Monday, 17 January 2011

Brothers in arms

Brothers in arms

A double page spread completed in my Collage Coterie Moleskine book.  

I liked the image of the boxing boys and liked to think they made up in later years and became the best of friends, even fighting side by side in the war, as in the old black and white photograph.

The background is a mixture of an image of a vintage school report card and images of a dictionary and a maths book photocopied onto a page of insect illustrations from a French book (from Green Paper).

I showed this completed page to Grant.  "Very nice," he says, "What's the theme? Pugilism?"

Yeah, that was the first word that came to mind........!

FYI, the dictionary definition of pugilist is....."(pew-jil-ist) noun (old use) a boxer. pugilism noun pugilistic adjective (from a Latin word pugil meaning boxer).


joy said...

Whatever you want to call it, it is a great spread, Joanna! My two boys went after each other several times growing up; but are now good friends. . .

SusieJ said...

Fabulous (as always Joanna) - like the idea of the photocopying too. Must try that.
Sue xx

Lenna Young Andrews said...

I love this spread, Joanna. The way you have pieced some of the background together and done the whitewashing of paint AND added the figure of the boys boxing. It all works so well and is so very appealing to me. I am glad you had the definition handy tho, or else I would have had to look it up!

I like your clock in the sidebar. I see it is almost 4am for you while I type, yikes!

Sabrina said...

Gorgeous as usual. You always have just the right images to piece together . . . it boggles the mind how you find it all!

I also want to thank you for the vocab lesson. I ran into that word recently and was at a loss for the meaning. Now I know!

arts4all said...

The one boy looks much less sure about what he has gotten himself into!!

This is a wonderful spread - all the intriguing layers, and love the subtle colors. Softens the idea of pugilism.

(Thanks for you comment about Jane's vase - it was fun to make!)

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Jo,
wonderful spread as usual!! Love the background and all the layers. Everything works well together.Great job.
Have a wonderful day.

missy k said...

Great images Jo, love the muted colours.

The 'brother' on the left looks a bit stunned by that left hook!!!

Glad my two 'boys' get on so well - don't think I'd be able to separate them now!!!!


Irish3 said...

Ha, I just called out the word pugilist to my husband and he knew exactly what it was too, men.. they're so funny.
Having a couple of buys myself, my first thought was brothers, and your colors and textures are perfect for the images and the theme, nice job!!!
Sending over a pat for Rosie Mae!!!

bad penny said...

Thanks for the definition - I didn't know it !

A great double page Jo - fab images

Nathalie Thompson said...

MEN! They are so literal sometimes! haha.

Love the story behind this page. Great textures and great images. I would love to flip through this moleskin in person. Each page is wonderful, I'm sure!

jus said...

How cool! I just found you through Bad Penny, I'm the Noogie woman( note to self, occasionally it might be better to keep one's drunken memories to one's self...)
I love your gorgeous collages, so pretty, x

trisha too said...

I like it!!!


trisha too said...

Hey, I'm going to borrow your pic and link you up, okay Joanna?

daisy said...

Wonderful page - love the images you have used.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Brillent collage! I enjoy the art you make so very much Jo! Hope you week is blessed with lots of good things!
~ Katie

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

Hi there, Joanna. I found your blog through the Hen House and saw that you were intrigued with my comment about the English language that I learn over there. You see, I am a Brazilian woman that moved to Arkansas, US. And I've been constantly trying to improve my English.

I say that, between the Arkansas English (full of regional hillbilly expressions), and the different expressions of the British English that I read on your blogs, sometimes I get quite confused.

I am an avid reader and languages do fascinate me.

Now, I am worried about your reputation. I mean the fact that you are stuck on the 69 (followers), therefore, I will change that. May I?

In a while, you will have 70 of them. And I will read everything you have written. And, if there are expressions that I do not know, I will scratch my head and get dizzy... again.

Have a great day!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Jo ~
I mean't brilliant. Sometimes I think I hang around first graders way too much and my spelling ability is decreasing. XO

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Wonderful pages Jo! Love all the fabby elements you have used. (...and your little story too!) :)
Thanks for the defination, saves me having to look it up ;) LOL
Jan x