Monday, March 06, 2006

A Mixed Media Collage Using The Five Senses

Sand an unfinished piece of wood.
Apply a few layers of gesso.
While the gesso is still wet, stamp an image repeatedly over the entire piece.
Soak a torn piece of a music sheet in coffee. For quicker results, dampen a pinch of instant coffee grounds and rub over damp paper.
After gesso is dry, apply a layer of color.
Apply a second color, gently, focusing on the raised parts of the textured background. Use a paper towel to wipe off any excess paint.
Choose some collage elements -- the coffee-stained music sheet, fabric, a stamped word, and a faux flower.
Adhere with gel medium and voila!

Exploring creativity and the senses...
See... art supplies scattered before me, a view of outside -- leaves and twigs rustling on the ground, a closed studio door. Touch... the feel of paint on my fingers, the texture of the background. Smell... the mustiness of the vintage music sheet, the smell of the paint, the aroma of coffee. Hear... the rough sound of the sandpaper against the wood, the whirring noise of my heat gun as it helps quicken the drying time of the wet paper and paint, Cyndi blaring from the speakers. Taste... the coffee used to stain the vintage paper (I poured myself a separate cup to enjoy while I created my collage).


Blogger Lu said...

that is so pretty. you guys make this look so easy.

March 06, 2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger Life Aboard said...

That looks so nice!

March 06, 2006 2:42 PM  
Blogger firstborn studio said...


March 07, 2006 5:45 PM  
Blogger A COLLAGE A DAY said...

I like the steps that you showed.

March 28, 2006 4:40 PM  

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