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February 3, 2006

I have no idea where these collages will take me. I decided that instead of using found papers, photographs, fabrics, etc., I would make my own collage papers. Using several different types and thicknesses of paper, I made my own marks and patterns. Then I cut and tore them into compositions. Then I painted into and over them, sometimes adding more collage elements. I started to get excited about them, so I scanned them and started cutting them up and re-arranging them digitally. The resulting digital studies may be the basis for some paintings. I am liking the more subtle color.

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  1. Christa permalink
    February 3, 2006 1:29 pm

    Very nice 🙂 I love the earth colours in this.
    Sometimes I break the rules myself and use watercolour paper for my drawings for example. It can have a stunning effect that is both different and gives the drawing a new life.

  2. Martha Marshall permalink
    February 3, 2006 1:41 pm

    Thank you Christa! I love to break rules or look for different materials and ways of doing things. Yesterday I was cutting pieces of canvas off a roll, and discovered some very messy priming near the heart of the roll, where the gesso hadn’t dried before it was rolled up, as well as a huge seam where the canvas had been sewn together. Beautiful! More collage stuff.

  3. February 3, 2006 2:00 pm

    Man! I’m with you on the need to create your own collage papers… I always feel a bit of a ‘shock’ when I see paper I’ve used in someone else’s paintings… like ‘how dare they!’ when the stuff is available everywhere. Making/finding your own deepens the whole process, and yours are looking really fine. KJ

  4. Martha Marshall permalink
    February 3, 2006 2:09 pm

    Thanks KJ! I value your feedback, because I’m still too close to it to really “see” them, you know? Sometimes I have to put things away and look again.

  5. CMC permalink
    February 3, 2006 4:06 pm

    Love’em, Martha.
    I do this as well….make papers. But I still buy as I just can’t help myself. I do restrain myself from buying a lot of the more recognizable ones now though as I can’t seem to incorporate them into my work as well.

  6. Martha Marshall permalink
    February 3, 2006 4:14 pm

    Glad you like them Cheryl! Yep, I have to try to stay out of the paper department at the art store! Beautiful papers could easily become an addiction.

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