To Iron or Not to Iron
Sometimes I like to work with the wrinkles that occur naturally in my collages to take advantage of the interesting textures, as shown here with the shape at the top of this collage.
However, if you want a nice smooth surface, here is Jonathan Talbot’s method for fusing collage papers. It requires a little more preparation ahead of time, but is foolproof and works beautifully. If you haven’t tried it, you should.
I have used this method off and on since I took one of Jonathan’s workshops, but that’s just about the only thing I will iron. Well, except for the occasional dry mounting of a piece of art to a backing. Clothes are a whole other story. If I want wrinkles out of my clothes, I just spritz them with a little water and toss them in the dryer for a few minutes. Life is too short to iron clothes.