Wednesday, November 16, 2022

It's the Cat's Turn

 Hi everyone.  Happy middle of the week to you.

I am back today with another journal page for Bleubeard's and Elizabeth's challenge at Art Journal Journey. This month our hosts challenge is Food or Collage Fodder-or Both.

Last Wednesday I shared a dog's food treat. You might remember my page with a dog on top of a whole pile of bones. Today I want to give equal time to the cat lovers out there.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper, as well as part of an  ancient piece of kitty scrapbooking paper. 
I sprayed my page with some spray paints and inks to create a lot of splatters and drips. Then I added some printed tissue paper to the top and bottom of my page. To give a bit more heaviness to the bottom of my page, I stitched that tissue paper.  Then I drew and cut out a silhouette of a cat ( using a cat silhouette stamp as my guide) as well as one of a dead mouse.  

The moon is part of a die cut moon; the whole diecut was too big for the page. This die is a really ancient one from Sizzix, back when their big dies were red, not black.  The moon was  cut from some silver paper, which I sanded and inked. I finally added a few foamy mini-stars and used a white Posca paint pen to write in my title.

At one point I had a couple of cats as well as a dog. Our dog, Harley  was a big boy at 90 pounds (almost 41kg), and Emmie was a little 7 pound (3 kg) kitty.  It always amused me that they would snuggle up together, but only when we weren't looking. I also had a big 22 pound (almost 10 kg) kitty named Leo. And according to my vet, 22 pounds was his perfect weight, so you can see he was  a big boy.
My kitties were excellent hunters when they were young. One day Leo brought us a live chipmunk, a live snake and dead mouse all in one morning. The cats were more indoor cats than out, but on nice days when we were outside, we let them out and they hung out with us (well mostly).

Here's Harley (as an old man) and Emmie. 
And below is Harley and Leo.

You can see they all got along. Harley was truly a gentle giant. I am probably one of the few people who doesn't prefer cats over dogs or dogs over cats, and I liked having all 3 of them as they were wonderful company, but each in their own way.

OK, enough said. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Angie's Recipes said...

A live snake!!! That orange cat looks just like my Hermes :-))

Iris Flavia said...

Great work!!!!
If a bit "disgusting",LOL.
When I read of Wesley the Owl I found the parts of the dead mice not so yummy, but that´s what owls and cats yum on.

Your gentle giant looks cute, too.
Great when cats and dogs get along - wish that would go for all humans as well, beyond the innocent child-age.
Hugs and to peace.

kathyinozarks said...

Great journal page Erika, I really love it

CJ Kennedy said...

I love the Ink on your page! Emmie and Harley are very cute and Leo is a big boy. Quill looks like he's going that route, too. Did you get 3 inches of snow and still snowing?

Jeanie said...

I love your oranges! Can't beat 'em. And Harley sounds like just a fabulous dog. I love your piece and wish Lizzie would find that very snack when one is available. Note to Cat: A living mouse is not a toy -- it's a snack.

R's Rue said...

So cute.

Mae Travels said...

Your pets are a treat to see. IT’s fun that the dog and cat would only be harmonious when humans were not looking.

best… mae at

The Happy Whisk said...

Harley has the same gray that Bug has these days. Though Bug started out gray. She half beagle. Pets are the best.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful page and love your pet pictures. My cats and dogs were always one heart and soul, too, but at least the dog never woke me up with dead mice! Have a great day, hugs Valerie

NatureFootstep said...

I like your art and your furry friends.
Apart from the hungry cat I love that cool moon.

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a nice page and I do like your pet photographs.

All the best Jan

Rostrose said...

Dear Erika,
I am also one of those people who love dogs and cats equally. (And many other animals too <3 <3 <3) But I never had a dog. (My brother has one and had two others before.) Instead, I had in the course of my life so far: four cats, five budgies and four guinea pigs. I would love to have a farm with dogs, cats, goats, sheep, donkeys, horses, chickens, ............
How nice that your dogs and cats got along so well. They were all cute! But WOW: 10 kilos as the ideal weight for a cat is huge!
Your cat collage is a great and complex thing (sewn, sanded, punched, stamped...) and also funny with the grinning moon and the "Midnight Snack" ;-)
All the best
and have a good time!

Neet said...

I don't know what it is about ginger cats but they always have that contented look about them. Love the photos of your kitties and your old dog.
Also the journal page - what a great picture of a cat having a midnight snack. The shade of blue you chose for your background is the perfect foil for the black image and the silver moon. A lovely page.
Hugs, Neet xx

Aimeslee Winans said...

Nice page, Erika. The silver paper was a cool idea. That's a big dog! We never got presents from our cat Carmella, but she did capture snakes and mice and bring them to the back porch and "play" with them...flip them up in the air violently and then wait for them to move after they hit the ground and capture them all over again. One time she let a mouse escape and I chewed her out. Gave her a lecture about her role in our ecosystem! Heehee XOX

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

As a cat lover, this is a wonderful entry for Bleubeard's and my theme at Art Journal Journey. I love the background you created wth combed pages. I also like how you drew the cat and mouse. And the sewing is wonderful.

When I got Bear, a champion Chesapeake Bay Retriever, I told Dog, the cat I'd had since he was 5 weeks old, he had to be nice to Bear because Bear would soon be a LOT bigger than he was. Dog, who didn't like being around people, slept with Bear and nuzzled him when Bear got homesick for his family. They got so close, they were inseparable. When I took trips, they both went with me because Dog loved to ride in the car and walk on a leash. Yes, a strange cat, but I started training him at 6 weeks. When Bear was stolen, Dog mourned for weeks. Thanks for these memories and for your lovely photos of both your dogs and cats.

craftytrog said...

Great page and wonderful photos Erika! I love both cats and dogs too, all animals in fact.