Saturday, March 7, 2009

a wall and a walk






well, now i've gone and done it. i was hanging up 'march' from jess gonacha's beautiful 2009 calendar and decided that i wanted to see everything all at once, so i collaged one of my kitchen walls with her calendar patterns and a few of her prints. and i love it. i have a weakness for collaging walls. it started with my grandmother, who went into one of her 'garbage moods' back in the seventies and decoupaged her entire front hallway in paperback covers from psychology books. (lots of other stories to tell there, as you can imagine.) so since then i've covered walls and bulletin boards with my postcards, letters, pictures, and other memories in nearly every place i've lived. last week i saw an ultracool patchwork patterned wall on ninainvorm (it's on the right sidebar, close to the bottom) and i think that's what prompted me to start cutting up jess's fabulous prints.

with that out of my system, this morning artsygirl and i went exploring, journaling, window shopping, and got our chocolate fix at au marché (a chocolate bunny for her and nutella for me). now i've been roped into a game of trouble and after that i'm going to start two projects - one involves a chair and the other lots of patterns. by the way, i totally enjoyed the commentary on the marshmallow peeps - that topic appears to be even more divisive than politics!

29 comments:

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh WOW! Your wall looks as glorious and chic as any paperie store in SoHo. Gorgeous colors and patterns! Fantastic idea. And I love artsygirl's happy skirt and drawing. Wonder what's going on there? And what's with your town and halves???

Ok, psychology paperbacks? Why not Harlequin romance novels? Or art prints? Your grandmother sounds way cool. :D

Sounds like you've got the creative fire burning bright, and I'm soooo envious!

Tita Moma said...

I love collages. Tell us more about your grandmother's collaged hallway.

soulbrush said...

oh yes wow! what glorious colours, lifts the heart.

messyfish said...

what a wonderful colourful creative post. I have looked at it 3 times now!

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

Your wall looks great - I love it!! I'm sure Jess will love it, too!! I saved some of Jack's early, early fingerpainting (where all the colors got watery and blended into a pretty plum color) - thinking one day, I would copy one design and collage it in a repeat on a wall....here we are 10 years later.....still in a box.

cindy : quaint said...

your wall looks mighty fine and i love all the color you're showing us today. i'd love to hear more about your grandmother's wall, too. we saw bees yesterday ... spring is on the way. hope it will stay for a while. hope you're having a good weekend.

Dawn said...

Lovely photos...love the colors and patterns!

And peeps: I think you either love 'em or you hate 'em. Me, I'm not a fan, but my mom is. Every year, I buy her some peeps. A little sugary love!

Stampmaiden said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your supercool wall! The colors, patterns ACK! I wanna touch it! LOL! Oh, and I think that pic of the bright colored skirt with pants and sparkly shoes is brilliant! Is that of someone you know? Great visuals.
Linda

Aris Moore said...

Love your work, love your blog. Thank you so much for visiting mine you were my first comment, so nice to know someone is out there.
Thank you!!!

mushroommeadows said...

really beautiful!

Megan Coyle said...

What colorful photos--they make me want to practice my photography a little more and get it up to par.

Christy said...

WOW! Can't wait to see it in real life!

painted fish studio said...

i just had to get up and get some chocolate after reading this...

love your wall, and your walks!

Miss Aimee said...

you got my blog love award for this next week! yeah!!

joanne said...

i just am loving all the color... and the wonderful adventures you share ... i am so loving the idea of collage on the walls!!!

L'Atelier said...

i love your kitchen wall! its gorgeous- it makes me wonder how the rest of your house looks
and i love artsygirls shoes (am a shoe girl)!
looks like you come from generations of talented artistic women and also like you rearing the next one ;)
hope you had a great weekend, wish i could have gone with you and artygirl for that walk
xo

ninainvorm said...

Your wall looks so beautiful... But you're probably not surprised hearing that from me! (the one with the patchwork walls! ;))

BT said...

Oh what a wonderful idea. I think if I did that in my house my husband might faint!! So so beautiful. What talent youhave. I love love chocolate too. Your Grandmother must have been an absolute star.

●• Tiny Red said...

i really needed all these colours to wake me up today.
great post aimee!
:)

Esti said...

Your life seems to have so much color!! It is that, or that you turn grey or ordinary life into reds, greens, purples...

Anairam said...

That wall looks amazing! I also love the idea of the psychology book covers papering your granma's wall (she must have been a very interesting woman!) Now there is an idea - I am going to use all 730 pages of that revolting psychology textbook I've just finished proofreading to paper mine. Not..!! Well, I liked this super-insane project - keep them coming!

Nicola said...

Aimee, fantastic! I love stopping for an infusion of your creative waves : )

Alexandra Hedberg said...

your wall collaging looks makes me think of colourful candies!

Is the chairs also going to get patterns?

jess gonacha said...

you are right- rave reviews!! it looks AWESOME!

Krissy said...

what fun! it's beautiful!

please sir said...

Your wall filled with her wonderful patterns sounds amazing! Looks like a lovely walk too!

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Beatifful picts, I love the colors...

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Nina Crittenden said...

I really think artsygirl's dress is so cutie! Good luck with your new projects!

ArtSparker said...

There was a vogue for collaging screens (the kind that unfold to divide rooms with) in England in, I think, Edwardian times. it is always a treat to come here.