I am so excited today because I solved my art collage crisis! Remember how I was making mermaid collages, but I didn’t want to sell them because the paper was wrinkling? I didn’t think they were made well enough to send out into the world? Well, I have found a way to eliminate the wrinkling. It’s so simple I should have figured it out sooner. All I have to do is cut out my found paper pieces and coat each side with gel medium.
This makes the paper sort of plastic-like. It’s coated so when I glue it down the moisture can’t get into the paper and make it wrinkle. This is going to be such a big help in my art collage making. I can now stop harassing every collage artist on the Internet about what kind of glue they use and what they do about the paper wrinkling (many said the wrinkling never bothered them). What a relief!
Anyway, I am back to making mermaids. I went to a thrift store a few weeks ago and they were giving away stacks and stacks of old magazines. I piled as many as I could into my car and have been cutting things out ever since. I have a new reservoir of images and colors to work with. I also got some new mulberry paper that looks pretty in an ocean setting. The mermaid obsession lives!
At the same time I am working on a watercolor painting of a house. It’s a brick house and I was scared to start it, but I am happy with how it is coming along. I am hoping to finish it by next Monday. I am still working on the basic shapes. Once they are in place I will be adding in some details. It’s exciting to try new things.
I am happy to have these projects going. I’ve been in an artistic slump lately. I think it’s because Spring is in the air. I don’t want to be inside, sitting (or standing) at a table. I want to be outside working with plants and moving around in the semi-warm air. Are you doing anything creative this week? Has anyone experimented with making an art collage?
Anyone else out there experiencing a bad case of Spring Fever?