Theme Reveal

Today is the theme reveal day for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

This will be my third time doing the challenge. (This morning I re-released the posts from the other two years.)

In 2015, I just gotten back from Laity Lodge in Texas and my posts more or less revolved around that experience.

In 2016, still grieving for my mother, I wrote posts about her, dementia, caregiving, and such.

For 2017, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but struggled to find a label for it.

For some months now I have been playing with the art form of collage. I find children’s books that are in a state of disrepair, cut out the pictures, and make new pictures, mostly on cards.

I mailed a bunch out as cards to friends and family without scanning them to save the art, but now I scan what I make so I can remember.

At Christmas, I made a little picture for each family member that served as their place-card at the dinner table.

The more I do, the more I learn.

Cheap paints run. Note how blue Rabbit and the The Velveteen Rabbit are in their encounter in the lower right corner. The blue paint has just been a stinker for me. It ruined more pictures than I can say.

Cheap paper wrinkles when it’s glued. Some books have great pictures, but the paper is so cheap it’s almost not worth the time cutting the picture out.

Heavy glossy paper doesn’t glue well either. Pictures from pop-up books and the covers of coloring books just don’t want to stay stuck.

For April 2017, my A to Z Theme is Quirky Collage. A collage a day  — plus words, because I find them inescapable.

Hope you enjoy!

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15 thoughts on “Theme Reveal

  1. This is beautiful, Sally. I have saved your collage cards; they are tucked on a shelf with my books. I’ll look forward to the daily outcomes of this endeavor.

  2. I have my lovely cow on my fridge, balancing on a magnet for all to see. When I’m home today I’ll have to take a picture and send it for your “records” (unless you already have it chronicled). I’m looking forward to April!

    • I didn’t scan yours. Plus you have one of only a few that I tried to write words on.

      I need something still for the letter “M” and Moo would work for that.

      Yes, yes — please do!

  3. This sounds interesting. I do a lot of photo collages for my blog and for family birthday cards but it’s been many years since I did any painting or tearing of paper to collage.
    kristin at Finding Eliza

  4. So I had to look up the A to Z theme challenge and I am intrigued. Of course, I see that you’ve been doing it each year so I’ve probably read a number of your lovely posts. I’m looking forward to this year’s!

    • I love challenges like this because it gives me a direction. Each year that I’ve done it, I’ve had a lot of fun with it and met other bloggers along the way.

  5. What a neat idea! I’ve always had an affinity for collage work. Two of my daughters do a lot of it and one even had a collage business for a while. Look forward to see what you do.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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