Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Carte Postale-Mini Mixed Media Paintings






Did I ever tell you,
dear reader, that friends send me lovely
ephemera and treasures
by post...?


my friend 
Jeanne 






sent me loads of beautiful old stamps..
and they inspired me to make some 








small collage tiles...






using a neutral color palette 





mini mixed media paintings  





they measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 

and I mounted them on mixed media board..







they feel so romantic to me, 
rich in drama..
and relationship..






I imagine them traveling far.. 
to distant places with hope and love,

news of congratulations, celebrations...





and  of sadness and tragedy..

a tiny geometric shape...

holding so much energy..

as it was fixed to the envelope...








I love the stories that I weave in my mind...







about all the people that touched just one of these
stamps..
just imagine...
it is as if I can hear them whispering to me
from the past...


I don't know how many I will make, but I have a few more in the works..

may your week be beautiful
and all your letters filled with joy..



xo



29 comments:

jenclair said...

I love both mail art and collage. Your tiny collages combine both so beautifully and have provided me with some inspiration! I have wanted to try more collage work, but it really is a skill that escapes me. Combining elements requires an artistic eye I don't have, but I will continue to experiment. Thanks for sharing your lovely work!

Randi Kuhne PhotoBlog: Central Florida Photos, Blog, Travel Photojournal said...
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Randi Kuhne said...

I love them all, and your writing... what a wonderful imagination you have!

Pamela Gerard said...

Oh my -- those are so beautiful -- and, of course, RIGHT up my alley. Any time you want to trade, just let me know. In the meantime I will drool....and I will share this on my mail art page too....some beautiful eye candy and inspiration...

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

These are wonderful because of their petite size to highlight the stamps. Love love. xox

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

The colors of the stamps are beautiful and fit nicely with your palette...polka dots nice touch too!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Oh, Cat, I just LOVE these;they are quite a beautiful little series of masterpieces. I'm also drooling over those beautiful stamps... which are also one of my favorite ephemeral materials. I was lucky enough once to buy a huge freezer-size bag of stamps from someone on etsy for $12.00, some from the US and some from different places around the world!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Stamps are truly a favorite of mine. I'm in a swap with five other artists and we agreed to use stamps rather than metered mail to send our packages. That way, we can have stamps from places other than here at home.

Your collages are both romantic and original. I really like the composition and the neutral colors you chose to highlight the colorful stamps. These are collages I could look at all day long!

Miss Iowa said...

Thank you for such a soothing post, with the right amount of calm words accompanied by your beautiful collages. It's exactly what I needed after a stressful day. Buona sera.

Deb said...

Wonderful! Love your muted colors and simple. elegant style. And postage stamps - agree that there is something special about those tiny works of art.

Dorthe said...

They are so very beautiful dear Cat, they catch my eye, and make me smile, yes they gives me a romantic feeling, too- and they hold so many stories from so many persons. They are amazing little art pieces, and I adore them.
Your eye for beauty is amazing dear friend.
Hugs, Dorthe

Gail said...

Hello, these are beautiful collages, just wondering do you still
use the pasta maker to flatten them? Thanks. So love your blog.

Seth said...

Gorgeous pieces. Wonderful contrast between the neutrals and the vivid colors of the stamps. And what perfect compositions. Treasures indeed!

layers said...

I too love postage stamps and have used them in my collages as well... lately I have been collection Japanese postage stamps. your mini collages look wonderful...

Caterina Giglio said...

Jenclair, thanks for your kind remarks, so happy you are inspired, we hope for that, so you make my day! Have fun!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Randi, so happy you liked them so much, you got the best one! :D

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Pamela, well we will see what we can do, you need to have lots of stamps!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks Corrine, I think I will be mounting some for my Holiday show for EsScentuals... they ARE the perfect size! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, I do adore Polka Dots!

Caterina Giglio said...

Wow, Sharmon ... what a huge amount of stamps, lucky you! Happy you like the little series... so fun to make.. xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Buona Sera, Miss Iowa, so happy you enjoyed the post, and I love to pass on the serenity of the Dolce Vita, thanks for stopping by... I so appreciate your kind remarks! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh E, you are always so kind.... I think the polkas are a fun surprise, and what a great swap to get the stamps too, that is brilliant!! Hope you are having T today, I will try to pop over!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Deb you are so right about that, we all love them... it was usually the last thing we did before we shoved it into the mail slot, so it carried a lot of weight... amazing... tiny cellulose stories.

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh Dorthe, you are so very kind, thank you so much... it is best to use things we love isn't it, then the art is so much more meaningful... Thank you always for your kindness and your loving comments... xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Gail, yes ...I still make Italian collage, and I have been thinking of a new series that I want to start this fall when my deadlines are finished. So stay tuned!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Seth, thank you so much, glad you like them, they are a bit bright for me, LOL!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Donna, if I ever run across some Japanese stamps, I will be sure to send them, I did get a few Chinese stamps and they are interesting... Thanks so much, glad you liked the post..

Dawn C. said...

I love the simplicity of the color palette, yet so rich in depth! Beautiful!

Sandra said...

Love those smaller works!! Today is my wedding anniversary! 32 years! When I dated my boyfriend I lived in Austria and he lived in Toronto, Canada..this is all before internet..so love letters were all we had. I kept them ALL. The letters arrived with wonderful stamps but mostly it is what's inside that is special! Nice friend by the way who sends you presents like old stamps!!

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