Sunday, July 27, 2008

"Playing with Layers" collage

I don't do "layered" collages very often, and so far, I've only done a few. Why? I think because I have far less confidence in attempting them, I don't feel I know the technics used very well. Also, it's difficult for me to want to cover up things I've already done, as in the layering aspect. Consequently, I've mostly steered clear of them, except for occasionally. When I do attempt one, I do much better if I'm just playing around and experimenting.

When this first started out, I wasn't thrilled with it, and I almost wanted to toss it. Because I hadn't planned for it to be a layered collage, but it looked so bad, I felt it was the only way to salvage it. So I thought....hmmm, this is a good chance for me to play with layering.

This started out with frosting lightweight spackling onto frozen pizza cardboard. Now I'm well familiar with using caulk and wallboard joint compound, both of which I've used fairly often in my art. But I had never tried the spackling, so I decided to get some and try it, and see if and how it differed from the other two. I wasn't sure if I wanted regular spackling or the lightweight kind, but that's what I ended up buying. At first, when I first started frosting with it, I wasn't too happy with it. It seemed harder to work with, harder to frost, and harder to adhere to the cardboard, because it has a lot less moisture content than the other two. But I persisted and got some to adhere.

I wanted to embed some text into it, which was the first time I tried that. I had never tried that with the caulk or jc before. So I tore two short poems out of a book, one about Mom and one about Time. And tore another small piece out of a dictionary, and two small pieces out of a song book. I also used a few pieces of torn tissue paper and dress pattern tissue paper. That's the point at which it wasn't looking too good, and I was tempted to toss it. I set it aside to dry overnight and went to bed.

The next day is when I decided to try salvage it with a lot more layering and collage. I glued some netted fabric, lace fabric, and cheese cloth on, which I liked. Then I added the bird image and strips of rusted fabric, and few small pieces of decorative papers. Then the idea of stenciling the "B" occurred to me. I frosted more spackling over the stencil for that, and I really liked how that worked out. Then I did some stamping, glued on the punched out shapes and the feather. I also added some micro beads in gel medium on a few spots. I used my finger to rub on some different colors of glaze in different areas, then rubbed brown shoe polish over the whole piece. (I love that brown shoe polish.) I wrote the word "play" on there, and added some touches of gold rub on. Then I sealed it with Acrylic Floor Finish (AFF), bought at the Family Dollar store. The last thing I added was the rusted piece in the top right corner.

Making this piece was fun and challenging, and I should maybe try doing this more often. Maybe it would help increase my confidence at layering.

18 comments:

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

Hi Val!
I LOVE this piece . . . I'm glad you persisted until you got it to the place that you did . . . It's WONDERFUL!!!!!

Michelle said...

I think it turned out beautifully, Val. I would never have known you weren't comfortable in this medium.

Sandy said...

This piece is gorgeous - you should definitely be doing more of this!

Gena said...

It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Mary S Hunt said...

it turned out just awesome...i hope you don't stop here..
do another!

Erasmuse said...

Very interesting! I like this!
You should definitely do more of this.

Pam
"Altered My Muse"
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"Every Doll Needs a Home"
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Sharon said...

Way to go Val! I really like this piece... and yes, you should play more often... look at the fun result you produced!

Sharon
http://www.mystoryart.com

Sherry Goodloe said...

Val, I think you did a marvelous job for someone that isn't *comfortable* working in this medium. Keep making more! (smiles)

Linda said...

It is hard to cover up some of the "good stuff" isn't it? But it's worth it....yes, you should keep playing in this medium. Great job!

Lizbethem said...

Good job, Val! Love the feather!

akatrix said...

Val, what a collage! I really like it! You are missing the boat by not doing more collage.....let's see some more real soon. Talk about "mixed media"....you've got a little of everything going and it worked!
Pat

Amybella said...

This is so pretty! I love the plum color incorporated in it...just a touch of it makes it so unique.

CafeArtiste said...

Great job -- makes me want to try the technique as well. Thanks for sharing!

Andrea

mary schweitzer said...

You always amaze me with your wonderful work and ideas.
Mary

Alcor said...

Hi Val

It is very nice! Awesome colors and I like how everything blends together. Alcor

purplepaint said...

Val - oh this is too cool! Love it!

Linda East said...

Val..I guess you know that what you call playing is what some artist do for a living and I think yours is better than thiers..seriously this is so beautiful...Luv LE

akatrix said...

What do you mean you don't do layered collages very well! You need to have your attitude adjusted, girl! Your pieces are all sooooo
wonderful...exciting to look at and they always make me want to feel them! I always love everything you make and look forward to all your posts!
Pat