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Collage with Painted and Weathered Papers

July 30, 2010

“Fathom” – Collage, 8 x 8″ Mounted on 14 x 11″ Archival Paper

This collage makes use of both painted papers and some of the weathered papers that I made.

the background piece was torn to size, and is newsprint with acrylic paint. Another torn piece of painted newsprint was added, along with some bits of the weathered papers and some colored string, which echoes the linear pattern created by the printed bit of a magazine page.

It’s nice to do a few collages right now, since the garden and the canning have been so physically demanding. I took today off altogether and while my husband was gone on his many errands I watched “Hope Floats” on DVD, lent to me by my sister. She says she’s watched it several times and I can see why. It’s everything a chick flick should be, all rolled into one movie.

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  1. donna baek permalink
    July 30, 2010 6:26 pm

    der martha, i love this one. i think all of your wethered paper collages are strong. i’ve hit a wall of weak paintings. i’m learning things from all ofd them but it’s still kind of frustrating.

    i’m curious how you handle your ” failed ” pieces. mine are all abstracts on cradled panels so can take some abuse. do you gesso over them? keep them to ponder? it’s very hard for me to paint over them. each has some bright areas.

    • July 31, 2010 10:17 am

      Thanks Donna! In answer to your question, I have no problem at all painting over things that I don’t think are successful. Of course for me that means just more texture, which is always good. But I may gesso over them completely or just start adding paint to certain areas.

      Another thing I sometimes do is try to leave alone the areas that I like and work with them. I may surround an area with colors that harmonize with it, and start to play with the shapes or patterns that it suggests.

      Gosh, you’re making me think of another possible blog post. I might be able to take you through that process with pictures – a good thought!

  2. July 30, 2010 6:41 pm

    Oh, I love archeological site maps! And most of all those undefined in which I decide what is hidden. Could look at it for hours.

  3. July 30, 2010 8:54 pm

    Oh, this is quite yummy, Martha!
    But then all your images are luscious; you’re so talented and have a great eye for combinations.
    Hope you’re rested and have not overdone. Take care in this heat…

    [ ps/post alert: new grandbaby pix on my blog ~ whee ]

    • July 31, 2010 10:22 am

      Well, Ms. DJ —

      First of all, thanks for your positive feedback and encouragement. It’s so appreciated.

      Secondly, I did in fact go take a peek at your new grandbaby and his big brother. Precious, precious little munchkins they are. I know you are in grandma heaven!

      And thirdly, this heat has slowed me down some, but it has slowed down the garden too, so but the timing is perfect for staying inside and putting up the veggies that we do have. I’m done now — for the moment!

  4. pat q permalink
    July 31, 2010 9:49 am

    Hi I admire all that you do as you are so creative. I keep working away at abstract art. I do want to try burying papers next.
    A question: the newsprint you used. Is it regular newspaper, or the pad of newsprint one can buy? Is it archival? I thought newsprint yellowed and disintegrated after a while?
    I look forward to seeing and reading your journal every day. I thank you for sharing. pat q

    • July 31, 2010 10:32 am

      Pat, thank you so much.

      In answer to your question about the newsprint, it’s plain newsprint that I’ve either bought in pads or sheets. I’ve even used the sheets that were left over from moving last year. The thing is, all my collages are made up of all manner of papers, so I don’t worry about archivability. It’s my hope that the collages will last longer than the original papers would have without all the acrylic gels and mediums that have now been applied. They aren’t going to disintegrate with all the adhesives. And another thought for me is that a certain patina of age would only add to their appeal.

      I know there are all degrees of opinion about collage and the materials used. If you wanted to be a purist, you could create all of your own papers using only acid free ones, coloring them with the best paints and inks. It’s a lovely idea, but I haven’t pursued it . . . yet! 🙂

  5. July 31, 2010 1:57 pm

    I’m really drawn to the earthiness of this piece – the colors and textures are wonderful!

    Isn’t “Hope Floats” a sweet little movie? It’s become one of my favorites, too.

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

    • July 31, 2010 7:15 pm

      Glad you like this piece, Angela. Yes, that movie goes on my list of faves. Have you seen Love, Actually? It has a holiday theme but is one of my very favorites in this category.

  6. July 31, 2010 2:43 pm

    Beautiful collage. Went to yoututbe and watched the trailer for that movie, oh, I want to see it too now. I looove chickflicks! 🙂

    And I agree with you on archival collages, they shouldn’t be when you use vintage papers or originals, it’s in the name that the papers are not acid free etc.

    Take care!

    • July 31, 2010 7:20 pm

      Hanna, great point. I think that vintage papers, etc., are wonderful in their own right.

      I have a plan to watch more chick flicks when my husband is out and about. He really doesn’t like to watch them — not because he’s a big macho man, but because he’s not. And I love them because I can cry all by myself without being embarrassed! 🙂

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