Category Archives: Mixed Media Collage

Finished Mixed Media Collage Piece

After a little rearranging and getting all the pieces tacked down, I put a heavy coat of varnish (satin) on it, it’s ready for display. I’ve called it “Lord Christopher Darnsworthington, VIII.  Google didn’t have any name like that listed, and it’s sort of whimsical, but appropriate for this fellow dressed in all his finery.

The list of materials used is quite long too. Most are fluid acrylic paint and various types of plastic, cotton, paper and cake decorations.   Wish him well on his journey!  🙂

Collector in Chief

I am a collector–can’t throw anything away. Even blobs of dry paint that I’ve peeled off the bottom of a plastic cup . Even cracked pieces of watercolor paint occasionally come in handy in painting. But they especially come in handy when doing mixed media collage. A small dot of red paint makes a great eye, and stringy pieces make hair, etc.  Gray paints make great scales. Most of them after they are thoroughly cured can be easily stored in a small container. They appear to stick together, but easily come apart.

Here’s a part of my collection of acrylic paints. Don’t hesitate to save them. Leave they out in the air separated for a week or so, and then they will be fully cured and will easily peel apart when stored together.

Getting Going Again – Value of a Mat In Evaluating Progress

The value of using a mat in evaluation of a painting is particularly evident when doing a mixed media, somewhat thick, collage. Nothing seems to make any sense when the material appears seemingly just thrown randomly on the paper.  In this case there’s a 20×16″ canvas under all this. In doing this I most often work with the mat in place, but here’s what it looks like with the mat removed.

Before containing pieces with a mat.

And here, with a mat with a 20×16″ opening. Didn’t move any of the pieces. Just lifted the mat. I have not glued most of the pieces at this stage.  I did crop off the mat for this picture, but followed the sizing exactly. Stay tuned for the next episode.

Aha, it’s not all chaos.
And here’s a thumbnail so you can see the overall plan.

Gee, I’m starting to see things.  How about you?

Thanks, MP