Friday, July 16, 2010
Free Friday: Butterfly Blue
For Free Friday this week, I offer a thank-you gift for Kelly Rae Roberts and the flight crew from Flying Lessons. We all had a great time learning about our wings, and are making progress, each in our own sky.
These blue butterfly cigarette cards are part of a 50 card “British Butterflies” series published in 1927 by Wills’s Cigarettes of Great Britain. The originals measure 1 3/8” x 2 5/8”. Cigarette cards work wonderfully in collage and assemblage, and I use them in almost every collage I make; when I can’t find one to match my meaning, I fabricate one myself. To make this artifact look authentic, I print on high resolution 90 lb. paper, and then use “YES!Glue” to bond the print to another piece of 90 lb. paper, before trimming and rounding the corners. A nail file can age the edges a bit, so it has an antique look. I will usually add subtle changes to the card in Photoshop before printing to give it my own spin. Give the image a click or two to download the hi-res file, and then let your imagination fly.