Friday, 20 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 65/100

Not as much time as I would like with this one, but same idea as Daddy and baby bear - this time with elephants...

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 64/100

Today - bears in a forest. Father bear and baby bear.

Out with Dad

So above are the original colours, but I had to try another colour scheme....

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 63/100

Today I decided to study geese. Then - I needed to put the geese into some kind of context. Then - I added bits and bobs.

Off and away!

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 62/100

I liked the yellow flower from yesterday, so I made some more in other colours, as well as some leaves and stems. Then I spent way too long making them into a repeat pattern.

Still working on my pattern making skills, but this was fun, and I made all of the elements using collage.

I can see some boxiness with some of the leaves, which should be easy enough to fix, but I need to go and do some other stuff now...

Monday, 16 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 61/00

Today's offering is a bit less scary than yesterday (some of the faces were a little bit creepy, I know) - some autumnal grasses and flowers.

This was made out of four separate collages, applied together in Photoshop.

And - because I can't leave things alone, and also because everything can be improved by adding a bee...

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 60/100

Yesterday, as I was moving about Queen Olive's features , it struck me how even small movements of the eyes, nose etc, changed her expression and character.

This inspired an exercise - Same lady with the same features - but slight variations in size, placement etc.

Every new face I created made me think: Oh, I know someone who looks like that!

The first one I made was the middle girl. All the others were variations.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Collage a day - Day 59/100

Good King Kevin needed a wife, so here is Good Queen Olive.

Good Queen Olive

I think I have managed to solve the problem of the gold in the crown, but the gold necklace isn't showing up well - will have to solve that too.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 58/100

With my gold, I had to make a crown.
I made some ermine as well.

Good King Kevin

The decoration on the king's crown doesn't show up well in scans, it looks better in person. That was the jeweller in me getting a bit fussy.

Collage a Day - Day 57/100

Today I visited Bateman's - The house that Rudyard Kipling lived in.
Everything about it was beautiful. And the weather was perfect too.

The leather panelling in the dining room inspired this collage - and it's the first time I've tried using a gold background.
I discovered that I can make nice, not too shiny gold paper - oh the possibilites!

The panelling had texture so I tried that too - it catches the light nicely although I'll probably need to take a better picture in the daytime.
Didn't have too much time to spend on this, as I was driving for hours, but I had to get it done.

Here is a sample piece of the original panel - it covered one entire wall:

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 56/100

Still on the theme of landscapes - this one has no Photoshop - it is as it is...

The Lighthouse

I like how the texture of the paper makes it look like the sea is shimmering.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 55/100

Today I did another window scene, with berries and a cat. And a tractor.
It also features another instance of the Stig Lindberg vase.

The Noisy Walk

I like most of this but strangely, the cat looks a bit too realistic, strange because I am not normally known for my realistic drawing skills...

The fur texture was made with cling film, and I added some dry brush strokes in white to get the shape...

Monday, 9 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 54/100

There will be no more cacti....

Here is an Autumnal landscape with berries and trees instead.

A change in the weather...

This is probably the most complex collage I have done to date - with the final image being pieced together in Photoshop. I made the vase and berries today, as well as the window and landscape. The tablecloth is a pattern I made on day 18, and the trees were made on day 42.

Learning Photoshop was part of the plan, and I most of the time actually knew what I was doing. 

The only downside are the endless variations one can do... 

In this slight variation I added a house, and made the field stripes more diagonal. 
It's subtle, but the stripes were really annoying me as being too horizontal.

Now I just need to add a cat... 

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 52/100

Cacti on a purple shelf... All the colours, patterns and textures were made by me.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 50/100

Half way!!!
I know I'm a bit all over the place with styles and subjects, but collage was completely new to me and I have lots of ideas and things to try.
Orange cats seem to feature in quite a few, and also today.

More of the brick pattern from yesterday's security envelope, this time with the address window as well. It was just asking to have something in the window, so....

Life's what you make it.... In this case - very pink.

The occupiers of this flat like pink, and even hung one of my earlier collages (from day 10) on their wall.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 49/100

Wow, nearly half way through my challenge...

The (completely) unexpected side effect to this challange is that I now actually open my mail, as I want to get hold of the insides of the security envelopes for the patterned paper.

There was a piece of mail which I really didn't want to open (from a solicitor, long story) - but I was glad I did - it had a lovely grey brick pattern inside (and the news was not as bad as I feared either).

I immediately thought of Repunzel, so here she is...

'Why would she not wait for her prince naked?'

Here is a close up of her face - her hair was printed on a coffee filter, that's why it's transparent.

Ha! I've had some time to do a touch of digital plastic surgery on the poor girl! The original eyes were so tiny I couldn't cut them any smaller...

And here is today's batch of security envelope patterns - quite a haul..

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 48/100

I follow Terry Runyan on Youtube and Facebook, and she did a video version of Bizzare Birds.
This is my take on the exercise. My birds are obviously different, but the idea credit goes to her.

This took way longer than I thought, mainly because I had to work out how to use my new scanner, and place all the legs on in Photoshop (I didn't like my drawn on ones, so I made some collage ones and scanned them in, and added them in Photoshop) - it looks better now. Trust me.

I was going to give them all hats, but perhaps another day...

Monday, 2 September 2019

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Collage a Day - Day 46/100

Today I didn't have a lot of time to do an intricate collage, so I did this.

Weeping Whale (Tears of joy)

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Collage a Day - Day 45/100

Today - a girl asleep in bed with her cat.

I had the whole length of the bed previously, but decided to crop as the story is all there at the top part of the image.

Collage a day - Day 44/100

Another imaginary portrait...

Friday, 30 August 2019

Collage a Day - Day 43/100

Bees today - the larger ones are the ones I did first, then the bees were slowly becoming less realistic until - killer bees with teeth... (but smiley)

And - bees in action - with a new vase, and flowers taken from another collage.

The Stig Lindberg Vase

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Collage a Day - Day 42 Bonus

Playing around, making landscapes out of my houses and new trees...

Collage a Day - Day 42/00

I needed some trees to go in my town, so I made a few.
The first attempts were a bit too stylised and generic.
They would work with the style of the buildings I guess...

Then I did some trees with leaves - this was much more fun to do, although time consuming...
When I have some more time I'll try both alongside the houses. Just for fun.

And - overlapped:
Much potential.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Collage a Day - Day 41/100

Today I just made more houses that I hope to use in the future for some townscapes.

Also - here is a little play with a repeat pattern - I didn't have much time to perfect this but it has potential...

I also tried playing around with the colours to make them pastely (not so keen).

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Collage a Day - Day 40/100

More houses...

This time I put them on a white background so I could scan them into photoshop and play with the placements. 

The one on the bottom left hand side is my house.

Litte Houses

I didn't have too much time to play, but the possibilites are... endless...
Or at least they will be when I make some more houses to have a good variety.
Perhaps some details, foliage, stuff like that.

Very quick example of a jumble of houses

And at night...

Another night time option, with a little colour:

Monday, 26 August 2019

Collage a Day - Day 39/100

A town at night, probably based on my home town which does have a river and a bridge...

Yes I can see that the houses look as though they are in full daylight.
It is something I am going to have to work on...

Up Late

Harder than I thought to arrange the houses in a jumble. Wasn't quite sure what to stick down first. I ended up using rubber cement, which can be repositioned, to a degree...  

Collage a Day - Day 38/100

This came about after spending some time in my garden...

Snail Party

Collage a Day - Day 37/100

Not much time today, not much to say about this one - just a vase of flowers...

Orange Vase

Collage a Day - Day 36/100

Today I was back to people - I noticed that it said 'Slumber Song' on the piece of old sheet music that I had, and that's where the idea came from. The lady that fell asleep that is.

Slumber Song

Collage a Day - Day 35/100

New computer and screen to get used to - the colours in this are better in real life, no scanner so I had to take a picture on my phone.

Not much time to indulge today, so just tried a mandala sort of collage.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Collage a Day - Day 34/100

I've been having computer problems, but I managed to get my computer to turn on this evening so here goes.
Not much time for collaging today, so this is just a quick one, based on an actual girl I saw walking around town a couple of days ago. And no, she wasn't cute.

Girl with Pink Ribbons

Monday, 19 August 2019

Collage a Day - Bonus Day 33

So this is John Horrace Webber - Bassoon Player like his great great grandfather.

John Horrace Webber - Bassoon Player, Jazz mostly...

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