I have found myself going in a different direction with my daily collages. This new direction was influenced by the work of Fred Otnes, whom I recently discovered as I was looking through Collage Techniques, a book by Gerald Brommer. Otnes works a lot on a fabric background, which I really liked. I simply went through my collection of fabrics and pulled out some neutral-colored ones to begin with. Luckily, I have a lot of fabrics from which to choose from. I simply used some acrylic matte medium to adhere the fabric to a board and progressed from there.
“Rascal”, 5-27-12, 6″ x 6″, found papers on linen mounted on board
I started with an image of Rascal, our 19 year old gentlemanly cat. This one is very simple, which reflects the beginning of my new journey into collaging.
“Lilly”, 5-28-12, 6″ x 6″, found papers on fabric mounted on board
This next collage demonstrates the progression I was taking in that there is a greater variety of papers overlapping one another. I also decided to keep the frayed edges of the fabric rather than trimming them off as I did in the collage of Rascal. I am beginning to realize that I need to make my images a bit larger so that there isn’t so much negative space.
“Dog”, 5-29-12, 6″ x 6″, found papers and objects with acrylic paint on linen mounted on board with a plastic overlay
The third collage I just made this morning. I did a number of things differently from the 2 previous collages. First, I used my palette knife to spread some white acrylic paint on the fabric after it was mounted on the board. Aside from using found papers, I also incorporated a plastic element from a wine bottle. In my collection of ephemera I have some old Kodak color printing filters, it was one of these that I attached with grommets over the surface of the collage. I am liking the direction that my collages are going.
I also spent a few days working on a collage that was a bit bigger than my daily 6″ square ones.
“Rascal”, 5-29-12, 10″ x 15″, acrylic, graphite pencil and found papers on linen mounted on board
This is another image of Rascal, this one with his down, which is more representative of how he really is. With this collage, once the linen was mounted on the board, I came in with my palette knife and spread some white acrylic paint across the center of the support. Because Rascal is an orange and white cat, I search through my found papers for ones that were more like his coloring. What I found to use had quite a bit of writing on them, which I liked. Once I had Rascal in place, I realized that he didn’t fill the canvas as well as I would have liked, so I added a few extra features, including lines drawn with graphite pencil. It helped the overall composition, but again, I need to work larger.