Featuring Women

Both of these collages feature women whose images I found in my collection of 1959 Newsweek magazines.

9-1-12, “A Girl’s Best Friend”, 6″x6″, mixed media on board

9-2-12, “Who Me?”, 6″x6″, mixed media on paper

I am really enjoying the long weekend. It is nice to be able to wake up gradually and sit down to making a daily collage. Yesterday I did get up early (3am) to go dove hunting with my family, something I haven’t done in over 15 years. It is always wonderful to spend one-on-one time with my parents. So far it has been a creative weekend, with most of my creativity focused on making teacher samples for school projects, something I enjoy doing. I am putting together creative folders (I am painting the covers) to hold different units that I taught following field trips to the Phoenix Art Museum. On September 12th, I am talking about these units at the Educator’s Night at the Museum. The units I am presenting are Nonobjective Art, Portrait Painting, and Trompe-L’oeil. I am nervous, but will have plenty of photos, lesson plans, and student examples to discuss and show to anyone who is interested! I will post how it goes!


The Social Future

Today’s collage. That much is done, the house is clean, now it is time to start drawing a self-portrait on the first page of a new sketchbook.

8-18-12, “The Social Future”, 6″x6″, mixed media on board

Recent Collages

Not too long ago, I made an edition of drypoint prints. At the time, I also experimented with some chine colle which, by the way, I totally failed at. The image just didn’t print on the paper plus the chine colle didn’t exactly adhere to the base paper. I took this failure and cut it into 6″ squares to use for my collaging. The 3 collages you see here were all made from my chine colle failures.

“A Proposition for Women”, 7-10-12, 6″ x 6″, mixed media on paper

“After Hours”, 7-12-12, 6″ x 6″, mixed media on paper

“Spicy Nachos”, 7-30-12, 6″ x 6″, mixed media on paper

Found Paper Collages

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.