May 09, 2015

Blanche’s Memories – A Mixed Media Collage

When I sorted through my collection of photos and postcards last week, I came across a picture of a woman in a garden. I hadn’t planned to make a collage at this time, but the image inspired me to create one right away.

Blanche's Memories - Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces

Blanche's Memories Detail - Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces

I imagine the lady's name was Blanche and she was a teacher. Poor Blanche doesn’t look very happy, does she? Maybe she was paying a duty call to aunt Ada who happened to be her least favorite relative.

Blanche's Memories - A Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces 

In her spare time, Blanche enjoyed meeting with her friends to play cards, domino or lotto which was later called bingo. She loved to be outdoors and always picked up some flowers to dry between the pages of an heavy old book. The coin purse had been a gift from her mother on her 10th birthday.

Blanche's Memories - Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces

Blanche's Memories - Mixed Media Collage Detail by Vintage with Laces

Blanche's Memories - Mixed Media Collage Detail by Vintage with Laces

I used encaustic wax on most of the papers and also to adhere the laces and some other details. An old book cover served as background.
Have a happy weekend :) !

Blanche’s Memories will attend these parties:

Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice
Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time

32 comments:

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh I love this!!! So pretty and so unique! Love all the sweet touches to it!! Have a wonderful weekend!! xo Holly

Rhonda said...

I adore that picture of Blanche, its wonderful. Your collage is so beautiful.

Rhonda said...

I adore that picture of Blanche, its wonderful. Your collage is so beautiful.

Dorthe said...

Liebste Julia, this is amazing!!!!
You created a most wonderful story and collage. I love all the materials you have used, so many beautiful items have found a place on it, and all makes your story so "true" and lovely. A great idea, to use the whole cover, and so fantastic with the feather and sign on the bag . I love your collage, my dear.
I hope you are all well and that the future also for Helmuth looks better and better for each day !!
I send you loving thoughts and warm hugs my friend.
Dorthe xxx

Ivy and Elephants said...

The collage is beautiful! I think you nailed Blanche perfectly. Gorgeous.
Hugs,
Patti

Tamara said...

Oh the loveliness of it all! What a beautiful story and your collage is like a journey through time splashed with the reality and elegance of days gone by.. I think Blanch would be so honored. Thank you for the inspiration.
Tamara <3

Emma Galloway said...

This is so clever! I love it :)

Tilly Rose said...

How absolutely gorgeous!
Tilly x

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love how it tells a story. xoxo Su

Createology said...

Your collage is wonderful and the story you tell really brings it all to life. Creative Bliss...

Muchmore Creative said...

This is just beautiful! Great story :)

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Dear Julia, what a charming little story you are telling us about Blanche, love all the different elements you have used to create this wonderful collage.
Hugs Anni

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Julia, this is so pretty. I love the coin purse and all the embellishments. What a great story too...

June said...

Love, love, love this Julia. I know if Blanche could see it, it would put a smile on her face! This collage is beautiful. Every lovely detail!
hugs from here...

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

So lovely to see you back and I love your little collage and the story of Blanche behind this, so much detail here.
Hope all is well and sending hugs
Carolyn

LivingVintage said...

So pretty! I think Blanche looks proud and satisfied, not unhappy, but that's just me! :)

Angie Chavez said...

Very pretty, Julia!

suziqu's thread works said...

Dearest Julia
What a beautiful story collage of Blanche. All the things of meaning to her are represented and arranged so thoughtfully by you here on this lovely vintage book cover - a perfect background for such a charming old photo.
Hope you are going well dear friend and that Helmut is slowly returning to his old former self.
Sending love and warm hugs from here,
Suzy

Libby Buttons said...

This is art that brings about feeling, emotion, fondness of days gone by. It is just magnificent nostalgia .

Marci said...

Lovely!! Blanche looks like someone's great aunt. Isn't it wonderful how something can inspire a whole project?

Kim Jones said...

beautiful...Aren't you glad we don't have to dress like that anymore to garden!? To hot for the Texas heat here!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

This is so pretty and I love your sweet story that goes along with it. Thanks for sharing your latest creation at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love the creativity in this collage! Very charming!

Rostrose said...

Ach, die gute Blanche, die immer so gern Bingo und Domino spielt ;o)) Was für großartige und gleichzeitig herzige Kapriolen deine Fantasie schlägt, liebstige Julia! Ich bin übrigens sehr froh, dass Blanche verbürgt rostfreie und sanft gefederte Druckknöpfe hatte - ohne wäre das harte Lehrerinnenleben zu jener Zeit ja nur halb so erträglich gewesen! ;o)
Ich dank dir sehr für deine lieben Zeilen bei mir! Ja, also so richtig idiotensichere Muster kann ich schon hälkeln. Du Grundbegriffe hab ich ja irgendwann mal gelernt. Aber ich hatte bestimmt seit 30 Jahren keine Häkelnadel mehr in der Hand (mit Ausnahme gewisser Erklärungsversuche an meine Tochter, als die zur Schule ging...) Und nach Häkelanleitungen hab ich auch noch nie gearbeitet, deshalb kriege ich da schon beim Versuch, sie zu verstehen, einen Knoten im Hirn...
Zum Thema "Magersucht" - ich glaube, die Gefahr hat bei mir nie bestanden, ich hab einfach immer schon zu gern gegessen ;o)) Aber du hast unbedingt Recht, Eltern sollten einfach viel mehr darüber nachdenken, was sie ihren Kindern mit manchen unbedachten Aussagen etc. antun...
Liebste Rostgrosen-Wochenendgrüße und !!
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Rosemary and Thyme said...

Loving your creative mind. Blanche would be very happy with the story you have put together for her. It is wonderful to find such great treasures.

You did an incredible job with the collage.

Janet





Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Your collage is simply gorgeous, dear Julia.
Love everything about it. Hope all is well.
Have a lovely evening.
Hugs and love,
Marie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is beyond creative and gorgeous! Yep, I feel like I know Blanch well!

Carol

Alexandra Eitel said...

Die Collage ist wirklich super super schön geworden Julia! Dir auch ein schönes Wochenende .... kannst mal ein bisschen Sonne zu mir schicken ;)
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Hello Julia
What a brilliant composition this piece is! I just love the unique way you composed it. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement on my blog. It really means a lot to me. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Nancy

Rostrose said...

Dank dir ganz herzlich für deine lieben Zeilen, liebe Julia!
Stell dir vor, Maxwell und Nina haben sich NOCH NIE in dieses Häkelsachenkörbchen gelegt. Mäx hat sich zwar interessiert gezeigt, aber er kennt mein strenges "Nein" schon, und deshalb legte er sich dann doch lieber auf meine Beine und ignorierte es, dass da ständig ein Faden in seiner Gegend herumwackelte... Habe ich irgendwie sonderbare Katzen???
Ich hoffe, ich hab dir mit meinen Schilderungen bzw. meinem Vergleich nicht völlig den unvoreingenommenen Blick auf Boteros und Nikis Figuren genommen ;o)
Lass dich herzhaft drücken - und natürlich schicke ich auch liebste Fellchenkrauler mit!
Viele sonnige Rostrosengrüße - und meine zwei (sonderbaren oder auch nur besonders artigen) felligen Schnuckel schicken Pfötchenwinker
von der Traude
☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼
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Gaby Bee said...

Diese Collage ist wirklich super schön, liebe Julia! Ich bin begeistert.

Ich wünsche dir eine wunderschöne Woche!

Liebe Grüße
Gaby

thistlewoodfarm said...

Very pretty! Love it!!