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ianuk
12-10-2011, 08:34 PM
If so, what do you collect?

Tennessee artist
12-10-2011, 08:36 PM
Well Ian I collect a lot of things. one of them being a hard time apparently:)

snoball
12-11-2011, 06:00 AM
I collected the California Raisins (http://www.google.com/search?q=california+raisins&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=2IzkTu_hLMaGsAKEsPCqBg&sqi=2&ved=0CEgQsAQ&biw=810&bih=563) and have quite a collection of them and also collected figurines of rabbits when I was raising rabbits. Both collections are now boxed up and stored. Don't have to dust them now.

alfreda
12-11-2011, 08:57 AM
I used to collect teapots but ran out of space :) Then I collected a few egg cups, but decided to keep it to a very small collection. Now I collect dust.

InkyEss
12-11-2011, 03:31 PM
Teddy Bears :cat:

AllisonR
12-11-2011, 05:31 PM
Come on artists - don't we have more creative collections?
I collect things that I think will be useful for a project one day. Most of them get old or stale or I decide that the project I once thought was so wonderful is now also old or stale. So I chuck. Only to start collecting something else. And the cycle begins anew.
As a child I used to collect starburst wrappers. I thought I was going to make a gigantic ruler out of them. (as an adult, I did create a giant ruler, 30 meters long, though not out of starbursts).
As a child I also collected my toenails for a while. No idea what that was about. Ask Freud.
I collected cigarette wrappers at one point. Beautiful watermarks in a lot of those. (At my last exhibition, another artist had exhibited cigarette wrappers in front of various colors - was a lovely pattern.)
I collected lint from the dryer at one point. (I was going to make a color coded sculpture out of them, until I decided it was nasty)
I collected all sorts of odds and ends for papermaking (Which I have used - pencil shavings, leftover glitter from New Years, flower petals, bus cards....)
I am not collecting anything at the moment. But that won't last long.

Underworld_Artist
12-11-2011, 05:42 PM
I used to collect gemstones. For me they are like flowers that grow in the earth. I know a lot of their names by now. This made me feel very smug when an acquaintance of mine was studying this subject on a specialised course in London, and I could beat him at identifying them, whilst he was there struggling with his eyeglass and notes :cool: :thumbsup:.

Shamrock15
12-11-2011, 07:09 PM
Here goes
Antique oil lamps
plastic models
aviation books
fly tying material (haven't tied in about 4 years)
my own paintings!

BrianWarner
12-11-2011, 09:24 PM
I collect paper money... will accept any denomination, any nationality.
All donations welcome.

alfreda
12-11-2011, 10:11 PM
Come on artists - don't we have more creative collections?



oh, I am not even going to go there, no! no! no! :evil:

ianuk
12-12-2011, 05:03 AM
As a child I also collected my toenails for a while. No idea what that was about. Ask Freud.

I wish I didn't have an artistic mind that is quite visual, especially as I chose to read this sitting having my breakfast :envy:

Viking55803
12-12-2011, 10:51 AM
I collect Coleoptera (beetles) but only when they cross my path. My favorites are the Carrion beetle and the amazing Predacious Diving Beetle - they can fly, swim, dive and eat tiny fish. In addition to being the largest group of species on earth, beetles are quite beautiful close up.

Horsa
12-12-2011, 12:13 PM
I collect everything. At least that's what my wife says.

Currently my collecting mania is channeled into 40mm lead soldiers from the American War of Independance. Painting them is my other hobby.

La_
12-12-2011, 12:38 PM
i used to collect QP dolls, bottle caps, books, marbles, abandoned birds nests.

embracing minimalism now and only collect large flat field stones for pathways outside and small pocket rocks from around the world for a glass vase ... i accumulate used stamps for 8x10 collages (they sell). i have a decorative clear vase full of funky watches, about a dozen clear or cut glass vases/decanters, many varieties of boxes, cases, things to put things in and a half dozen old cameras on shelves, but wouldn't really call that collecting 'cause i'm not looking for more.

mostly i just 'collect' piles of my own paintings

la

laf.art
12-13-2011, 05:56 AM
I used to collect Victorian inkwells and writing boxes, beautiful things, but that was long ago when I lived in England. Now I collect all the shiny bits and pieces that I find and use them in my paintings

catjoe
12-13-2011, 12:28 PM
Hallelujah! I'm in the right place. I loved all your collections...some of them have been mine at some point in time, teapots, bears, birdnests. I am a big collector of "found things" shells, sea glass, driftwood (I live an hour from the coast) I also love mosses and woodsy things. I'm posting another collection that I call my 'cheering section." There are 54 of these in my collection. They are old Barbies I found at yard sales and in thrift store bins. I just couldn't seem to leave them lying there battered and unwanted. I brought them home, cleaned them up, and now they are all over my art room...I call them my cheering section and imagine they cheer me on as I paint. How can I not paint with childlike joy surrounded by all these smiling faces? Go ahead you can laugh. I do too. The best thing...my husband comes into the room when I'm not around and moves them into funny positions so that I will be surprised. Collections are one of life's joys. I limit myself though...I can only have as many as I am years old. Good thing I have a lot of years! :clap: :clap: :clap: Although, I have a couple over the limit...:rolleyes: I can't even follow my own rules.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2011/925-December_13_026.JPG

I did have a picture of all of them, but it took up too much room so edited it down. :o

snoball
12-13-2011, 01:08 PM
Catjoe, all of us kiddies still play with Barbies. Here is a '65 Barbie that I found at a garage sale and crocheted an outfit for her.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2011/36183-barbie.jpg

catjoe
12-13-2011, 01:13 PM
I love her...great outfit. Maybe kiddies at heart is why we make art. It's hard to leave them battered and abandoned in a box or yard sale.

MarciaJane
12-14-2011, 01:41 PM
Love the outfit Sno! You are good at crocheting seems !

.............and what do you collect Ian?.......or shouldn't we ask ! :) lol !

ianuk
12-14-2011, 02:43 PM
I love barbies, prefering the human version :)

As to your question Marcia. When I was a small boy my father would take tea to work with him, PG Tips. It wasn't the teabags then but loose tea. With each pack came a card. Different Subjects. I sent away fro an album and my father used to give me the cards. I had full albums of 'Birds of South America' 'Cars and 'Aircraft' Memorising each individual card and still remember many species of birds, most cars and aircraft (military) and others on which I've flown.

Then I collected birds eggs, tabboo these days and they'd wish to hang me for it. However, where I grew up it was the pastime of poor kids that didn't have much else. I had a very good collection for which I made a wooden box with a sliding glass lid.

Later when I was older I collected wine and had a wonderful collection of whisky, some bottles a hundred or more years of age.

I've collected many love letters, notes and other sentimental items and of course. I've collected wonderful memories throughout my life. I did start a small snail collection after being so impressed with a snail that stuck on the bonnet of my car for hundreds of miles and speeds over 140 mph with his head in the air like he was some great racing machine. However, I stopped that...

Now I seem to collect anything that can be of aid to art, such as jars to hold liquids, small containers for water if I decide to paint outdoors and so many little items that may be of some value in the creation, just need to create something now...

vmrs
12-14-2011, 06:48 PM
When I was a small boy my father would take tea to work with him, PG Tips. It wasn't the teabags then but loose tea. With each pack came a card. Different Subjects. I sent away fro an album and my father used to give me the cards. I had full albums of 'Birds of South America' 'Cars and 'Aircraft' Memorising each individual card and still remember many species of birds, most cars and aircraft (military) and others on which I've flown.

There's a tea brand here, Red Rose, which comes with little statues. I have dozens of them. I'd have more but my sisters and my mom are always swiping them when they come here. (the Canadian boxes don't have statues in them anymore). I think those statues are the reason I've always drank tea and not coffee.
Other than that I don't tend to collect things, though I seem to have little elephants everywhere. I think they followed me home.
I do have several old dolls that my husband thinks are creepy, one is a bisque with very realistic eyes that says "Momma" (well groans it), another is an old china doll that has a wig and glasses and teeth to boot and the other is a marionette (that one kind of freaks out everyone).

bleu
12-14-2011, 10:41 PM
[QUOTE=vmrs]There's a tea brand here, Red Rose, which comes with little statues. I have dozens of them. I'd have more but my sisters and my mom are always swiping them when they come here. (the Canadian boxes don't have statues in them anymore). I think those statues are the reason I've always drank tea and not coffee.
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You might already know that the little gingerbread man is the rarest and most valuable of that set. Do you have one? I do. The near complete sets used to sell for a relatively large amount in the 80s but I don't see them much anymore. I can't remember if it was more like 50 or 100 a set. I imagine someday they will have some value again.

catjoe
12-15-2011, 12:15 PM
Ian, I love the sound of your collections, but especially the snail. It should be a children's story. I can almost see the illustrations in my head. :clap: I also want to thank you for this great thread. I've enjoyed reading about everyone's collections.

Virginia, I have some of those Red Rose statues...I am saving them for when my grandsons are bigger. I think they will look great in terrariums.
Kathy

Rose Queen
12-15-2011, 01:41 PM
Oh, Marge, I've learned something about you I never would have suspected! LOL

I collect Cocker Spaniels with incredibly expensive medical problems; not deliberately, mind you - just works out that way.

More deliberately, I collect art, a good deal of it from artists I've "met" here at WetCanvas; fans, because I travel a lot and they're small, lightweight, and easy to pack; and rocks - I pick one up in the countries I visit and pile them by the door as a reminder of how diverse and amazing the world we live in is.

snoball
12-15-2011, 01:47 PM
Oh, Marge, I've learned something about you I never would have suspected! LOL


What Diana? That I am still a kid? I thought everyone knew that!:lol:

MarciaJane
12-15-2011, 03:30 PM
Ian I also remember the loose packets of PG Tips and collecting the cards in them. I don't think I ever got a complete album though!

I also used to collect The Beatles photos that came in packets of bubble gum and used to swap them with school friends. Those were the days ! :)

Don't grow up Sno.... we like you as you are ! lol :)

ianuk
12-15-2011, 05:01 PM
Ian I also remember the loose packets of PG Tips and collecting the cards in them. I don't think I ever got a complete album though!




I expect your parents were rich and drank coffee :evil:

MarciaJane
12-16-2011, 01:44 PM
No..... we were so poor we had to re-use the tea leaves ! :crying:

ianuk
12-16-2011, 02:18 PM
No..... we were so poor we had to re-use the tea leaves ! :crying: :lol:

vmrs
12-21-2011, 11:03 AM
You might already know that the little gingerbread man is the rarest and most valuable of that set. Do you have one? I do.

I did years ago but I don't know what happened to him. The first time I moved with the military I was naive and didn't realize how careless many movers are with your stuff. I lost all sorts of figurines. After that I packed them myself in tins and sealed the tins. There was a little dog that was my favorite that I lost too.
I'm glad to see so many people collect rocks. I have all sorts of them too.

Clive Green
12-21-2011, 01:21 PM
Books, music on tape, paintings, bones, shells, books, music on vinyl, feathers, cameras, drawings, books, music on cd, recipes, ceramics, stones, prints, cartoons and books.

vmrs
12-22-2011, 11:19 AM
Shells, I forgot about shells. Shells are wonderful things.

Tennessee artist
12-27-2011, 08:13 PM
i have found a new collection. my own paintings hanging on my own walls:)

InkyEss
12-29-2011, 07:49 AM
i have found a new collection. my own paintings hanging on my own walls:)

Me too! :clap: I have in fact filled my own walls with my collection and am now trying to fill the walls of relatives and friends with my collection. :D

Lady Carol
12-29-2011, 08:01 PM
My husband says that I, apparently, collect cats. I have 2.

I have 1 horse. Does that mean I am a horse collector too?