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New Collage Series, “Scrolls”

February 28, 2011

Scrolls Series, #1 - Collage, 5 x 7 give or take, mounted on 8 x 10 watercolor paper

Just as it came out of my mouth that I want to paint on big canvases again, the collage medium has given me a breakthrough of sorts. It wasn’t planned. It was just a result of playing “what if.”

Over the weekend some pretty exciting things happened with some new collages. Working with nothing but pieces of my table cover that’s been in place for the past year and a half, I’ve had a great time seeing possibilities. What resulted is a new series titled “Scrolls.”

This new series will be available in my Etsy shop.

The canvases will have to wait for another couple of days. This is too much fun.




8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 1:01 am


    i like this.

    in addtion… – you have a very similar mind process as i do, i think. if i’m supposed to do something. or if i say i think i’ll do something… i’m very likely to do something else.

    and the covering works – i have to laugh again. i use them too. mostly so far as scanned work for digital creations. however i have been considering something off and on and i wonder if you’ve come to this point as well….

    do you use good paper(s) as covers? meaning, you (or i) know we are likely to use what builds up on our cover as ground in some way eventually. so if we use good paper (or canvas even) we’d end up with a good structure ground for our background. i’m just curious if you already doing this?

    here is a sample of what i mean by digital work using cover background:

    ©08 Dream Birds Become

    at that time i used the term “mixed media” as it is both digital drawing and painting with scanned actual paper works. now i’d probably call this “digital mixed media”.

    your collage is cool. i like the sense of perspective on the left juxtaposed with the flatter area on the right – giving the work an elusive depth that becomes intriguing to explore.

    • March 1, 2011 8:51 am

      Thanks, Rick – and no, I’m not using good paper. It’s freezer paper. Heck, it even has a plastic film laminated to it. And on top of that I have the paint, which is covered with a nice heavy coat of acrylic varnish to keep it in place. But the resulting collage is mounted on “good paper” so I guess that’s something. I am not too concerned about good paper for collage. Collage is inherently made up of all kinds of found and recycled materials, including newsprint, magazine clippings, photographs, etc.

      If I wanted it to be strictly archival I could lay down canvas or good paper on the table. Now that’s an intriguing idea. At that point I’d want to have the results as a painting, not a collage.

      • March 2, 2011 9:30 am

        aloha Martha – thanks for your response. interesting point regarding collage materials – yeah mounting it on good paper probably helps about as much as possible (yeah, i use less than archival materials in some work too – sometimes it’s hard to get away from it and sometimes it’s required – ha).

        yeah too, so far i’ve only used butcher paper (i bought a roll years ago) as table/surface covers – interestingly enough it’s remained quite white altho i have no idea what is in it – which is why i’ve only used it as scanned ground/background for digital work. i may eventually try some better papers just because i continue to be fascinated with what happens on the covers. ha – when i do, i’m sure i’ll simply become tempted to start working on it – as you say, as a painting at some point. it’s curious how our mind works sometimes. fun. thank you – aloha

      • March 2, 2011 6:11 pm

        Well Rick – that’s what I like best about the creative process. It never sleeps! 😉

  2. March 1, 2011 1:40 am

    Outch. It is about cutting, isn’t it?

  3. March 2, 2011 2:32 pm

    Love that you allowed the flow of creativity to direct you, rather than follow the rules you had just set for yourself!

    If you have time and interest, I would be honored for you to check out a community art project I’ve started:

    • March 2, 2011 6:00 pm

      Phoenix, I love your name! Phoenix Peacock. I read about your project and hope my readers will check it out as well. It’s a wonderful and ambitious idea. Best of luck to you!

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