Thursday, November 4, 2010

Collage Mistake

Vintage Postcard Collage -
can you find the mistake?
   Yesterday, I posted a collage I made using one of my vintage postcards.  I made this collage a number of months ago, it has hung in the studio for quite a while.  I even had it for sale at our last studio sale.
What is wrong with this picture?

Can you find it?  I attached the quotation in the wrong order.  A simple mistake, surely enough.  What I am embarrassed about is that I never noticed.  I even tried to sell it that way!  Mortified!

What's even more silly is that no one else noticed, or had the nerve to point out my mistake.  I didn't notice until I sat down to write a blog about it.  I have since fixed the collage, and posted a correct photo in yesterday's blogpost. 

Good thing collage is a forgiving medium.  Any mistake can be changed or fixed to suit your every whim.  I used an Exacto knife and cut and scraped the original quote off the collage.  I did cause some damage.  But, the dents and leftover paper bits were easily covered by the new quotation.  A few coats of Mod Podge smoothed everything out.  Good as new!

Treat or Treat!?
I guess I am not the only one who makes mistakes like that.  This is one my daughter noticed as we were putting away Halloween decorations.  It sat in my yard the whole month of October, just like this... none of us noticed.  I have had it for several years... none of us has ever noticed.  It was sold in a store and purchased, and no one noticed.

It's funny how the brain will make those automatic corrections when something is not quite right. 

The lesson I have learned:  Proofread.  I should have known about that one, being and English major and former English teacher.  Proofread.  Proofread. Proofread.  Then have someone else read it, too.  Another pair of eyes never hurts.  I guess I never have thought about needing a proofreader for my art, but it wouldn't hurt.

(And yes, I do proofread my blogs.  But, should you ever find an error, please tell me.  My husband does.)


  1. In the paragraph about proofreading you use "and" instead of "an." You said you wanted to be told ;)

  2. Jeremy caught that one, too. That's what I get for writing while tired!