Saturday, October 4, 2014

More muted collage

There's definitely a similarity of tone to last weekend's collages.  I was working on "pushing back" different layers, and partially obscuring others, so most of the pieces have a hazy muted kind of look to them.  It's a departure from my usual color frenzy and it was fun to explore.

(Terrie, you were asking about how effective the polymer medium/tack iron technique was with deli papers:  both the aqua dots above and the yellow rays below were bits of painted deli paper.)


Thanks to Leslie for the vintage ephemera in this one:

 The scan of this one didn't really pick up on the blue-ish nature of the the papers and paint. 


This next one was done a piece of corrugated cardboard.  The tack iron process didn't work as well on this surface.  It didn't provide as firm a surface for ironing, and the pieces didn't stick as well as first.  I had to apply more pressure with the iron, which then compressed the cardboard a bit and emphasized the ridges.  (You can see the faint horizontal lines running throughout that no amount of paint can cover) Perhaps it wouldn't have mattered so much if collage papers had complete covered the base.

This next one kind of got away from me.  I finally just had to stop.

This is the only piece in the bunch without any paint on top.
Guess I was just in a neutral kind of mood.

14 comments:

  1. The work is lovely Karen. The only thing I dislike about the tacking iron method is that if you leave your treated papers stacked for too long without first placing wax paper between them, they all turn into one huge stuck together mess. I have found it nearly impossible to get them unstuck without tearing. And the small left over pieces are a real big mess. I finally gave up on that method....

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  2. These are all very cool. I especially like the 3rd one up from the bottom. Something about all those bits of paper dividing up the quadrants. The one above it's neat too. Actually I guess I like them all. Good job!

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  3. Karen, these are beautiful...I love the muted colors even tho it is a change from your usual bright colors.

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  4. Lovely pieces. I'm just coming to grips with the tacking process.

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  5. Leslie and I must have similar taste! :D Love them all, but especially the 3rd and 2nd from the bottom, despite your thinking it got away from you!

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  6. Wow Karen, I really love these. Apparently I must like more muted colors, because they really struck me. Especially the top two and the one you did on cardboard. I actually really like the lines in it.

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  7. wonderful compositions. Its fun to see the variety. It must have been a fascinating study to break out of your usual color scheme

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  8. Karen
    Your work is beautiful. I was so inspired while visiting your blog today. I'm looking forward to coming back for more.

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  9. YUM!! Are you working on a tutorial about altered books art journal swaps? (Just hoping!)

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