A Green Collage for St Patrick's Day

Green is poison and envy and nature and purity. It's trees and leaves and moss and algae. The flight of summer's exotic birds and a delicate butterfly and leafy palms and frog spawn.

I love green. Every shade: mint, olive, grass, pine, chartreuse...

For this week's GREEN-themed collage I chose a woodland theme: this lone toadstool standing proud in the silence (is it silent if there's no-one there to hear?)

Into the Woods, Green collage, The Collage Club

The bird's nest adds a hint of colour and outsize interest in the foreground, confusing perspectives, while the angles of the branches just line up between the different forest imagery, the gloss of the photograph adding surface contrast (far right).

I love the juxtaposition of the brightly-coloured budgie perching on the toadstool in the gloom of the woods. Only in a collage!

And I couldn't resist adding some detail in a combination of bright green-greenery mending wool and this snappy metallic yarn. It came out like a simple flower outline so I went with it.

Into the Woods, Green collage, The Collage Club

The shamrocks are an added, seasonal bonus considering the occasion. I didn't go searching for them but I found them just the same. I guess that's the luck of the Leprichaun - Happy St Patrick's Day!

Check out some other GREEN-themed collages, here and here, plus some fun green vignettes.

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Psychedelic Forest

I've been working a lot on digital pattern design recently, and part of that has meant manipulating my watercolour and acrylic art digitally. It's something I had never really thought of doing before, beyond the usual cropping and touching up of an image to post online.

But then...the patterns.

I present: 'Psychedelic Forest'

Psychedelic Forest: a digital collageI painted the watercolour forest while chatting on the phone, pencilled over it and added a bit of collage. A bit of fun on a sunny evening. (It was a long conversation!)

Then I was working on some new patterns for the Make it in Design Summer School 2016, and accidentally filled the background of the scanned image. Well, that's changed everything.

I'd buy it from myself if I could. I know you're not meant to say that about your own work but I love the drama and the colour, the vibrant, vivid colour, and the naive, hand-drawn elements.

It's the art print of my mind right now.

Psychedelic: "hallucinations and apparent expansion of consciousness" - exactly.

If it was a real place I'd go. I wonder what adventures I'd find in the 'Psychedelic Forest'?

Happy (inspirational) Saturday!

2 lonely tea cups

2 lonely tea cups

What do you think when you see this image?

I think it is a bit of a metaphor for loneliness, or 'the difference between us', or a brightly coloured 'yin and yang'.

It feels sad somehow, but also like it could spark off a story. The tea cups are mis-matched, or perhaps perfectly matched; clinging together on their 'together but separate' islands of doubt.

Where is this place? Who drank out of those cups? Is it festive (with the red and the green)?

Who knows? Who cares? What happens to all the lonely tea cups in the world, and is this where they all go to 'die'?

This is at the heart of the anti-inspiration ethos. See. Think.

Discuss!