My Holy Orders

Collage and other artwork By Sandra Marcom Carlman

Gallery of Psalms

 Most of these collages are for sale in multiple forms.  The original collages vary in price from $300 to $500. 

Available in print in either of two sizes, 8"x10" print, matted to fit in an 11" x 14" frame for $35, or 13" x 19" print matted to fit in an 18"x 24" frame for $45.

Cards are also available  in sets of 4 (identical) for $12.










Scroll down to see larger images and descriptions of these collages.

In His Hand                                                        $350

"In his hand are all the corners of the earth, and the strength of the hills is his also."

                                               Psalm 95:4




This collage consists of torn and cut papers and measures 16"x20".  I love the idea of the "corners" of the earth and tried to represent that in the landscape.


 Also available in print and card form.


Cloud and Pillar of Fire                                      $350

"In the daytime he led them by a cloud, and at night by a pillar of fire."

                               Psalm 78:14


 This 20"x16" collage uses a variety of papers, Lumiere paint and some dryer lint in the cloud.  The two small collages of day and night are linked by the band of rice paper that physically connects them.


Also available in print and card form.


How Sweet Are Your Words                               $350

"How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey."

                            Psalm 119:103


This 20"x16" collage is made of different cut papers.  The individual cells of the honey comb are from a Bible.



 Also available in print and card form.



I Wait for the Lord                                              $300

"I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning."

          Psalm 130:5-6


The collage uses watercolor on rice paper, torn paper and charcoal.  It measures 20"x16".  (In this photo the text is computer-generated but in the actual collage the text is hand-lettered.)


 Also available in print and card form.


Enlighten My Darkness                                        $350


"For Thou wilt light my candle:  the Lord will enlighten my darkness."

                                     Psalm 18:28


This 16"x20" collage is composed of various rice papers with some Prismacolor drawing in the flame.  The candle is negative space.



 Also available in print and card form.



When Doubts Fill My Mind                                   $400

"Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer."

                                             Psalm 94:19



This 16"x20" collage has a heart woven into the substrate, with metallic threads and ribbon, showing both turmoil and peace and steadfast hope.


 Also available in print and card form.


Open My Eyes To See                                          $300

"Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your word.  I am but a pilgrim here on earth: how I need a map -- and your commands are my chart and guide."

                              Psalm 119:18-19


In this 20"x16" collage I have drawn a map on adjoining pages from a Bible, to symbolize using God's word as a "chart and guide."


 Also available in print and card form.



Wake Up My Soul                                                $400

"Wake up my soul!  Wake up, O harp and lyre!  I will waken the dawn with my song."

                                             Psalm 57:8


 The collage measures 16"x20".  The background is watercolor with salt.  The harp is Thai metallic paper with strings of metallic thread.  The harpist is cut from original manuscript of Austin composer, Donald Grantham.  Other papers are used for the ground.  (In this photo the text is computer-generated, but the original collage has hand-lettering.)

Also available in print and card form.


Your Unfailing Love                                             $400

"Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths."

                                          Psalm 36:5-6



The background of this 16"x20" collage is watercolor on rice paper, with alcohol and salt.  The land forms use various papers.    (In this photo  I substituted computer text, but in the actual collage, the text is hand-lettered.)


Also available in print and card form.

The Day and the Night                                       $300

"Yours is the day, yours also the night; you established the luminaries and also the sun.  You have fixed all the bounds of the earth; you made summer and winter.

                             Psalm 74:16-17


This 20"x16" collage incorporates acrylic paint, various papers, and pen, to suggest the heat of the sun and the cold of winter.


 Also available in print and card form.


May Every Fiber of My Being                               $400

"May every fiber of my being unite in reverence to your name.  With all my heart I will praise you.

                                    Psalm 86:11-12



This 16"x20" collage features a heart woven from hand-dyed ribbon.  Over the heart is an open weaving of various wires and metallic threads to suggest marshaling all of one's disparate parts in praise to God.



 Also available in print and card form.


Sing Unto the Lord                                              $300

"Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains."

                                  Psalm 147:7-8


This 16"x20" collage uses cut paper with string and cotton.  The harp is cut from handpainted and textured gold paper.  It is strung with  metallic thread.  Metallic strings also represent rain in the sky.

(This is the first collage I made after retiring from teaching.)


Also available in print and card form.


The Words of the Lord                                        $300

"The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times."

                                          Psalm 12:6


This collage features flames cut from Biblical text, embers of various silver papers and text hand-lettered in silver.  The camfered black background is on a white paper substrate measuring 16"x20".



Also available in print and card form.



Thou Desirest Not                                               $400

"Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."

                                       Psalm 51:16-17


Overlapping the black background cross are pieces of watercolor paper.  Above them is a heart composed of singed and charred paper.  The heart is torn and three-dimensional.  This collage is ready for display in its 17"x21" natural wood shadowbox frame.


Also available in print and card form.


Under His Wings                                                  $350

"You have seen . . . how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself."

                                         Exodus 19:4



The background is painted on canvas paper.  The wing is composed of tiny torn papers.  It sits above the background and casts a shadow.  The landscape is made from various torn papers.  The collage is ready for display in its 17"x21" natural wood shadowbox frame.


 Also available in print and card form.



We Glide Along                                                   $300

"We glide along the tides of time as swiftly as a racing river, and vanish as quickly as a dream."

                              Psalm 90:6



The 16"x20" collage uses several kinds of papers to suggest both the tides of a river and the insubstantiality of a dream.


Also available in print and card form.


Yawheh                                                             $400

"O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"

                                 Psalm 8:1



 This 20"x16" collage is designed in a grid.   In the center the word "Yawheh" is spelled out in letters of hand-textured gold paper.  On either side are squares that suggest the cosmos and the sun and moon.   The bottom row is a set of mini-collages suggest the variety of landscapes found on our planet Earth.


Also available in print and card form.


How Manifold Are Thy Works                   Not For Sale

"O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom thou hast made them all: the earth is full of thy riches."

                                                Psalm 104:24



I searched through years of National Geographic magazines to find small rectangles of plants, animals, people, skies, galaxies, and rocks to portray the richness of creation. 


Available only in print and card form.

Let the Sea Praise                                             $350

"Let the sea in all its vastness roar with praise! . . . Let the waves clap their hands in glee, and the hills sing out their songs of joy before the Lord."

                                   Psalm 98:7-8


Various papers, including original music manuscript, suggest the hills mentioned in this Psalm.  The torn paper waves are lifted slightly off the surface, as can be seen by the cast shadows in the photograph.  This collage comes in an 14"x11" shadowbox frame.


Also available in print and card form. 

By the Word of the Lord                                     SOLD



"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made:  and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth."

                                           Psalm 33:6


This collage uses layers of various papers, and a great deal of hand sewing through the layers with metallic threads.


Available only in print and card form.



Teach Us To Number Our Days                         $350

"So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

                                                   Psalm 90:12


This 16"x20" acrylic on canvas collage also includes stamping, transfer, and bits of paper.  The bulk of the numbers are arranged within an hour glass shape that is not clearly defined.


This is my most recent collage, finished just before I began working on my web site.


Also available in print and card form.


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