Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Altered Puzzle Pieces

On our Yahoo group, Pascale from France suggested an altered puzle pieces swap. From Julie from England, I received these jumbo pieces. Since she had no preference for a theme, I opted for Monet and Botticello.
It was a challenge to work with these pieces, especially with the composition. It also took more time than I thought, but then, I tend to change my ideas while I work - a bit too often...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Coast of Bretagne

We spent our one week holiday at the north coast of Bretagne this year and it was marvellous. The coast is very rugged and varied. There were beautiful rock formations everywhere and the influence of the sea so impressive.
I had some watercolour paints with me, but transparant watercolours were not very suitable to try to capture the rugged landscape.
Luckily I just had bought the book: Paper, Metal & Stitch written by Maggie Grey and Jane Wild for me to read on vacation. I found some inspiration in it! The supermarché sold brown kraftpaper, needles and threads. Together with the cardstock wrappings of our groceries, I made several collages.

Detail of the first collage

These materials suited much, much better! At home I added acrylic paint and mounted the collages on thick paper.
Second collage of the series.
Detail of the second collage.