Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Louise's Family Had Deep Literary Roots

This is a departure from the collages I've been posting. It's my first attempt of a layering and glazing technique for background. To create it, layers of torn text were glued down, then, coated with layers of acrylic glazes. After that, a coat of gel medium was brushed on and I scrawled words into. Then, more glazing to help the words pop.

It created a rich, dense background that took about a week to complete. I'm itching to try more of these when I wrap up some other pieces and those gift tags I'm currently obsessed with. The photo is from a vintage family album that fellow collage artist Susan Mahan gave me a while back; the tree is courtesy of a publisher catalog cover. The final layer was a spattering of ink to add a veneer of "dirt" to help the tree blend into the background. 7.5" x 9.5" on acid-free watercolor paper. {SOLD}

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