;

 all the best - Ron

The First EYE BANK Opened In New York - 9th May 1944

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Orson Welles's Cutting Room

Orson Welles: Born May 6th 1915

stamps à la canada

On this day in history, May 6, 1840, the world's first adhesive postage stamp, the "Penny Black", is first used in Great Britain.

I love Canadian stamps! The ones marked "USA" were a joint philatelic venture between Canada and the U.S. Check out that $8- grizzly bear and that $10- blue whale! Most of these stamps were sent to me on a package of artistamps from famed mail artist and artistamp publisher, Anna Banana, who lives in British Columbia.

the first adhesive postage stamp!

From my archives.

On this day in history, May 6, 1840, the world's first adhesive postage stamp, the "Penny Black", is first used in Great Britain.

This is one of my all-time favorite series from the USPS. I love the gradations of color from left to right, and it's cool that they chose unusual tropical fruits for it, not the usual apple and orange.

Friday, 4 May 2018

FAB BEATLE FACTS! On this Day in Beatles History

May 9, 1962: Beatles sign their 1st contract with  EMI PARLAPHONE

May 9, 1965: Beatles attend a Bob Dylan Concert

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Collage Kids

OK here's one from the archives as I don't seem to have time for a new one. This collage from 2009 is the origin of the name of this blog ( slightly ammended ) and was inspired in turn by a collage collaboration with the great Art Nahpro ( Paul Jackson ) a year or so previous to that. Also the name of a blog on Flickr I started with Angelica Paez many years ago. It was made in May so as near to the theme as I could get it!

In Memorium

My beloved cockapoo (spoodle) Harvey passed away on May 5th.
Here WE are, versions of our younger selves.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Theme: On This Day!

Hi first theme for May is "On This Day..."

I'm looking for collages based around people or events on any day from history in this week
May 3rd to May 9th.

It can be birthdays, anniversaries, discoveries or anything else - even one of your own.
I've added one reference website here but there's others out there.

all the best - Ron

Hat ATC's