Tuesday, July 13, 2010


" For the life of her Miss Mary could not imagine what had happened to the letter she was reading in the garden that very morning. Nor could she figure out what had happened to the pen she was using in her correspondence."

-Miss Mary's Missing Mail Mixed Media Collage-(Click any photo to enlarge for better viewing)

While browsing around blog land yesterday during a break I stumbled upon a collage sheet challenge from Mary of Green Paper. It looked like a lot of fun and since the studio is in at least functioning order I decided I wanted to play. Whoo Hooo! The very first merry making mess in the new studio!
Mary's challenge was to use the free collage sheet, with the three images she provided, to create an art piece in any medium using whole or at least part of all three images. The images were a woman, an old envelope, and a small floral image. My mixed media piece is entitled Miss Mary's Missing Mail.For the life of her Miss Mary could not imagine what had happened to the letter she was reading in the garden that very morning...Nor could she figure out what had happened to the pen she was using in her correspondence...I was suffering from serious creative withdrawal when I did this piece so I attacked technique with a vengeance. A smooth oval portrait canvas serves as a base for this piece which measures 12 in. by 9 in. The background is done in collage with various pieces of vintage ephemera including and old letter then spattered and waxed to resemble an egg.

I printed Mary's images on French Photo Paper and then hand tinted them.I used a triple printing process to print out the bird.The envelope nest is filled with a shredded old letter, twigs, pale green reindeer moss, the floral images, and speckled eggs.A snippet of lace, copper seam binding, an old pen, text from an old book, and the topping off bling of an old earring add finishing touches to the piece.You can visit Mary's linking page HERE to visit all the other artist who participated. It was so great to take a little break and make something...now, back to work on the studio itself, I can see the finish line!

Thank you for stopping in to visit!

Miss Sandy


Mary Green said...

Gorgeous! What detail and beauty!

Robin said...

WOW! Glad you are back creating again, this is just a stunning piece!

At Home in English Valley said...

Your Miss Mary Hayes Challenge piece is pure magic! I love the oval shape and the overflowing envelope, it's so beautiful and original. Wonderful art. Love, Penny

sugar Creek said...

wow this is really beautiful!

Linda K. said...
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Lenna Young Andrews said...

dear sandy, This is so breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment about my challenge piece for mary's blog. It is so nice to find you again; the very creative mother goose ATCs you made a few years ago for one of my swaps(?) are some of my most favorite swap pieces I ever received. Thank you! lenna

Anonymous said...

Sandy, I LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!! I need to go back and take another long look at all of the elements you used in it.
You're the best! Again, love it!

Sandy Michelle said...

Girl your collage is just gorgeous! I love all the details! Thanks for your e-mail!


Myrna said...

Hi Sandy! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment..YOUR collage is GORGEOUS! I love all your 'pocket' treasures and the whole theme of your collage.
Great job!

Maria said...

your challenge piece is fabulous! I love all the details you created and added, making it three dimensional. And I also loved how you explained what you did along the way. Lovely work!

Celestial Charms said...

Oh such a beautiful mixed media creation. Your Mary is very much like myself...absentminded :)

Vee said...

How delightful! I'd been visiting Green Paper earlier and saw how creative and unique each piece was. Yours is beautifully detailed and your background story is an added touch.

Vickie said...

Beautiful, Miss Sandy! You've done it again - all your creative juices must have been flowing today!

Lady Farmer said...

So beautiful, and with my favorite subject matter ~ birds and nests!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I'm breathless. This piece is incredible. Goodness! It really takes my breath away.

Eva said...

Your miss Mary mixed media collage is so Beautiful and so many lovely details.

missy k said...

Truly amazing! Such beautiful colours, content and story. I really, really LOVE it!


Fabric Art said...

Oh Sandy what a gorgeous piece, your collage is so beautiful with so many great details, love everything about it.

Dorthe said...

Stunning, Sandy,
so special details, so many things to see, so lovely colors, I love your fantastic piece.
Blessings, Dorthe

Laura said...

Dear Miss Sandy,
You are so creative...I just love visiting your blog!

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Miss Sandy,
OUt of the box girl! I want to just throw mine out & start over. You really did an amazing job. I'd say the studio is open for business! Lisa

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Miss Sandy!

You've given the word "vengeance" a whole new meaning!!!! hahahaha

This is spectacular!!! (of course ALL of your work is) but I love love LOVE this one!!!

It's so nice to see you back in the "new" studio and getting all creative & messy again!!!! yay!!!!

I just love all of the little details Miss Sandy...but of course...already having a piece of your art...that's what separates you from the rest...THE DETAILS!!!!


Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Wow! That's amazing. So beautiful & so full of detail. I love it! You really raised the bar. LOL

I love all the little details... the pen, bird, eggs, twig. It's great!

Thanks for sharing. :)
hugs, Joanna

Debbi said...

Naturally, you would add a writing element! It's just perfect! Makes me all warm and fuzzy . . . I think your story just finds that spot in my heart . . . you know . . . the soft one . . .

Thank you for your kind comment . . . I didn't realize it was you till I stopped by.

Debbi said...

Okay . . . it's haunting me . . . is that song on your playlist from Finding Neverland?! It evokes those feelings . . . and I have to know!
Thanks! :)

Kat's World said...

This is just gorgeous...the colors...everything about it. I especially like that it's egg shaped and includes eggs... I used to do pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) so that makes it extra special. Thank you also for your kind comment at my site.

Lilla said...

this is one of my two favourites in this challenge. Very cool and innovative.

Jo said...

This is ADORABLE! I love the story and the naughty bird, all so beautifully made. Bravo!

Burlap Luxe said...

Miss Sandy,
Oooooh!!! you have captured my heart! I have been wanted to blog some of my altered and mixed media work! you have inspired me to do so:)

I am a follower and will be back to drool.
Thank you for your comment on my bird stories.

TinyBear said...

This piece of art is stunning Miss Sandy and so detailed.... LOVE it.
Hope everything is going great with the new studio.
Wishing you a wonderful day
xo Tina

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Sandy!!!! I'm so, so happy you participated in Mary's art challenge!!!!! And WHAT A BEAUTY!!!! Sandy, this artwork is just gorgeous to me and I love how you filled the envelope...absolutely beautiful dear friend ~ I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, hugs and love, Dawn

Linda64 said...

WOW..Your miss Mary mixed media collage is beautiful and love all the small beautiful details.

Hug, Linda

JeanFB said...

This is positively stunning! I could look at it for hours - beautiful work! (I especially love the depth that the wax gives to your background... truly looks like a robin's egg!)

Gaby Bee said...

What a great piece! There are so many details here and they all work together so well. Simply perfect!

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