Sunday, March 28, 2010
Collage crazy, once again...
This first piece took me hours, but I absolutely love the result. I added and subtracted things until I had to make myself stop. Every time I found something lilac, pink or purple, it would have to go on the collage! What inspired me? This wonderful text, from The Velveteen Rabbit: "She was the quite the loveliest fairy in the whole world. Her dress was of pearl and dewdrops, and there were flowers round her head and in her hair..."
I just can imagine some sweet little girl hanging it in her room, knowing that she's the loveliest fairy.
I hand drew the fairy, adapting an illustration I saw in another book. The wings didn't turn out as well as I liked, so I ended up cutting new wings from purple tissue and then adding a white metallic embossing powder to them. The text says that she has flowers in her hair, pearls and dewdrops on her dress, so I found some tiny metal flower beads for her head, added a skirt of tulle and bedecked it with pearls and "dewdrop" rhinestones. The clouds were created from an old piano book. The piece of vintage jewelry was so pretty that I had to incorporate it, too. Can you tell that I had fun?
This next photo is another fun piece that was inspired by an old book. (Can you tell that I'm a writer?) This was from a 1963 middle school science textbook. The "modern" laundry room (picture in right hand corner of the collage) was the photo that inspired me to create "It's laundry day." Now, I don't know about you, but with three boys playing sports, I do laundry every day. However, I remember growing up with "laundry day." My mom would do laundry, set up her ironing board and watch her "stories" (soap operas) while working through the day. The house would smell so fresh and clean. How many of you still have laundry day?