200 COLLAGE TAGS PROJECT! I created 200 plus collage tags years ago. Making these tags was addictive & satisfying. I used small magazine photos, other paper ephemera, which I rubber stamped over the images with metallic inks. I added jewels, trinkets & embellished the tags with beautiful assorted ribbons. The tags were created by color & subject so I have tags with different themes – India, the Sea, Animals, Gardens, Flowers, Jewels, Fantasy, Art, etc. When I photographed the tags, I photographed them by subject and/or color. The tags are filed by subject in boxes for easy access. One of the uses for these tags is hanging them on my handmade art journals. These art journals look the same lined up on the shelf, but I can quickly look at the tags to tell me what subject the journal is about and what dates the journal covers. By the way, I photo the pages in all my journals so I can look at all the pages in each journal in my computer. This allows me to easily find any page I am looking for and to know what art journal that page is in. (I also have a 4 drawer file cabinet with magazine images saved in files by subject. You might say I thrive on organization!)
There are chubby harbor seal pups everywhere now, 52 so far as a matter of fact. Sometimes the pups follow their moms out of the sea to rest & nurse, but at other times the mom has to quickly turn & pursue her pup back into the sea because the pup just wants to swim & play. Harbor seal moms tap their pup’s head with their flipper to tell the pup to settle down & nurse. Some of the pups, which have nursed for weeks now are little blimps. As the pups nurse, they close their eyes in bliss & then collapse into dreamy sleep like all babies do. The mothers smile & touch noses with their pups. It’s sweet to see the darling pups with their adoring moms. Yearling seals who were born last year now lay next to the infant pups. Another generation of seals has arrived. As the pups get closer to being weaned (after 12 weeks or so), they start to hang out together on the beach. There is a chorus of pups barking for their moms. A new “Pup Club” of almost weaned seals is forming, but right now each mother & pup savors their togetherness. Once the pups are weaned they will stop calling for their mother because it will be time for them to feed and take care of themselves. It will be time for the harbor seal mothers to begin mating to produce next year’s pups. For right now though, I listen to the pup’s chorus, watch them rocket through the sea with their moms, nurse with great zeal & fall into the deep innocent sleep as all babies do. I marvel at this new life, which has been received with great joy by all the mothers of this harbor seal colony. It is such a privilege for me to observe and share the continuity and rebirth of life here. I carry this beauty in my heart.