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Another New Collage

May 17, 2010

“Passageways 7″ – Collage, 5 x 7”

Continuing with the series of abstract collages that I did last week, this one is number seven. The background paper is metallic gold, which is difficult to scan properly.

I’ve been asked before how to keep wrinkles to a minimum, but I find that wrinkles add a nice texture to the overall piece. If you don’t want wrinkles, you should first apply gloss acrylic medium to both sides of all papers that will be going into your composition. When these are all dry, you can iron them in place using a coated pressing sheet (the kind that you get when you peel off a sheet of self-stick labels, and also the backing for shelf paper. Don’t throw that stuff away!)

It’s amazing what you can learn just by observing all kinds of crafty videos and TV shows. I saw something on Quilting Arts TV this week that got my attention. It’s a product that I hadn’t seen, but must be a normal thing for fabric artists. It’s a spray-on fusible product that you apply to the back of anything to make it iron on to a surface. Unfortunately I couldn’t find this on Quilting Arts TV (too many hoops to jump through) so I did a Google search and found this. I can only begin to imagine the possibilities for collage!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2010 8:13 pm

    I happen to love the wrinkles…textures and marks united to collectively share a composition. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. Ian Foster permalink
    May 18, 2010 12:13 am

    A super collage and lovely colours. I quite agree that the wrinkles add a great texture to the work.

    • May 18, 2010 4:50 am

      Thank you for the nice feedback, Ian. Note: I am growing fonder of wrinkles every day! 😉

  3. May 20, 2010 5:26 pm

    This is a beautiful piece. Great golden background and a composition of elements that realy draws the eyes full circle.

  4. May 21, 2010 5:16 pm

    This is my favorite collage of the series! It’s really wonderful. Wrinkles and torn edges. I like the muted pallet a lot and the empty space. Very nice.

    • May 21, 2010 7:27 pm

      Glad you like it, Jennifer! I want to do more of these with less emphasis (or none) on photographs, and with torn edges and just abstract shapes.

  5. May 30, 2010 3:19 pm

    Martha, When you collage, you have a talent for selecting elements that just sing in harmony together. Not everyone can do that, my friend. Hugs~

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