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More Papers from the Garden

July 25, 2011

On the Horizon - Collage, 4x4"

This collage is created with weathered papers that I had out in the garden for about four months. If you see staples, that’s because they save time. I’ll glue it later.

The digital painting is going well, but my brain hurts. I love making paintings with photographs in Corel Painter, but there’s so much more when you combine those images with other things like vector files made in Adobe Illustrator. I’ve been forcing myself to learn a little bit every day in Illustrator. I’ll be so glad when it gets easy.

Hope you have big creative plans for the week.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2011 6:40 am

    I love staples! They’re a collage artist’s best friend. Between the stapler and florist wire, my collages almost always depend on them. You can be very strategic with them…and they can really be a mark of difference. My fav technique is to have the staples crisscross or line them up like a row of stiches across your paper elements.

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    July 26, 2011 5:46 pm

    ok you have inspired me i now want to grow some paper too……do you think the florida buggies will eat it before it gets ripe?

    • July 26, 2011 6:23 pm

      Margaret, the bugs are part of what makes the paper so beautiful. Look again — those irregular edges were where the paper was eaten by something! Let me know if you want full instructions again. The main thing to remember is that you can heat it in the oven to kill germs and any remaining bugs. Plus I brush it good with a dry brush.

      • August 14, 2011 6:35 pm

        I’m very curious as to how you “weather” your papers?

      • August 15, 2011 5:37 am

        Marjorie, I dug up the link to one of my first posts about the process. I think that one explains what I did in the most detail. Be sure to read all the comments for further information. You should try it! There are subsequent posts in my blog with updates, and the most important update is the length of time. I have found that nothing much happens until after three months or so. Some artists leave theirs out in the open air and some cover them a little. But that’s all discussed in the above post.

        Additional links are in my post titled Buried Papers: More Links.

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