Waves of Trash/Κυμα Σκουπιδιων

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‘You can run, but you can’t hide’! Collage by Angela Zafiris

Recently a pregnant sperm whale washed up on a beach in Sardinia, Italy. The whale had 49 pounds of plastic in its stomach. Last month another whale was found washed up on the shores of the Philippines with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. The oceans are full of plastics and air pollution has gotten worse.

The state of global air (SOGA) released a report that air pollution is the 5th leading cause of death in the world today. Countries in Asia and Africa are suffering the most due to the use of fuels like coal and charcoal for home cooking. The life expectancy of children in the countries will decrease by 20 months.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) air pollution kills over 7 million people each year. Air pollution increases the risk of stroke, lung cancer and heart disease. Also, air pollution kills 50% of children under the age of 5.

Changes are being made in Europe with the banning of plastic bags and straws and the youth is protesting around the world for the environment. But, quicker and bigger changes need to made and everyone has to make environmental causes a top priority.

Be Kind To Yourself!


“Be Kind to Yourself’ collage on paper by Angela Zafiris .

My hand-made collage with images from magazines, text that I typed and printed, and a message attached to a yogi tea bag that I glued on to the woman in the framed image. Then, after I scanned the image on to the computer, I played around with photo shop, and I changed the colours from blue to yellow and put a heart around the image.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”.
 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Modern Woman/Η Συνχρονη Γυναικα

Collage on canvas by Angela Zafiris

Collage on canvas by Angela Zafiris

High heels
Red lips
She’s careful to never slip
Chin up in the air when she walks
The confidence in her talk
Her ‘multi-tasking’ ability
She’s mastered the code between women
Closeness to the creation
Her love of pretty things
Long hair shining in the sun
Her obsession with beauty
Critical of her body
A career,  marriage and children
All happen so effortlessly
Her pride
Her ego
Are as strong as any mans’.

The modern woman, so much is expected from her. To be everything and to do everything.  She is not simple, she’s very complicated.. I can go on and on about her. The discussion is never-ending.

FYI-The words in Greek are ‘Woman or child?’, ‘Goddess within’ and ‘fearless’.

Conversation Heart Collage- #IHeart Art

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Collage Hearts by Angela Zafiris

Today, I participated in an a webinar hosted by ‘’ . I learned how to make  a three-layered heart collage using cardboard paper, text, pen and pencil, gesso, ribbon a hole puncher and glue. I didn’t have the right fabric for the second layer so I used bits of red coloured paper. For the smallest heart you can write a love poem or quote. There are so many things that you can do. I was very inspired and will probably make more for friends and family.  It’s a nice little gift to give to someone you love. You can hang it anywhere you want.

So get crafty!

Climbing Life

By Angela Zafiris

I decided to get a little crafty with my latest collage mixed-media painting on canvas. I used an old photo copy of an old movie star that I found in  a folder. I cut out some words that I had typed on the computer. I used acrylics and pastels and I transferred some words and designs on to the canvas with a gel matte medium.  There are negative words on the bottom of the mountain because the bottom is our lower consciousness. In life, we have to rise above or climb over these feelings to get to a higher state of consciousness.  The higher state is love, peace and clarity.

The cloud above her head has the following quote:

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” -Ralph W Sockman

Two Collages


Mixed-media by Angela Zafiris

For this collage I used a photograph of a red rose that I had taken in my garden. I altered the photograph by sanding the photo and then I painted the photo with acrylics. I then scratched the photo and I wrote a little poem which isn’t visible in the scan. The gold clover leaf is a real clover leaf that I sealed in rice paper. I painted the leaf gold with gold acrylic paint.


Mixed-media on paper by Angela Zafiris

For ‘My Bliss’ collage I used a lot more colour but it is darker than the scan. I used images from magazines, oil pastels, black markers and acrylics.