Yesterday I went out and bought some beautiful yellow and purple flowers. I love that combination. I also bought some extra Baby’s Breath because my cat Mikko loves to eat it! As I was arranging the flowers he was on the kitchen island, as close as possible, and leaning forward anxious to begin his nibbling. With the flowers came some sheer yellow paper that I immediately saved for collage. Given the abundant sunshine today seemed like a good day to use it. I felt my postcard should have a design first so I “doodled” a design onto it in the same way I have been doodling for years. I colored that in black and then covered it with the yellow paper. I wished I had some tiny black beads to add, but I don’t. Instead I wrapped the card in darning thread and then filled some of the areas with glass bead medium. Those areas didn’t stand out enough – I really needed black beads! So, second best was to paint the beaded areas with a wash of black watercolor. I’m quite pleased with the result and I like the way the flash from the photo lit up the beaded areas.
This felt hard today. As I looked at my table I felt like I had done everything I was considering doing. Which, of course, is crazy. There are endless possibilities. The tricky part is that I challenge myself to use the materials immediately at hand on my table. That can be limiting. Anyway, why a goat on this one? Good question! He just seemed right for the card…
This is a return to my roots. When I started collage I worked mostly with images that I tore from magazines. I loved the colors in this ad so I ripped it out of a magazine and then ripped it into pieces. I found that blurb “pulse of the planet” in my ripped shreds and liked it. I just reassembled everything in a new way.
Well, this one is a lesson in leaving well enough alone. I applied some crumpled wax paper. Then I palette knifed on some paint. Then I put some paint down the middle. Should have stopped there. I tried adding some marker to the middle which looked awful. So I needed to add more paint to cover it up which left it looking rather worse for wear. What was that mantra again – I won’t like them all. Oh well.
Let’s see if I can type with my cat Mikko in my lap! Nope, he moved to sit beside me and share my chair. Mmmmmmm. Todays’ card started with a piece of black construction paper glued to the postcard. I crumpled a piece of used wax paper from my table and glued it on top. Then I added a scrap piece of wax paper that had some black acrylic paint. A study in black and white.