Here is one of the collages I’ve completed recently. Layers of paints and papers were used first to create a textured background. To add dimension, items such as cigar labels, picture frames, buttons, glass marbles, metallic string, and shells were added.
For this one, I began with a peeling paint technique, using Vaseline as a resist. Layers of paints and papers were then added on top of this initial background. Over the face of the image, I used gel medium to apply a fiber paper and give it a textured but translucent appearance. Metallic Lumiere paints and alcohol inks were drizzled on in random fashion. Dimension was added with skeleton leaves, kitchen twine, and a suede cord wrapped around the canvas.
Deborah Helton says
Love the collages. I will have to try the vaseline resist. I haven’t thought of using it.
Thanks very much! What I did was to put down a background colour, let it dry, and then in various areas I applied Vaseline to it to create sections that would show through later. You can also use this with things like pages of text – put some Vaseline on areas of the text that you want to still be visible after painting. Apply another colour over your canvas or paper and then use a rag or paper towel to rub away in the areas where the Vaseline had been. Leaves a lovely aged kind of look similar to peeling paint.