The Making of a Collage Painting…My Personal Process
“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s time to start sharing! In this post I will be showing you one of the favorite things I do, collage painting, which for me is a mixed media art that has some collage. I really love this process of creating a mixed media and adding collage. Some people have asked me about my process…it is intuitive or do you know what are you going to do? I never thought about that until Jane Davies asked me in the retreat at Vermont in August 2012.
After almost a week working in different projects, I was ready to answer that question…and No, I don’t really plan, for me it is an intuitive process. And, no, I don’t open Pinterest to get inspiration. I do have an archive of photos of things I like but almost never go back to look at them, even if I am going to start a new art. In fact, sometimes, when I open my laptop I look at some of them just because I like them. It is the same as looking at a favorite view, which inspires me, because most of them are photos related to nature or everyday life. Sometimes I plan what I want to do and then I end up doing something different. Sometimes a just pick a canvas and start adding paints or papers, with no plan at all. Sometimes I choose something that I like to work on, like an elephant, or a bicycle, or an owl, or cups or anything that comes to my mind at any moment but I never planned how it will end. I believe it is a conversation with my inner self and the canvas or the surface chosen at that moment. I like to draw, doodle and sometimes I get one of those and it provides a starting point. I REALLY REALLY LOVE THIS PROCESS. I can tell with no regrets that I love what I do and I am proud of it.
Since 2009, when I started learning and practicing this art, I have learned to trust my instincts and my process and the colors I choose. To make this lesson I picked one of my favorite mixed media and tried to imitate it to make the lesson simple for you. It ended up as a unique piece. I hope you enjoy the demonstration and that it will inspire you in some way. Please use the password “prepare” to be able to view the video.
The video will demonstrate the third step in my process of creating a mixed media. I can say that “my process” of creating a mixed media has at least six parts: 1. creating the papers, 2. preparing the canvas, 3. Start Collaging and creating the mixed media, 4. add details with the brayers or any other tool available, 5. Add other details (more collage). 6. Let it dry and add details with pens, ink and/or paint. Parts 4, 5 and 6 will be resumed in photos after the video. Enjoy!!
6. Roll the brayer again over the paint!
7. And again over the college!
8. See what is happening? Like it?
10. The complete collage with the brayer rolled over!
11. Adding the dragonflies I draw over a yellow painted paper. Pasting them with medium gel.
12.Cutting and pasting my flowers!
13. The finished and pasted flowers.
14. Using some stencils from my class mate at Vermont, Julie Baltzer. Isn’t they gorgeous?
15. Get some white acrylic paint with this cosmetic sponge!
16. Sponge the paint with the sponge over areas you like using a stencil.
17. Looking good!!
18. See the results?
19. I like this!
20. Adding details with a white gel pen! I don’t know why but I love to do this!
21. Details to the leaves with the gel pen!
22. More details with the gel pen!
23. Hearts with the gel pen….a must on my colleges!
24. VOILA!! The finished art…It needs a varnish but not until it gets scanned!!
Copyright Elizabeth Gonzalez 2012
When I was asking myself in what direction I wanted my blog after coming back, this was my first choice, have a place to share my life as an artist and share my knowledge and experience, my art and the “how to” of some of them….in other words…making something that matters. I hope you enjoyed the post and the demo class. I can tell for sure that this post was created ……..
With so much love,
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