It's Lucile again this month - oh, the possibilties with this image!
It's Lucile again this month - oh, the possibilties with this image!
The flower background above is a endpaper from an old book. You can see a page of music behind that. The snapshot is from an old album I picked up about a year ago. The map pieces are from my favorite old French Atlas - it's water damaged and really beat up and yet I still hesitate to use it, so silly. No one else will ever love it like I do!
More music and map pieces, a bit of ledger paper, a picture from an old Munsy's magazine, part of an old ticket, and a tiny piece of Victorian scrap I have been hanging on to forever.
Another old snapshot, another bit of the French atlas, music and dictionary paper... opposite a page from an old German birthday gift book and a little snippet from an autograph book.
Another picture from a Munsey's magazine, another flower illustration from the German gift book, more dictionary, maps and music. The Saturday Dec 6, 1851 card is from an old game that I don't remember the name of...I sold packages of mixed pieces on eBay a year or two ago and this may be the only one left - time to use it!
As you can see, I used a lot of old music, dictionary pages and maps - easy to do when there are normally so many pages in any dictionary, music book or atlas. The magazine pieces are from collected issues of old magazines, I wrote about finding these in an old post HERE.
If you ever shop flea markets or antique shows, when you can talk to the vendors, ask any paper vendors if they have old damaged pieces that aren't on display. If they do, and they let you pick through them, you can sometimes get a nice selction of torn or beat-up pieces you won't mind art-ing with, at an affordable price. Most vendors will be happy for you to take some damaged stock off their hands.
So, how'd you do this week - make anything with your "real things"?
Catchy blog post title, eh?
The latest edition of the Collage Club was about using 'the real thing' in your art - the actual vintage papers and ephemera you've collected. I've been thinking about my overflowing 'collections' recently. I know you have them too....old paper and books, rare ephemera and trashy ephemera, fabrics, beads, buttons, lace...should I go on?
Then, I received some timely comments this week. First, from Pam at Fairy Rocks and Things: I love old photo albums. I just hate to see those abandon families.
Then a comment from Julie (Jewels, how come I can't find your blog?) in which she says: I got to the point where I was asking"if I don't use it now will I ever". Can't stand the thought of something just siting in a box some where when I can highlight it in "art"!
It all percolated together for me....overflowing collections, abandoned photographs, if I don't use it now...and it made me wonder: what happens if I die?
Will any one of my family members treasure my bits and bobs the way that I do? Will any of them see a tub full of old paper as anything except trash? Will they have any idea what pieces of my stash are actually valuable and which pieces have very little value to anyone except maybe artists like me? Are my beloved collections about to become the forgotten cabinet card photos at the flea market...or more likely added to the recycling bin?
If you're like me, you have friends and relatives who 'don't get it'. They may love us, and our art, but they don't really get the magpie attraction we have to the faded and aged. Can you imagine their dismay at having to dismantle our collections someday?
So, I am committing myself to using the real thing even more often. Who will appreciate it and enjoy it more than we do? Would I rather it was thrown away by an unsuspecting relative 30 years from now, or would I prefer to take a deep breath and glue it down onto something beautiful, so it will be seen and appreciated...by me and my blog friends at least!
I plan to label the truly valuable things I would never use, like my French Holy card collection and my Tennyson calendar, among others. They're all in a special drawer anyway; I just need to add some notes about them so maybe the descendants will make a bit of cash.
Then, I plan to start using the real thing even more often: the dozens of magazine images, the damaged ledger pages, the ripped handwritten letters, the old book pages, the actual photographs, and torn bits of ephemera.
It's true for money, and I have to remember that it's true for art supplies too - you can't take it with you.
If you haven' t seen it already, I had fun doing a guest post on Gingersnap Creations yesterday. It's an introduction to vintage gluebooks and a walk-through of a new gluebook spread. I hope you like it!
Next, the random winner of the October Collage Challenge is Linda of Unlimited Possibilities. She's a local crafter and we keep meaning to get together - one of these days! She won the sweet little gift book.
I thought I'd give you a glimpse at some of the pages I received for the Vintage Gluebook Swap. This is what the sorting table looked like at one point:
Finally, watch this space for a new online class beginning in just a couple weeks. This one's a little shorter than the others, super-affordable, and really timely.
It's called My Christmas Gluebook, and we'll make a small book from watercolor paper and decorate it - gluebook style! It makes a great keepsake for yourself, or a pretty gift for a friend. Loads of images are included so you don't need to have any vintage holiday imagery of your own. All of the images and lessons can be converted to greeting cards too, if you're making some special holiday cards this year.
After I showed my flea market purchases yesterday, Beth Leintz asked if I would post an image of the cover of the autograph album, so here it is. Don't forget to click the image and then click again to get the biggest size.
By the way, I mentioned the Collage Club yesterday. You can still join, and you'll receive all of the editions already sent this year - 20 so far! Plus, you'll get the last 4 of the year when the time comes. I won't be doing the Collage Club next year, so this is your chance to get in on what's already happened, and what's to come. Click HERE for more information.
I'm home from my visit to California, where I had a wonderful time.
We did both family (Nica's first birthday!) and tourist-y things. Nica's birthday party was fabulous - just family and a few friends. Nica was cheerful and smiling through the entire thing (actually, she's normally like that) and she seemed to love all of her gifts, as well as the cake.
But the thing you all probably care about the most is my trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena CA. Hundreds of vendors, miles of aisles. This is the 3rd time I visited the Rose Bowl Flea and the other 2 time were fabulous. This time, there were some cool things you might have liked...
sweet baby shoes...
The last time I went, I bought dozens of cool things. This time, everything seemed overpriced or just boring. There were few books there, and even less ephemera. I had better luck last year when we visited the Pasadena City College Flea. I plan to schedule for the Long Beach Flea next time - I hear that's great!
I'll share something from each with you in this week's Collage Club, so if you're a member, or become one, watch for that.
What else did I do on my trip? I visited the Getty and saw various exhibits, including the Luminous Paper exhibit, which I highly recommend. We went to Universal Studios, where I got a private back lot tour with my sister Kathi, who is head of benefits there. We also went to a free outdoor jazz concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and visited some of the exhibits there. One was a small dual Monet/Lichtenstein exhibit of a series of paintings by each artist, both of the Rouen Cathedral.
What did you do while I was gone?
It's time for the monthly collage challenge! I think this one is pretty challenging - I hope you think so too! Thank you to each of you who left sweet comments last month letting me know how much you enjoy this challenge, it makes doing it so fulfilling!
So let's get started! Here's the jpeg version of the collage images - be sure to click and then click again to get the biggest size to save:
If you'd like the easy-print PDF version: Download Oct 2011 collage sheet
Here are the rules:
Post your creation by Tuesday, October 11th. Yep, more time this month! I'll be on vacation between now and then, and back on the 12th to randomly draw a winner!
The winner receives a sweet gift book entitled, Brilliants Selected from the Writings of David Swing. It measures about 6 3/4" X 4 3/4", has a gorgeous cover and around 50 pages, many of them with sweet corner illustrations. Fun to display, alter or take apart.
I can't wait to see what you create!