Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Love Heart

Collage with butcher paper and sewn on sequins. Small clip art from Tuscan Rose.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Her Secret Garden

"Joan was so glad to be able to visit her secret garden one more time before her relatives sent her away for electroshock treatment at the sanitarium."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What You Wear

I've been working on this collage for a while. I made a bunch of fairy hats one day, and I couldn't decide which one I wanted this fairy to wear. Then I came across this "It's What You Wear" page in a collage fodder pack that I bought from Found Elements. Then the collage came together. I like the idea that she can't decide which fairy hat to wear.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's An Off Kilter World

I've been feeling very off kilter lately because of my migraines, so I was trying to capture the feeling with a collage. I wanted it to look like a kid's drawing of a house and family. I used stamp stickers for the house window and rub on flowers for the daisies. The jewelry cat body is from Tuscan Rose.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

New Collage Cupcakes

I've been trying some new techniques with my cupcake collages. On the top cupcake, I tried using charcoal pencil for the cupcake paper and on the bottom cupcake, I used rub-on stitching for the cupcake paper.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Bird on The Head

I've been reading Artful Blogging and admiring the many art blogs out there, and I've noticed that most of them have an awesome banner at the top. I've got photoshop, but thanks to my migraines, I'm such a beginner at it, so I've been trying to collage an image for the top of my blog. I decided to change the name from "Migraine Chick Collages" to "A Bird on The Head." I don't want people to think my collages are just about migraines, but I think a bird on the head still symbolizes it in a way, if that makes sense.

Here are my first two attempts at a banner image.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I created a patron saint of Migraines because migraine sufferers need their own saint. Her name is Migrainelupe. I've made several collages about her. This is my latest one. Lately, I've been feeling like I need some divine intervention with my head pain. Check out my Flickr photo set under Migrainelupe for the other collages.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Handmade Paper Cupcake Collage

I made my latest cupcake collage using a handmade paper assortment pack from Hollanders. I'm really starting to appreciate the lovely handmade papers. This pack comes from India and it cost around 7.95. For the background, I used a sheet of decorative paper from Michaels.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I went to Hollanders in Ann Arbor yesterday for the first time. Hollanders is one of the leading and largest sources in the country for decorative papers and bookbinding supplies It’s located in Kerrytown, which I go to all the time in the summer and fall for the Farmer’s Market, but I wasn’t aware of Hollanders located in the mall next door until I started reading magazines on creating collages.

My first impression was that the store was like a card and stationary store, but upon further exploring it, I found room after room of handmade papers. Some of them were very expensive and works of art. They were so beautiful. In addition, I found lots of wrapping paper, art supplies, Dover books, ribbon, cards, journals, and photo albums.

Mostly, the store overwhelmed me. There were so many choices and I felt very out of my depth and I was keenly aware of what a beginner I am in the world of collage. I even felt like I didn’t belong. Then I told myself that everyone has to start somewhere right?

I ended up buying some magazines, a sheet of butterfly design paper, and some handmade paper packs. The staff was very nice. I would love to take a class there on collage, but it’s quite expensive and I would have to take time off work. Moreover, there is the fear of a bad migraine day happening the same day as the class.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Imaginary Friends Lunch

Cassie didn't mind making lunch for her imaginary friends, but everyone always wanted something different.

(This is the first time I've used an image from a collage sheet. It's from Tuscan Rose.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Almost French

I stopped by one of my favorite used bookstores in Ann Arbor. It’s called Dawn Treader. I was looking for a used French poetry book for my collages. I wanted something inexpensive with yellowed paper.

I looked under the poetry section first, but I didn’t find anything. Then I headed to the foreign language section. There were several shelves of French books. Since I don’t speak French, I had no ideas what any of the titles read, so I had to pull each book out and flip through it.

While I was doing this, I saw a young woman join me in the same section to look at the books. She gave me a nice smile, and she had that collage student look about her. I realized that she probably thought I spoke French and that was why I was there. She probably had no idea that I was there for nefarious reasons which was potential booking chopping up for collages.

Still, I ran over the extent of my French, which is Bon Jour. It was fun pretending to know French for those few minutes before she left. I finally found an inexpensive book and bought it.

The above collage is what I used part of the book for. This is the first time, I've tried hand sewing something on a collage. Also, I used paper lace for the top.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Paper Dolls

I don't remember being interested in playing with paper dolls as a child, but then again I was pretty limited with my Barbie play as well. It wasn't until I was an adult that I discovered how awesome Barbie could be, and now I'm feeling that same way about paper dolls.

I like the idea of trying to create a character with a paper doll, whether it's what I call a Magazini, a paper doll made from found magazine images, or a fairy paper doll.

Recently, I've found two great books on paper doll making. One is called Beyond Paper Dolls: Expressive Paper Personas Crafted with Innovative Techniques and Art Mediums by Lynne Perrella.

The other is called Artful Paper Dolls: New Ways to Play with a Traditional Form by Terry Taylor.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Strawberry Cupcake Collage

This is my eighth cupcake collage. It's hard to believe that I've already made so many of them. On this one, I'm not so sure how the whipped cream on top of the cupcake turned out. I really like the cupcake paper though.

You can see the entire set at Cupcake Collages.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Quest for Ephemera

Over the weekend, I visited a local antique mall on a quest for antique photos and ephemera for my collages. I found three nice old photos that I really liked, including a spooky looking old house, a woman with a small child and a sweet girl dressed in a fancy dress with a big ribbon in her hair. Also, I found some old letters, one of which seems to be written from a man to a woman about a date at a hotel. The other letter I found appears to be written in Danish. It has cool stamps on the envelope with "Aerogram" written on the front.

Actually buying your items at this antique store is a bit of pain because they have to hand write a sales receipt to each vendor and when you have a handful of items it takes a while. I did have a nice conversation with the sales clerk at the counter though. We talked about the old photographs. I asked her what a cabinet photo was since I've been seeing the term a lot on EBay, etc. Apparently, they are thin photographs mounted on cards from around 1890.

I'm really starting to love these old photographs. I used to think they were all quite creepy, but once I started looking closer at these people's faces, I found myself wondering who they were and what further stories I could invent for them with collages.