More Collage Papers That You Can Make
Here are some more examples of what you can do with ordinary papers and a little paint to come up with some beautiful collage papers to use in your own art.
The first two were brown paper bags that were flattened out and kept on hand as I painted on my canvases and panels. Then when I want to blot a little paint off my canvas or panel, or I want to clean off a brayer, I use the piece of brown paper and lay it aside after depositing the color. Then I repeat and repeat until I have a rich layer of pattern and color. I liked how the first one began to look like writing.
This next example is a piece of newsprint. I do the same thing that I do to the brown paper. I almost always have a sheet of one or the other on hand to receive excess paint from my normal painting process. The one below was obviously slightly crumpled when I laid it down on a panel to blot some very wet paint. Since the newsprint isn’t very absorbent, the paint makes an interesting pattern.
The next three are examples of several sheets of papers that were very generously shared with me by Deridre Abbots, who attended a workshop on how to make these. They look like works of art in themselves.
I looked up the process online and found out a little more about how they are made. I believe they were done using CitraSolv on old National Geographic pages. I can’t wait to experiment with some of my own. Click here to see a whole gallery of these beauties.
(Deirdre, if you’re reading this right now, I just want you to know that I haven’t had the heart to tear or cut these beautiful pages. Maybe I’ll use scans of them in various ways. After all, the papers are two-sided, since the solvent works on both sides of the magazine pages.)