Friday, April 30, 2010

Another Experiment

Because I knew from the beginning that this would not be a finished piece, I felt free to throw everything I had into the collage background - papers from dark to light, more photos in black and white and color, and also leaving parts of the background canvas exposed. The photo overlay is printed on a piece of art tissue cut to a size to fit my inkjet printer and sprayed with a fixative when the ink was dry.  The piece is built on an 8"x8" canvas.

I had to be very careful when applying the tissue paper to the canvas as it is quite fragile when wet, but the tissue paper worked very well!  I learned that I need to be much more careful with the placement of the parts of the collage as they relate to the photo - anything under a white part of the photo will show through almost too well, and papers that are too dark will blur details.  Next time I will cut my collage pieces to exact size so that I don't get a ridge where the papers overlap, and also not leave any of the canvas exposed as it stands out like a sore thumb.  Or a mistake, LOL.

My next experiment will be with tiling an image - I want to work larger than the 8"x10" size that my printer limits to.  Getting closer...!


Shashi Nayagam said...

It looks lovely and everything seems to gel together well.

Serena said...

Well done, Judi! This is definitely looking close to Michelle Caplan's technique and it looks great from where I'm sitting. It makes me want to dig out some mixed media supplies and get cracking as I haven't experimented with it in ages. :(

Judi W. said...

Looking good!

MaryO said...

You're way ahead of me, I'm still experimenting with painted backgrounds! But this is fascinating. I can't wait to see the next one you do.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Judi, I love the way your experiments are turning out! Great work.