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The current issue of TCNJ* Alumni magazine is so full of beautiful images that from the moment I received it, I’ve been aching to do something with it. Seeing all the collages in the ICAD challenge has given me the impetus to try an index card-sized example.


I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. During June and July, I intend to do something creative every day–a little something, just big enough to fit on an index card. Visit ICAD 2016’s Facebook page if you would like so see what other participants are doing.

ICAD*The College of New Jersey. I earned my MA in music education there when it was still called Trenton State College.

P is for Painting with Paper

P is for Painting with Paper

While visiting the Arizona Fine Art Expo, I was blown away by the art of Janelle Lindley, characterized by bright color and grand scale. Looking closely at the artwork, I discovered printing on the canvas. It seemed to me that fragments of paper were stuck to the surface.

The artist came by and asked if I had any questions.

Yes. Is this…collage?”

“It’s a collage technique. I call it paper painting.

She stepped over to a shelving unit and pulled out a storage bin. Inside were scraps of paper painted yellow. Other bins held more painted paper scraps, organized by color.


“I take apart old books, magazines, and catalogs (though not the glossy-paper type) and paint the pages. Then I tear the paper and use it to ‘paint’ my images.”

I noticed that some of the paper was old sheet music, which especially pleased me.

Lindley glues the paper fragments in place with gel medium applied with a brush. She (or her husband) seals the completed works with varnish or resin.DSC00945

The finished products are remarkable for their complexity, shading, and detail.






On a Quest Janelle Lindley

See more of Janelle Lindley’s artwork on Arizona Fine Art Expo’s website.

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Poetic Collage

Poetic Collage

Disclaimer: None of these gorgeous images are mine; I found them on Pinterest. If you know the photographer of any of these, please let me know in the comments so I can give them credit.

This collage is the result of an exercise in a book I’m reading, poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. The assignment is to collect words, and then use them to randomly label things. To see my labels, let your cursor touch the pictures. I was only mildly successful with this; most times my labels are somehow related to the picture, missing the whole purpose of spawning out-of-the-box poetic imagination. Oh, well. It was fun, anyway.