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!!