Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Without an idea, design becomes wallpaper"

“Disciplines are getting more democratic and accessible. For the first time, almost everyone has access to the technology that makes designing relatively easy. As a result, we’re surrounded by ever increasing numbers of graphic designers. The only way to stand out in this crowd is to work from a good idea. Without an idea, design becomes wallpaper: sometimes pretty but ultimately left in the background. As more and more “design-like-wallpaper” heaps up, the value of ideas can only increase. After all, if computers are a shortcut around craft skills, the only point of difference left is thinking.”

…read it all:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rainy Day

"Rainy Day" by Doug Millison. Mixed-media collage on paper, 9 x 12"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

lovely pattern: "1987 stempelexperiment" by Jiri Szeppan

1987 stempelexperiment
Originally uploaded by jiriszeppan
If you're in Brussels this weekend, mosey over and meet Jiri at AJS Gallery, 57 rue Charles Meert 1030 Brussels, for the final 3 days of the show, 27-29 November

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We're loving Jiri Szeppan's "book 86"

book 86 1
Originally uploaded by jiriszeppan
…and think you will, too. After exploring more of the artist's Flickr pages, please visit the AJS Gallery blog at

Friday, October 22, 2010

Part Seven in a Series of Questions on Graffiti: Social Media's Impact on Graffiti Culture

I come from a really geographically isolated place and so the internet played a huge part in putting my art out there for people to see. Part of me feels resistant to new technology as it evolves and I have definitely experienced the negatives with forums and speaking your 'opinion' online because of the extent it can be misinterpreted. It's true that at times it's a lot more effective to say nothing but it’s also good to keep an open mind about the way socialization changes with internet media. – Askew TMD (New Zealand)

Whatever one thinks or believes about graffiti today, it is a business, a big one. You can be a part or not. You can make fun of cheesy graffiti styled products filling the shelves of major stores but absolutely understand that money is being paid for all of it. The world doesn’t care about graffiti history, style kings or even who is good or not. The “un-graffiti” minded world thinks we all do the same art, think the same and may only be about a dozen or million of us who do it. Social media dumbs down the viewer, it’s our responsibility to educate the unknowing, not continue teaching the supporters. We have to raise our game constantly to keep the craft alive. – Erni Vales 

…Excerpts from:

Part Seven in a Series of Questions on Graffiti: Social Media's Impact on Graffiti Culture

by graffiti pioneer Estria Miyashiro, "West Coast OG writin' on walls since 1984" and "Head of national Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A boy & his robot…on the scrapbook edge…

Manga covers 1956-1966:  Tetsujin 28-gō

Tetsujin 28-gō, the famous Japanese robot manga series written and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, ran as a monthly insert in Shōnen Magazine from July 1956 to May 1966. The manga follows the adventures of a 10-year-old boy named Shotarō and his giant crime-fighting robot named Tetsujin 28 (a.k.a "Gigantor" in the US), which was originally built by the boy's late father as a secret weapon for the Japanese military during World War II.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

You can architect a world inside a lampshade…on the scrapbook edge…

Early Assemblage - Mel & Judith Begin Their Trip

The Migration of Mel & Judith - Royal Academy of Arts, London
 Architect, Thomas Hiller introduces the project
Firstly I’d like to introduce you to Mel (short for Melvin) and Judith, a recently retired couple from Croydon who have decided to give up on their life in London’s third City and travel Europe in search of the perfect caravan spot and a touch of hot weather! As they travel the couple realise they miss the home comforts of England, especially white bread which seems impossible to get abroad. To combat thier longing they slowly adapt and customise their caravan-house to feel a little more like home. Walls of the caravan become aroma filled bricks of white bread, especially made by Mel & Judith themselves. Other adaptations include the pebbledash façade reminiscent of their Croydon abode. A green lawn-carpet that is much cooler underfoot than the hot Marbella sand and when it gets too hot there's always the sprinkler system and snow-chimney.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

4 Intriguing Collage Books on the Scrapbook Edge



Ahí estaba el espejo, la noche lo acompañaba.
Al levantar la mirada, autómata, el instante y una milésima de luz me devolvieron la curva de mi cadera.
Al roce de tu recuerdo, cobró vida tu mano como una segunda piel.
Tu caricia turbia, en la niebla del alba, despertó mi corazón.

August 2009/Soul Journal
21 x 28 cms. 8.5 x 11 in. Double spread. Collage on paper. Handmade.
Instants, sighs.

hope returns

hope returns
mixed media in visual journal

somebody's pony

somebody's pony
11' x 16" - mixed media collage in art journal; detail
2010 © all rights reserved

 Love's Perversity
Love's Perverted Pleasure by Doug Millison
Mixed-media journal page,  9" x 12", original in spiral notebook. Magazine clips, acrylic paint. Join him at JUNKYARD KNIFE, SCRAPBOOK LIFE: ENCOUNTERS AT THE EDGE:  6-28 November 2010, AJS Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Are you a person dreaming you're a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming you're a person?

Japanese Poster: Butterfly Dream. Tadanori Yokoo. 2007

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rebuild the Future with Invisible Children

You Are What You Do from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

We love the junk journal/streetart/collage/scrapbook look-and-feel of this video, for a good cause:
Rebuild the Future with Invisible Children

Join Schools for Schools //

For the fall round of Schools for Schools, Halogen TV is matching the first $100,000 raised by high schools and colleges across the country. Clubs are competing against each other to rebuild schools in war-affected northern Uganda and to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see their work in action in Uganda.

Emily Kobliska Christians' Art Journal looking good

We're loving Emily Kobliska Christians' Art Journal…on the scrapbook edge.

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pleae enjoy "Utopia" by Rainbow Mermaid…on the scrapbook edge…

Utopia looks a tad frantic, in a way that makes looking at these images fun. Be sure to visit Rainbow Mermaid's Etsy shop and buy some of her wonderful creations:




Wednesday, October 6, 2010


by Doug Millison Mixed-media journal page, 10" x 13", original in spiral notebook. Art postcard plus scraps from the craft table. See more at 6-28 November 2010, AJS Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Big19 by deLoto

Instants, sighs.

Big19 unPatio_conFlores_y_estrellas; April 2010 / Soul Journal. 21 x 28 cm (8.5 x 11 in.) Double spread. Collage on paper. Handmade.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pres. O chez Diallo, Abidjan, Côte d'ivoire, 18.02.2009 (3192)

You find the much-loved US President's image everywhere in Africa…in the concrete jungle…on the scrapbook edge…

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Announcing JUNKYARD KNIFE, SCRAPBOOK LIFE: Encounters at the Edge, 6 November 2010, Brussels

November 6-28, 2010
AJS Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Encounters at the Edge
A Preview of  

Scrapbook Edge
 the forthcoming book 
Jiri Szeppan and Doug Millison

Last place to stand 
before flying or falling. 
Where broken mirrors piece together 
jagged shards of memory and imagination:  
life's junkyard.  
Each shard a knife. 
Wielding our knives we meet, 
at the scrapbook edge. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

How busy is this 3-headed fiend? Little Mo knows.

Showing the screen shot here so you can see this was created with the Comicater Tag-It-Up tools at Register to create an account and you can upload your own images to alter.
Make your own multipage  books, graphic novels, then invite your friends to layer on their own images and text:  instant scrapbook!

Based on an image found at

The Comicater Tag-It-Up Tools at the TCJB Web Site
Online, THE CONCRETE JUNGLE BOOK becomes your scrapbook. We provide you tools that let you add your own images and text to an image, in comments, in comments-on-comments, in a way that Facebook doesn't enable. These are the Comicater Tag-It-Up tools created by Sean Chen.

We've been publishing a series of media mash-ups made with the Comicater Tag-It-Up tools at, and republishing them in our blogs and Facebook Pages.

We wish we could add images to the Comments we make on Facebook, and we wish we could layer on text and images to the images we find on Facebook, but Facebook doesn't make that possible.

We're proud to say that Sean Chen did this in HTML with a Web programming approach, which we first demonstrated at in 2008.

Chen also built a Facebook application that also provides this functionality. You can view the TCJB Preview and tag it up with the Comicater tools here on Facebook at Because of changes in the Facebook architecture, the application does not currently permit sharing your own Comicater creations to your Profile, but we plan to add this capability in the future.

Because Little Mo grows up to be a graffiti artist and tattoo designer and cartoonist and graphic novel illustrator in THE CONCRETE JUNGLE BOOK, we use Chen's technology to let online readers of the TCJB Preview, add their own images and text, to use Little Mo's pages as their own online scrapbook pages. We've also demonstrated the ability to add an audio or music track to a page.

Multiple people can collaborate to create single- or multi-page works. Post an image and let your friends tag it up, the way that graffiti writers and streetartists do in the concrete jungle at It's an interesting publishing experiment, offering some capabilities that mainstream publishers have yet to explore.

As the infrastructure improves, we'll be able to make it easier to export these collages directly from to your Facebook Profiles and to the TCJB Page. Now, you can use a Gigya share widget to republish your creations on the Web.

Until then, please enjoy the Comicater media mash-ups we publish here, and feel free to visit and make your own. Use a screen capture tool to grab the screen images of the collages you make there, and you can republish them anywhere on the Web.

In this mash-up (above):  Morris Armstrong Jr. proudly a.k.a. LIttle Mo & 2 of the Female Fire Monkeys (Cousin Selena on guitar, Girlfriend Teresa Wong on piano) meet Antonio Sanchez, innocent bystander Doug Millison, TCJB illustrator Srayla Tip, dancin' Fred Gromadski, Gramps Wong. Where's Steve Porter? (Illustrations by Srayla Tip, except for James Brown, found in the internets, who makes an appearance because everybody can always use a little funk.) This mash-up made with the Comicater Tag-It-Up tools at

Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Abominable" media mash-up by Little Mo, co-author

Created with the Comicater Tag-It-Up tools at  based on an image found

Comments indicate that "The film's English-language title is in fact "War of the Gargantuas," which I saw on a double bill with "Monster Zero" as a kid - it's available now on DVD on double-disc set with "Rodan."In actuallity the green Gargantua (Gaila) is the bad one, and the brown (Sanda) the good one. But your mind didn't make up the people-eating: Gaila displays a taste for munching on people like cocktail shrimp and spitting out their clothes. "
Posted 17 months ago. ( permalink )

Monday, February 22, 2010

"feb10 233"

feb10 233
Originally uploaded by paulateachstm
says paulateachstm: "done in response to a private and very painful situation...journaling to be added but to remain private. lots of layers...watercolor, acrylic, neopaque crayon, pitt pens and more"

Friday, February 19, 2010

Literary devotion: "edward gorey's matilda tattoo" by geek-betty

"This is my new Edward Gorey tattoo, nestled between shel silverstein and dr. seuss," sez geek-betty.