Felt like doing some collage today, so I got out all my papers that I have coloured and patterned, prepped up some boards and got started.
It's very compulsive, once you start adding papers to boards to form backgrounds, and I ended up making eight of various sizes. I managed to stop myself, and get on actually designing a Still Life collage on one of the prepared boards.
|Still Life Collage, mixed media acrylic, 9 x 9 inch|
I also use transparent papers, a technique learnt from Jane Davies in her Extreme Composition class. These are so useful for adding pattern without adding colour. I like to use Tissuetex, sometimes called Lens Tissue, or Abaca Tissue. This is a very strong tissue, which when glued down is almost invisible. I use markers, pencils and pens to scribble, write or stamp onto the tissues.
I also use catering greaseproof paper in the same way, the catering type being thinner than normal. I like the fact that the greaseproof wrinkles when wet, giving texture to the work. Thank you Jane Davies.
I have worked into the piece when it was dry, with charcoal and water-soluble pencil.