Friday, December 8, 2017

Le Jardin De Amants-The French Paper Series

have favorites...

I try not to..

but there it is..

we do have favorites..

Detail of The Essence of Joy, Mixed Media Collage,  Caterina Giglio

and this collection is one of 


The Essence of Joy, 8 x 8 Mixed Media Collage, Caterina Giglio

while I love my work..

Detail from Jardin Mosaic, Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

everything I create,

there are some pieces
that were so effortless to create
and I felt so in tune
when I created it that
I had the feeling
I was connected to everyone
and everything..

what inspires me to continue to create,
is that holy union..

Jardin Mosaic, 11 x 14 Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio 

and those works 
stand out...

this series has some favorite Italian Collage pieces
 Italian Collage is a form of Chine -Collé.

Chine-collé is a special technique in printmaking, in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. One purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a much more delicate surface, such as Japanese paper or linen, which pulls finer details off the plate.

Vintage Fleur 8 x 8 Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

Italian Collage, 
which is a what I call
the process that I use to 
press many layers of collage together
using a pasta machine..
and applying lots of gel medium
is very different..

Detail from Vintage Fleur, Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

Floating, 8 x 8 Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

Besides using copious amounts of glue..
I am not creating a 
I am simply pressing papers into the substrate...
and the substrate is 
mixed media paper 
or watercolor paper..

Detail from Floating, Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

It is time consuming and tedious..

#31 Mixed Media Collage, 8 x 8, Caterina Giglio, 

but my favorite part of this collection..

Detail from #31, Caterina Giglio

Detail from Rustica, Caterina Giglio

is the ephemeral quality of the 

Rustica, 8 x 8 Mixed media Collage, Caterina Giglio

the images..
snippets of memory ...

Strolling Paris, 11 x 14 Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

I tried to capture
the whirl of image..

Le Petite Illustration, Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

as one saunters past..

Carnaval Fleur, 6 x 6, Mixed Media, Caterina Giglio

store fronts...
and restaurants..

Petite Fleur, 5 x 5, Mixed Media, Caterina Giglio

Deux Fleur, 5 x 5, Mixed Media, Caterina Giglio

and the flowers...

Rouge, 5 x 5, Italian Collage, Caterina Giglio

in each box..
on each table..
bouquets of tiny beauty..
offering themselves
for nothing other than
 pure enjoyment..

My show opens tonight in
Fort Collins, CO
but you can see prices and view the entire collection
using this link

142 Bis Gallerie

Grazie, Grazie!!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Miniature Book Making Tutorial

Well dear readers and viewers..

this is my last video

I hope you enjoy it
and let me know what you think...

I adore my little bug book
also known 
and hope you enjoy the miniature
book tutorial..

I am working on my November pages
and I will have them for you and of course
my annual Holiday post..
before I take my Winter break..

Thank you for your kind comments,
I so appreciate you..
your love touches my heart..

Ciao, ciao!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Give Thanks

gentle readers and viewers..

I was sitting last night
beginning my meditation..

listening to the sound of the crickets..
serenade me into bliss..
and I realized how grateful

I am to live in a place that experiences both
the falling of leaves
and the longevity of 

butterflies, dragonflies and crickets..

what a wonderful world...

there are so very many things to give thanks for 
in my world..
the tiniest things cause my heart to swell..

 a solitary mum left on the dying plant..
a small stack of leaves rich in contrast..
and a velvety green pumpkin that makes me want to 
reach out and touch ...

the simple things are so often
heart brakingly gorgeous..

I am also grateful for family and friends..
and so I will be taking 
a much needed blog/vlog break
to spend the holiday with 

since we are traveling..

I wish you all a beautiful 

But when I return I will
film a video
share the process for creating my 

miniature book..

In my grateful heart..
I count you too..
sweet reader and dear viewers..
I am grateful to you for following along 
for all these years..

I never take your kindness for granted ...
and know that there are many out there that have 
never signed your name to a comment..

but faithfully
read and follow..

and for that,
 I am most



Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Collection

Ciao, gentle readers...

Here is a little video
sharing a
sneak peek

of my 
Holiday Collection 

Le Jardin De Amants

The Garden of the Lovers...

I shared my inspiration for this collection as well as my thoughts
about my work and why I create my art..

I love the way they turned out 
on the boards..
but, seriously
they did give me me fits..
I hope you enjoy it..

I still need to ship everything to the gallery
and the pieces will be listed 
on my gallery
page here,
 as soon as they arrive and find prices..
I will let you know, of course!

Thank you for watching..
I am so blessed by you..


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

October Art Journal Pages

That cold north wind does blow..
it seems to me that 

Autumn is truly a season
of the soul..


the old crone 
calls to us all ...
and change is evident everywhere we look..

I sometimes resist change..
I imagine most of us do,
preferring what we know to the unknown..

change always seems so scary..
and yet I feel it in my bones..

Change is inevitable and in the air..
like the swirling leaves..

and the twisting branches...

What is harder is knowing and
intuitively feeling it..

but not knowing what exactly is coming..

so my pages look
a bit ominous, 
and again, I wanted to create the feeling
of wind..

the winds of change..
that bring new seeds of growth..

I hope you feel the drama..

Ingredients: Walnut Ink, handmade papers, paper ephemera, antique ephemera, personal photos, cheesecloth, wrapping papers acrylic ink, Pitt Pens, pencil.

This weekend, I will be sharing a 
Vlog post on YouTube 
of my latest

The French Paper Series..
Le Jardin De Amants

and I am working on a 
miniature book
 and planning on sharing the technique with you..

Until then,
dear readers..


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In the Boneyard

Your existence my dear,
O love, my dear,

Has been sealed and marked

"Too sacred,"
"too sacred." by the Beloved---

to ever end!

Indeed, God has written a thousand promises

all over your heart

That say,

Life, life, life...

is far too sacred to ever end.

God's Bucket


Dia De Los Muertos,
All Souls' Day,
All Saints' Day...

whatever you celebrate as the thin veil
is lifted..


Friday, October 27, 2017

Handmade Journal with Tyvek Cover

Ciao, dearhearts...

I hope you enjoy this little video on my Tyvek covered journal..
I wanted to create something that
had a yummy leather look..

and I think I found it..

Let me know what you think..

The only thing I did not share is how to embellish the cover..
but since everyone will be doing something different..
I am sure you will create the perfect collage
for your personal journal...

if you have any questions, you know I will
be more than happy to answer them..

Have a gorgeous weekend
my gentle viewers..


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