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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Eat You Up, Cupcake" ~ Cupcake Collage ~ Hand Painted Paper Mixed Media Collage by Contemporary Texas Artist Nancy Standlee

"Eat You Up, Cupcake"
8 x 8 in. on canvas panel

The envelope please - for the last entry, a cupcake collage, for the Fort Worth Community Arts Center Show, FWCAC 9 x 12 annual show. The deadline is November 15 so start looking for those 9 x 12 envelopes and entries - on paper and it has to fit inside a 9 x 12 envelope to mail.

I'm still unpacking from the 3 day art journal workshop "Love Your Life" I taught at The Upstairs Gallery studio this weekend and some of the students expressed some interest in a two day collage workshop. I think a cupcake would be a great first project and we could paint papers and attach maps on day one - guess that would be optional on a map background and collage a cupcake on the second day and they would have time to begin a personal painting. The attaching a Texas map would be up to them. I just like the extra graphic lines and text running through the background. Each collage artist will develop their own personal style quickly. The use of the artist's own painted and designed papers and personal images makes for an original work. Anyway if you think this is something you might be interested in let me know by email or on Facebook and I'll add your name to the list..

For more information about torn paper read this EHow article by Terri Welch on how to create a torn paper collage and mosaic art. She discusses her directional tearing technique. She said she was happy to share so click HERE.

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I thought about that article yesterday when I delivered 3 collage paintings, the longhorn collage, goat collage, and donkey collage to the Visual Expressions Art Gallery for a show and exhibit. In the back of their art center some creative artists are adding Texas themed mosaic designs around the columns. How very stunning. If you taken a class there at the Creative Arts School you are invited to show. Several years ago I took a Myrna Wacknov workshop there. The crow and red bird would make a great collage painting. The VE show hangs from November 12-19 and an opening reception Friday November 12 7-9:00 pm. Click HERE for the location 1425 N. Hwy 67, Cedar Hill, TX and more directions.

Visual Expressions Gallery and Art School
You know you have arrived when you see Mr. Buffalo.

Try a collage. Try a cupcake collage. Here is a post about a mini cupcake painting I did in 2007 for a Canvas by Canvas cupcake show. Or try some collage animals or footwear or people.

Or just enjoy visiting other collage artists websites such as Janet Black, a California artist at
I think you will want to try putting your spin on a butterfly or a bird at least after looking at her Gallery 2. Here is a link and story about one of her portraits where she is "painting with paper".

Would you like some footwear inspiration? Check out Robin Birrell's boots HERE:
Robin also refers to her work as "paper painting" HERE and what a as she uses magazine paper without the print.

Want some print with your figures, check out Derek Gores HERE.

For more cupcake collages you would enjoy looking at Elizabeth Nelson's work HERE and Wonder Wanda HERE.

I also have to mention my friend Suzy Pal out in West Texas and she is using magazine pages in her collage work and has a workshop in the planning stages.

I'm sending 4 other pieces of collage paintings to the 9 x 12 show:

Feed the Birds, A BIRD COLLAGE


Fort Worth Billy, A GOAT COLLAGE

Eat You Up, Cupcake, A CUPCAKE COLLAGE

and a mixed media textured piece

Peace Southwest

Send me an email if you are interested in taking a collage workshop in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2011. Thanks all.

If you need a cupcake to eat today, now...go to Amy's Cakery at the Shoppes at Brownstone Village in Arlington. Cupcakes. cocktails. coupons. celebrate. Celebrate 6 years of boutique shopping at The Shoppes at Brownstone Village November 11th from 6-9 pm. There are 2 pages of coupons in today's Fort Worth Star Telegram, Arlington Metro section for this event. Most of the coupons expire Dec. 13. I don't see a coupon for a free cupcake so guess you'll have to buy and browse. (Update: on the Social Calendar menu bar on the Brownstone Village website you can print out coupons from a pdf file.)







WW said...

Nancy...great little cupcake. Love the b&w cupcake paper!
Thanks for adding my link. I love doing cupcakes. I'm personally feeling way overdue for making more :)
I did take a look at Janet Blacks work....outstanding. THanks for that link!!
Good luck with your projects!

Nancy Standlee said...

Wanda, thanks for the visit and I'm glad you approve. I think they would make a great first project.

Nancy Laliberte said...

Love it Nancy!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks, Nancy.

Balog.A.B. said...

hi !! I came to your blog by mistake and I am very glad because i really like your work.Bye :)

Connie Chadwell said...

Really special cupcake, Nancy - all the texture and printed papers - and the maps - what you've done is just wonderful!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks so much, Connie and as always I'm inspired by your "dancing Texans".

Kim said...

Hi Nancy - I came across your wonderful cupcake while looking for ispiration for a Kindergarten Art Auction Project. We had already decided on having the children make collaged cupcakes and I was looking for a real artists work to show them. This is it! I can't wait to share it with them. Thank you for this inspiration and links. I've been itching to try my hand at some collage...your posts may just be the push I needed! I have a very (rarely updated) blog at

Nancy Standlee said...

Kim, your project sounds delightful and be by guest to share the cupcake image with your class.