A random gorgeous day in January yesterday, so I abandon my computer and picked up my camera to explore the garden surrounding the house. While browsing through my favorite photos after my outdoor excursion, I came up with the idea of using a photo of a pink magnolia as a layer in a cigarette tin collage. I glued a piece of paper with gold butterflies down first. Then printed the pink magnolia bloom on a piece of tracing paper. The glue created the ripple effect. Next the girl and the embellishments. And done! What a great way to use my mixed-media collages and my photography.
Although the glue hasn’t dried yet on this piece, I just had to share it. I found this yellow flower box at hobby lobby and knew a party was just waiting to happen inside. While some many aspects of this piece follow my traditional format, the girl, the buttons, the red mary janes. Be sure to notice the dangling christmas lights (too much fun!) and the dried hydrangea petal in her hair. Her skin is made up of french words and a nice big green bow ties together her top and bottom. Enjoy.
While still at the Scotts Antique Market, but after I bought my ceiling tiles (which I will discuss in a later post) I came across a very peculiar blue box with pealing paint. “Its a clock box,” the man told me. “Some have glass, but the one you’re holding does not.” It almost resembled a bird house for a big bird, who likes tight quarters. There was no longer a working clock inside, just a little dirt and lots of possibilities. The door worked and closed with a latch. I was sold.
It took me a couple of days of thinking to figure out what to do with it (completing the cigarette tin helped). The tricky part of the clock box is the cut out circle in front. The piece had to work with the door open or closed. I started by sketching up a random skirt design, that I hoped hadn’t done before. Then the paper selection, glueing and painting. And the ripping of paper when the door wouldn’t close. The the painting of the ceiling because of the ripped paper. And finally sanding the door down for it to finally close properly without ripping the paper. All that work only then to remember, the tricky part of the clock box, making sure it works both open and closed. Words that children shouldn’t hear went through my mind. Does it work? I think it is up to the viewer to decide, to think anything else might drive me crazy.
In searching for alternative background materials from canvas, I ventured to the Scott’s Antique Market. Initially, I went to find vintage tin ceiling tiles, but stumbled upon this Lucky Strike cigarette tin first. I fell in love with it. Instantly, I envisioned a traveling girl inside. Originally priced at $12, I paid $10. The merchant said it was a rare one, I am not sure if this was true or not, but it was a true treasure to me.
After cleaning the tin, I taped off the edges and sprayed painted the inside a bubble-gum pink. Once it was dry, I continued on with traditional methods of cutting paper, glueing and painting. Unfortunately, I ran out of room for a quote, but I like the window, just as much.
Lucky Strike Tin: wide: 4.25″ long: 5.5″ height: .5″