Thursday, 10 January 2013

Old School

Happy New Year. I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas. I just cannot believe that the holidays are over.

The Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge theme this week is ‘Embrace The Old.’ I have never joined in a challenge before so I thought that I would give this a try. As my son goes back to school this week I thought that I would base my artwork on education. This collage does hold sentimental value. The large image is of my husband’s great grandmother, a very beautiful lady whilst the image of the children is from a section of a ninety year old original whole school photograph of the school that my daughter attended. When my daughter was a pupil there it was a girl’s convent school. I bought this in a boot fair a few years ago. I think I paid £2 for it and I love it, I just couldn’t bring myself to use the original photo so I scanned this portion. The colour image of the little boy is from a Janet and John book that I bought on Ebay. I remember reading this series of books at school when I was six.

To create this collage I stuck the page from an old encyclopaedia, the image of the children and the old school report onto the canvas board with Claudine Hellmuth’s matt medium. I then sealed this by applying a coat of matt medium over the whole canvas. When dry I used a blending tool to apply antique linen and frayed burlap distress inks. I transferred the image of my husband’s great grandmother onto the canvas. I think that she has the look of a schoolteacher. I then added the old postage stamp (also a purchase from ebay), words, letters, numbers and the Janet and John little boy. The stamped ‘abc ‘ is from Graphic 45.

Your comments are always greatly appreciated.

Lina x


  1. Beautiful! I love the elegant image of your husbands great-grandmother and the way you blended all the images together is perfect. Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  2. Fabulous piece of art as always Lina, it really has a nice feel and the images all fit together perfectly :)

  3. Thank you for your lovely comments. x

  4. Hi Lina, nice to see you at The Craft Barn today. This is a beautiful collage, lovely images!
    Alison x