My Art: Mixed Media Collages

Today my thoughts are on spring and a few lovely inspiring things which have found their way to me.

My Art: Mixed Media Collages
Hello Lovely Studio

a bit of a vintage collage i completed

My Art: Mixed Media Collages
My Art: Mixed Media Collages

my collage is a part of a series i’m creating called DISCARDED & WITHDRAWN

  1. Creating new mixed media pieces.

This little guy’s called KINGBIRD, and includes a pieced together poem from random text. random is hardly a challenge for me…ahem.

My Art: Mixed Media Collages
My Art: Mixed Media Collages

all of the vintage illustrations are old and originals

My poem:

“I MADE UP MY MIND TO LOOK.

I KEPT MY EYES OPEN

FINDING THINGS

THAT TO ME

ALWAYS HAD BEEN

CONCEALED IN THICK FOLIAGE.”

the first line is the most powerful and meaningful one for me.

My Art: Mixed Media Collages
My Art: Mixed Media Collages

I love packaging handmade things almost as much as creating them. This was for someone very special and was tied with raw silk and an old rhinestone shoe clip made in France.

My Art: Mixed Media Collages
My Art: Mixed Media Collages

2. Scoring new treasures at my favorite junk sales.

My criteria when I shop: What can I not live without? Only those items can come home with me. Hence, the gorgeous barn pulley and horseshoes. go figure.

My Art: Mixed Media Collages
My Art: Mixed Media Collages

3. Monograms…they’re irresistible.

Above is an early 1900s engraving from a jeweler. I use these for my collages.

4. Lightened up interiors.

Where heavy cableknit sweaters and wool bags were strung on a coatrack, now a happy mix of ballet slippers and pointe shoes brightens the mood.

5. Friendship* and luxury hotels.

Sort of a match made in heaven. This was snapped two weeks ago of me and my little sis in a pillow fight…yes, we are grown women (each with a pair of teenaged sons) no, we are not twins but we sometimes say yes when asked because it seems to make everyone happy.

That headboard? Like buttah. Here’s to a new month of new inspiration!

Thanks for following. *i’ve met so many lovely new friends in blogland this month including fabulous Laura at Happy Homemaker UK (check out her link party at this CRUSHWORTHY blog!).

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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20 Comments

  1. March 31, 2011 / 1:37 am

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. So much inspiration, and beautiful photography.

    x

  2. March 31, 2011 / 11:19 am

    I love htat photo of you and your sister jumping on the bed having a pillow fight. I'm jealous that you got to stay in such a gorgeous room. It looks like the height of luxury to me. Loving those lamps. Yum!!

    Sarahx

  3. March 31, 2011 / 3:22 pm

    'Crushworthy' – I've been called a lot of things, but never that! I love it! I'm flattered 🙂

    I love LOVE that photo of you and your sis – so playful in a grown up environment. I love the first line of your poem too – and the artwork. Such creative juices, you 🙂

    Thank you for joining the first Post Of The Month Club – I hope you'll link up again in April 😉 XOL

  4. March 31, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    I LOVE your awesome collage – want one immediately if not sooner. Also just found your blog and I love it – following you – hope you follow back;O)
    Axx
    http://anyaadores.blogspot.com

  5. March 31, 2011 / 9:15 pm

    You ridiculously talented woman you. Love the mixed media pieces like seriously properly LOVE with a capital L. And your photography makes me green with envy because I wish I could work my camera to make it make pretty pictures like that. The one with you and your sis? Too cool for school. xxx

  6. March 31, 2011 / 10:02 pm

    you peeps are so sweet to me! an etsy shop soon! Red you are #1 on the list to receive a complimentary "review pieces" to get the ball rolling when i get a shop!

    my sis and i had so much fun taking a zillion pics in that suite!

  7. April 1, 2011 / 1:26 am

    What a lovely post. So full of creativity and playfulness. I loved this!

    Your little artworks a so well put together. Being a mixed media artist myself I know just how much work goes into making montages and collages like that. They look adorable and I hope you hang onto them for the future.

    Have a lovely end to the week.

    xx Charlotta

  8. April 1, 2011 / 4:31 am

    Hi sweet friend,

    One of these days you need to offer a giveaway with of one of your wonderful art pieces.

    I have not forgotten about the book! But I won't send it until next week, if that is ok.

    Warm hugs to you,

    Mon

  9. April 1, 2011 / 8:15 am

    Oh Michele! I am stunned!

    I had to have a computer-free day yesterday but wish I'd managed a sneak peak here, for I would've then had a much more inspiring day!

    Your art leaves me speechless, I LOVE IT! I feel like it really speaks to me, as does your lovely poem! I love monograms too!

    I am so excited to hear about your Etsy shop!!

    I love your wrapping, and pulley and horse photos. And your pillow fight photo – wonderful and priceless!!

    This whole post, truly, has uplifted me! You are incredible and a huge inspiration to me.

    Yes, here's to a month of new inspiration!

    Have a lovely weekend. Hugs to you.

    Meera xx

  10. April 1, 2011 / 1:25 pm

    So many beautiful images…thrilled to find and follow your blog this morning!!

  11. April 2, 2011 / 12:08 am

    your collage is beautiful. I love your barn pulley find.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

  12. April 2, 2011 / 12:23 am

    Thank you for participating in the link party.

    Your photos and blog are stunning!!

  13. April 2, 2011 / 2:41 am

    Amazing pictures with such inspiration. The Guest Room post/pictures are my favorite.

    Following your blog and will be back often to visit.

    Found your link from Follow On Friday.

    Thank You
    Christy M.

  14. April 2, 2011 / 12:34 pm

    Calling by from Happy Homemaker UK as participating in Post of the Month and really enjoying meeting everyone else and reading their favourite posts. Lovely photos and inspiration.

  15. April 3, 2011 / 11:31 pm

    It was so much fun to read all about you and get to know a new friend. I love your style, and am so glad you linked up!

  16. April 5, 2011 / 5:44 am

    The pillowfight shot is just awesome! Love that you can see y'alls reflection in the table you had your camera on!

  17. April 6, 2011 / 2:46 am

    Saying hi from WUW 🙂
    I love your work one talented miss aint ya!

  18. April 21, 2011 / 12:30 am

    Your media pieces are wonderful and I love the shot of you jumping on the bed. Thanks for joining my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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