I’ve just spent the first few days of the new year “cleaning” and trying to organize things in my art room. (Again!)  It’s great going through bins and drawers and shelves and rediscovering things I’d forgotten about.  But I’ve decided that this is the year I am going to have to weed out some of my supplies!  I have collected so many odds and ends – cabinet cards, atlases, maps, dictionaries, wallpaper books, songbooks, letters, postcards, stamps, fabric, paper, paper, paper – with the intention of using it in my collage work, but there is just no way I could possibly use all I have in a lifetime.  I have so many old books that I could never bear to rip apart, so I would scan the pages I wanted to use.  Not quite the same feel, though, as the real aged paper. So rip old books I will!  (Nothing valuable, of course).  And I will use the ephemera I’ve collected and hoarded. Enough of holding onto things!

This is a quick little assemblage I made with some of the scraps I came across.



It has been way too long since I’ve stepped foot in my art room.  I have been working in my sketchbooks, but just haven’t been able to do anything more concrete.  I know there are those who would say sketching is productive, and it surely is. And I have been creative in other ways-cooking, gardening, photographing, crocheting a couple of hats and scarves and pin-y sort of things.

One reason I’ve avoided the art room is the mess it’s become and my lack of desire to straighten it up.  It’s just the way I work-I’m not neat.  Once I did a bit of tidying up, I was more inspired to do some painting and collage.  Heaven knows I have enough art supplies, old books, little scraps and ephemera to keep me busy forever!  Here’s a glimpse of different areas of the room and the drawers of STUFF I like to use in collage.


The piece below was actually done awhile ago, but I rediscovered it when I went through my folders.  What other surprises are hidden in here?

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