Skip to content

New Collage with Weathered Papers

June 7, 2010

“Surveying the Scene” – Collage with Weathered Papers

Collage 8 x 8″ on 11 x 14″ Arches Cover Paper

This is the first piece I’ve done since I collected my “buried” papers from the garden. They were on top of the ground, but rain had splashed dirt and bits of vegetation all over them over the months. So I had to carefully clean them with a soft brush and treat them very delicately. My last step in treating them included baking them in a 150 degree oven for a few minutes to kill any molds, etc.

This collage involved lots of careful gluing using clear acrylic medium, because of the porosity and softness of the papers. I still need to glue them down more, but wanted to scan this for you to see. Of course I don’t want it to lie completely flat. I want to retain the great natural textures.

There are so many beautiful papers to work with, and I’m thrilled to have them for future creative projects.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2010 5:24 pm

    wonderful, wonderful – have to try this, love the composition and dimension. great work as always……best to you.

  2. artimagica permalink
    June 7, 2010 6:28 pm

    Very Interesting! I am a collage artist and have always loved materials that look aged and distressed. I’m going to have to try this out and also get the magazine. Love your piece and thanks for the hot tip!

    • June 8, 2010 6:43 am

      Artimagica, I’m glad you liked this idea and hope you’ll try it. Be sure to explore Seth Apter’s blog too, where you’ll find links to other artists’ experiments with weathered papers. His blog is

      Please stop by any time!

  3. June 7, 2010 7:00 pm

    These papers are so beautiful…I had my book buried last year that I made with Seth Apter but I had coated the whole process with my gel medium to protect them in some crazy manner. What was I thinking? Anyway i put my book into the micro wave to eliminate any molds and little round bugs. I am intrigued with this process. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

    • June 8, 2010 6:44 am

      Mary Helen, that’s a hoot. But I’ll bet you still got some very interesting effects. And I like the microwave idea!

  4. Mary Buek permalink
    June 8, 2010 3:24 am

    Martha, this collage is just wonderful. Love the papers that were in your garden.

    • June 8, 2010 6:47 am

      Thanks, Mary. I love what happened with the papers too. Even the dyed paper samples from the sample packs. The colors bled and they became perforated (nibbled??) and had big holes, with color darkening at the edges of the holes. Some of those effects could never be imitated in the studio!

  5. June 8, 2010 4:22 am

    Such depth… I can hear visitors in a galery mumble: “How on earth did she do it?” and see you smile.

    • June 8, 2010 6:49 am

      Thank you, Eva! I think every artist wants that. We don’t want to be too transparent in our processes.

      I love it especially when I can’t even figure out what I’ve done!! 🙂

  6. June 8, 2010 4:25 pm

    Oh my Martha, I have been waiting to see how this would work out from the time you put them out to be buried.

I love getting your comments, so please don't be shy! Your feedback is valued.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: