Category Archives: Paint + Collage + Craft

collections of visual art including oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, travel ephemera collage art and even hand crafted party invites

A letter from the front (of sorts)

A letter from the front (of sorts)

from: “Items, Forgotten” poetry collage series

Post’d: Japan Postbox coin bank

New mini post box saves up coins for child’s future adventures

Post’d: Military, Conflict Correspondence (fill in the blanks)

Handy letter-writing convenience / with rules.

Postcards for Positivity

Just trying to send out some positivity out into the world / analog style.

Post’d: Aerogramme Rec’d from Ends of the Earth, Jan/Feb. 2020

Aerogrammes from South Georgia, postcards from Antarctica… present reality of our postbox in Okayama from an intrepid traveler nephew / distiller

“Secret Agent” dossier Moo friendship cards

New @moo cards. Yes, they are awesome. I’ve done many batches and they seem to get better each time around.

This set is square with rounded corners with a “secret agent typewritten dossier” on rice paper envelope, with paper-clipped photo (from Nepal), and a few inky stamps on one side of the hearty matte finish paper… while the other side features various of my little paintings from not-so-secret locations around the world – each card in set of 100 has a different painting (or subset there of).

Do you wanna Moo? I can help you and you can get around $25 off your first order and/or shipping deals (hint, hint coz i get some kick-back to keep me in cards). They also make postcards, sticker books, letterhead and more more – i’ve ordered loads of their products and always great.

Scrapjournal: Pacific Crossing / sketches & annotations (2017)

Pacific Crossing: map and conditions to Dutch Harbor, Unalaska (unable to port due to weather so head to Japan)

This scrapjournal is an “accordion-style” book (think that’s what you’d call it… though doesn’t create the dulcet tones of the musical instrument)  anyhow the paper unfolds in one long swath in vaguely Japanese-style.

Appropriately, the book is laden with sketches sketched in Japan whilst traveling by ship and stopping in a various ports of call from Hokkaido to Kyushu. First in pencil, then pen, then coloured with watercolours (sometimes pencils), and decorated with ephemeral bits. 

Pacific Crossing: annotations and observations re: ship life and operations (pen only)

What follows are a few sample hastily-snapped pages for archival amusement as not all are photographed and, as life goes, i no longer have this book, alas. If this situation changes, i’ll diligently update.

Pacific Crossing: annotations and observations re: ship life and operations (colour)

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Scrapjournal: T. Aronson, esq / Interlaken, with wax seal, aerogramme + ephemera

Notes from Interlaken (T. Aronson), front
Notes from Interlaken (T. Aronson), back

There were more in this batch of scrapjournals, lovingly hand-crafted during summer of 2019 whilst on Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia.

Most go as gifts to travelers and adventurers to fill up with ephemera and musing but this one stayed with me.

Feature a cover made from vintage aerogramme, lettraset (rub-on left over 1970s) monogramming, a wax seal, cancelled postage stamps,  inky stamps, printed Lomo sardine can camera 35 mm snaps and various printed oddities – in this case, a bi-plane of significance which slips my mind.

Made with vaguely-Japanese-style-craft-binding, sewn with hearty thread via 3 holes drilled through a mighty block of various paper stock acquired at random intervals around Bali.

This is filling with quasi-fictional dispatches from the semi-fictional character claiming ownership. 

 
 

Post’d: Cards, rec’d from farthest reaches of ocean & continents (Jan. 2020)

Another postcard bonanza (“bonanza” used again for pal in Dubai) from such remote areas and the ghost of Shackleton)

Ergo: assorted British Overseas territories (disputed) Falkland Islands, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, and Argentina on the way to Antartica.

Have some geography fun and track down these locations on a map and follow along the rambles of a fine Son of Vancouver.

Bonus: The Weakerthans sing about Shakleton (the explorer who’s influential book is pictured upon the black/white card) in Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris, 1961)

Post’d: Cards Received, Jan. 2020, various

What a postal bonanza of late!

Dispatches from Budapest, Nozawa onsen, Connecticut, Vancouver, Valencia + Kanazawa’s D.  T.  Suzuki museum added to say “wonderful” (which is what i think of these treats). 

Note: There was also a jet black envelope which is beyond your security clearance… and a box of new curtains which is purely practical and just happened to be delivered.

Also some black pepper but that’s a whole other story.