Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
This week I want to share with you what I created with the collage papers I created from my last blog post. Remember these?
Here's what I used:
One more thing before we start. I don't have any process photos (GASP! I know!). I was going along with the creative flow and didn't even realize until I was finished, dagnabbit. But, on the other hand, I do have 12 finished faces to show you!
My process is as follows: In my little Moleskine I pre-gessoed a bunch of pages so the page is ready to go when I am. I decided I wanted to fill this book with faces but before I draw the faces I add a few layers of color onto my page with paint and stencils. Using a foam wedge makeup sponges makes this process easy. While those layers dried I went in with my paint pen (black or white) and drew faces on a few of the pages. (Nope, no pencil first! Just go for it! To make it even more fun I used a continuous line on some of them.) For the other pages I cut face-like shapes from my homemade collage paper and glued them down with matte medium. To review: On some pages I drew a face directly on the stencil decorated background and on others I drew a face on top on collage paper that was cut to a face-like shape and then glued in the book.
Oh look! I do have a process shot! LUCKY!
This shows some stencil layers and collage paper cut to a face-like shape.
Now I just use my imagination and paint the faces fabulous colors remembering to use complementary colors to help make things POP! Don't layer your paint on too thick since you want the underlayer texture created by the stencils to still peek through.
I also add a layer of paint to the backgrounds in some places to make things interesting.
Final steps happen when all the paint is dry. I take my extra-fine black paint pen and trace over my drawing lines again. This smooths the edges of the features and lends it a finished look. I also take my 9xxb drawing pencil to create value and texture.
I'm in love! We'll see how many faces I create with this style/technique before I change it up. I already have plans to make even more of my own collage papers.
I don’t know about you, but I am a paper addict. I love to paint my own paper, print on paper, and make rubbings on paper. I use this paper in my art journal, on handmade cards, or in various mixed media collages.
Today I would like to share a fun technique that may help you reuse some of your favorite catalogs. One of my favorite catalogs is by Paper Source. (If you’ve never been to Paper Source, you’re missing out!) The paper in their catalog is a nice weight, and it is not glossy.
Loosely apply gesso on both sides (to prevent curling) of a page torn from a catalog. Let dry completely.
Gather your supplies:
Place a stencil underneath your catalog page.
Use an oil pastel to create a texture rubbing. The Crayola Oil Pastels are great because they are inexpensive, and they are a larger size.
Apply Dye-Na-Flow with a paintbrush.
(I chose to paint loosely on only parts of the page.)
TIP: The oil pastel does get on your brush a bit, so be prepared to rinse it out before dipping back into your liquid color jar.
Another couple of reasons to use the Crayola Oil Pastels set of 28:
They are nontoxic.
The colors are great, and included are gold and silver!
I hope you enjoyed this mixed media tutorial on creating your own collage papers. Have tons of fun!
Blessings and Peace,
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com
I am so happy that you are here reading this blog post. Something that I feel passionate about is staying interested, curious, and present with my creative process. For me, this looks like trying new techniques and playing with new supplies.
For today’s post, I will be using the following SUPPLIES:
I am working on an easel where I’ve set a drawing board.
I clipped the Star and Cross stencil to the drawing board.
Next, I pulled out a few colors of Dylusions Spray Inks. Caution: Sometimes the nozzle gets clogged and the spray goes where you don’t intend it to go! My solution to this problem is to expect that as a possibility and remove things I don’t want to get sprayed.
Using a water-soluble graphite stick by Pacific Arc, I scribbled inside the stencil. This felt very satisfying to do.
Now, I am ready to remove the stencil and add more layers of graphite marks and watercolor paint.
I’d like to say something here about items you may deem as “precious” or “too ‘cool’ to use.” I have experienced this feeling many times. Now, I am getting to the point where I think, “Why not use it? There’s always more cool stuff to discover.” How do you feel about using your “special” items? I am curious to know how others process this dilemma.
So, I just kept playing with the graphite stick and watercolor paint. I rotated my paper. I stood far away, and got close up.
Pictured below is where I decided to stop. As a mixed media artist, I often end up tearing my painted papers to use in collage. I am not sure the fate of this one. For now, I like it whole.
I hope this post inspires you to use some of your “precious” items.
May you explore with some new art supplies, so the creative process feels fun and exciting. May you stay curious and interested, as you play.
Blessings to you,
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com