Stay at Home CJ - Cogs & Wheels & Rust

The CollaborArt "Stay At Home CJ" is a project where  all the participants made just one background and come up with a theme for that background. We then sent our background  to our host, Sarah. She photocopied them and then we all got a full set of backgrounds (and our originals) back to work on. We all work on the same background each month - to the theme set by the backgrounds creator.

April's background and theme was set by Katie. The theme was Cogs & Wheels & Rust... Which to me screams 'Steampunk!' Shortly followed by a "Yikes!" 
Whoopidooings: CollaborArt Stay at Home CJ - Katie's Background
Katie's beautiful background 
I really didn't want to cover up that background. The more I looked at it, the more I saw an angel, so I decided to make a paper doll - making a feature of some of the elements. It wasn't till I was halfway through chopping and snipping that I remembered it was supposed to be a background paper. Whoops. Ah well, to late now!

I kind of love her and I get to keep her. I love that part of this CJ, because we are keeping all the final pieces ourselves, it gives a freedom to experiment that I wouldn't normally do in a CJ that was going to live with someone else.

I reckon she makes number 14 of my 40 Portraits too.
Whoopidooings: Carmen Wing - CollaborArt Stay at Home CJ - Paper Doll/Paper Angel
Katie's background
Neocolour ii crayons
Fineliner pens
This was the last entry in this CJ and a sad farewell to the CollaborArt site itself. Though Sarah has promised to leave the archives up for people to still read. I have enjoyed so much taking part in the collaborations over there - this CJ in particular.

If you'd like to see the varied and different interpretations to this months theme please pop over and take a look. Always amazes me the different things that come out of a group of people working on the same background and theme.

Thanks for stopping by today :)


  1. Fab work as always Carmen, I love how you took the background apart!

  2. de-constructed is in fashion with food, so why not art backgrounds?! Love her!

  3. I love how you were inspired to use the background in exactly the right way for you.

  4. I love collaborative art! :) Both pieces look fantastic!


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