New Collage – Hidden Clues
Today it was back to collage for at least a little while, and it felt very good. There’s nothing like getting acrylic medium under one’s fingernails to feel I’m doing real art. I can get completely engrossed in creating digital art, and lose myself in it completely. It’s an endless source of inspiration and discovery. But when it comes down to it, I need to get just a little bit messy once in a while.
This one is titled “Hidden Clues” and is approximately 6 x 6 inches. It will be mounted on a piece of heavy 11 x 14 watercolor paper, because I feel it needs a lot of breathing space. I photographed this collage out in the harsh bright afternoon sunlight, and you can see the deep cast shadow along the right hand side.
Just a note about the creation of this piece: There are a few staples here and there, plus there is glue underneath some of the elements. There is a weathered piece of corrugated box material in the upper right hand quadrant, just the top layer of the material which also had clear packing tape over it. I wanted to dry the collage as fast as possible in order to get it photographed. I used my heat gun (the kind that you use for embossing mediums) and when the heat got close to that corner of the collage, the clear tape curled away and shrank into a shredded kind of shape. It looks like peeling snake skin. So this collage literally completed itself.