An annual April experiment in creating a Fake Journal~ FAKE: pretend, simulate; counterfeit; to alter.manipulate.
or treat as to impart a false character or appearance.

A fun exercise in pretending to be someone else, maybe in an alternate universe!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dig Through Nostalgia

Fake Journal 2015~
the last few pages

Collage: assorted text and papers,
vintage illustration from an elementary
school health textbook, stamping,
my drawing of a woman having tea.

Vintage illustrations and diagrams,
a doodle, scrapbook paper, and
an 'ephemera pack' telephone.

Scribbles on graph paper, drawing
and watercolor of waves, vintage
health textbook illustration, vintage
advertisement from Life magazine (1956)

Detail showing hand-carved stamp
image on white tissue paper, allowing
the scrapbook paper behind it to
show through.

NOTE: 'Catch' the Wrap Up of the
2015 Fake Journal in the next few days...
Process, Goals, Learned Lessons~

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Make My Day

"Simple" compositions are
deceptive...they may look like
they are easier, but they
aren't always.
Pen and watercolor drawing
of a vintage watering can,
combined with found images 
from vintage magazines.

Go ahead....

Friday, April 24, 2015

Raptor, Fish and Hedgehog

 Old computer printer paper...
the kind that fed through the
 printer with holes down the sides
of the paper, painted paper, 
magazine image of fish,
ledger paper, vintage book 
diagrams, and purchased
collage ephemera-bottle printed
on translucent vellum, plus my
drawing of a raptor head.  

I found this business card in
a book that I purchased at 
Goodwill. There was also a 
typed letter, dated 1958.

Medlars (and meddlers)
ripen by their own

Vintage illustration of 
a hearing aid.

A real man doesn't need
a manual...

considered truths.

Monday, April 20, 2015


19 April, 2015~ Fake Journal Collage~
paper ephemera I had lying around...
vintage game card, reproduction post card,
scrapbook paper, retail collage images,
vintage book illustration.

wire springs to mind...

watercolor, Sharpie pen, vintage game card,
scraps from a Smash Book page.

It's surprising that people use these
for candle holders, light fixtures,
and other various creative projects.
"There's a sucker born every minute."
But stuff like this keeps us 
in business...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Prosperity and Ponies

International Fake Journal Month 2015~
Collage: vintage book text and illustration,
my drawing of a heron (?) in green gel pen,
scrapbook paper, painted tissue paper,
vintage postage stamp, vintage flash card.

Collage includes my drawing in
Sharpie pen and gray marker
 of boy in short pants, vintage 
geometry diagrams, ad for pants,
and a vintage illustration
 of a lighthouse.

If an old book is in bad shape,
but it has some good illustrations,
it's still an excellent resource for collage.

I need to find some more 
random phrases to use in 
my collages...
it makes things more interesting.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Live Free or Die

Collage:  Sharpie pen drawing of
yellow plastic Indian from a Western
 fort play set (play set about 25 yrs. old)
vintage illustrations from 
Child's Book of Knowledge, 
computer generated numbers, 
scrapbook paper, hand-drawn border.
"Live free or die" ~ phrase seen
on a roadside billboard.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Anything You Want

Collage: vintage book illustrations, 
computer generated arrows and
 registration mark, scrapbook papers,
red illustration on vellum from 
dollar store book.

The best resources are garage sales
and second-hand stores. Auctions
can be hit or miss...but a bargain
can be found if you don't have
much competition.

Always looking for a good price

and an unusual image.

Adding my own drawings to
vintage ads...

from a vacation brochure, circa 1956.

Look for possibilities.