Yesterday I asked you which of the weekend collages was your favorite.
So many of you commented that you liked this one best:
It's one of my favorites, too, but it didn't start out that way.
This is a lesson in not giving up on things you think are ugly.
I started the postcard series with four larger collages and the plan to cut them up:
Of the four, the orange was my least favorite.
I thought I was going to love the lower left after I cut it because it has those awesome colored circles and a really cool bit of textured silvery paper.
But it just wasn't working.
I slapped down an image from an old book to act as a better focal point, and then hated it so much I tried to peel it off. It left a whole lot of papery residue behind and the card was even worse. I cut the tulip image out of a napkin, to be the replacement focal point but it was weird and didn't feel integrated. I smudged the edges of the card with a dark brown ink pad to give it a border, and I kind of liked the way the dark color highlighted some of the texture, but the overall look of the whole card was still odd.
Grasping at straws, I took my favorite circle stencil and blotted on some gesso. I had intended to add some kind of color on top of the gesso, but once it dried, I ended up liking it just the way it was. All it needed was a touch-up of the brown ink around the edges and suddenly this card that almost ended up in the trash became a favorite.
Gesso can fix anything.