Posts Tagged ‘collage’

Destruction construction: Creative freedom

I was asked to join an art journal link party by Ambika. The journal prompt for this week is “creative freedom”. I sat down to do my page and gave myself free reign to do absolutely anything that I came to my fancy. I decided to do whatever first came to my mind. Like adding whatever color struck me first. I did that until I came out with this:

Excuse the photograph. I didn’t intend to show it to anyone else.

Anyway, I wasn’t exactly pleased with where all this freedom was leading me. So I ended up kind of adding layers and by that process, deconstructing all that bright busy color until I  was happy. The finished page looks like this:

You can still see the green peeking out around the girl in the final product. As per usual, I painted her on hot press watercolor paper then pasted her into my journal.

Other then that the bright colors are gone. I added some modeling paste mixed with acrylic paint accents to emphasis the change in color schemes.

Finally, I added a quote from Pablo Picasso that reflected my mood. “Every act of creations is first an act of destruction.”

I’m glad I stuck with this page. At one point I was ready to give up but I worked through it and I’m glad I did. I’m happy with the results.




Even after all this time, I’m still in love with paint over collage.

I used a quote from Buddha that I’ve used before. It just seemed to resonate within me at the time. It still does with so many things up in the air.  I have so many projects going on I’m not sure which way is up. I needed a reminder to find the peace within me and from there peace will emanate outwards.

I had a good time adding the white acrylic aura to the portrait. It’s something new I tried. It seemed to be the right thing to do since I had added white to the quote.

After watching a Tim Holtz video, I layered some stencils in the background. He never ceases to inspire me.

I learned a lot doing this art journal spread and I had a great time doing it. I’m also really happy with the way it came out. I’ll be using some of these techniques again in the future for sure!


I was playing around with a painting. Some interesting new textures came out of it that the camera didn’t pick up.

The background has a kind of velvet sheen to in. It’s kind of interesting. I basically played with paints and my fingers. I also played with  a water bottle to keep the paints moist. It was fun, although you can’t really see the collage background anymore.

I added some scrapbook embellishments because they sparkle. They blend in a little better in reality.  It was a fun painting.

The acrylic adventure is just fun on the whole. I’m enjoying it. I bought a bunch of new acrylic paints to art journal with and to use on canvas. I hope to be able to use them this week. I need to recover from a fever first.



I need to rewind back a few paintings ago to the first collage painting I did.

I painted the face over multiple patches of paper so the area is a little bumpy.

I don’t really care for that part of the painting. I do like the way the paper shines through the hair.

I’ve also been using this new product called Inka Gold. It’s a really nice product that gives off a nice metallic shimmer. It’s a bit like shoe polish and it needs to be put on as the last layer as it doesn’t react well with wet media. It’s still a nice effect.

This painting is in my art journal because I was just experimenting.  Lately though, I’ve been doing my collage paintings on canvas as I’ve been gaining confidence in what I’ve been doing. Hopefully I’ll have more to show for what I’ve been doing a little later on.

I have other projects in the works going on. I have a painting on wood, a whimsical animal painting, and a geometrical circle painting on claybord going on. They’re all very much works in progress though. I’m not sure how any of them are going to turn out so they might never see the light of day. In the meantime I’m also producing more collage paintings as well.

Until next time, ciao!

Truth in the Distance

I’ve been experimenting with my own brand of acrylic painting of faces. I still use watercolor crayons only not in abundance like I used to. I’ve also been painting over collaged papers.

I try to get a large enough piece of collage paper for the face though. I don’t want any bumps or anything where her eyes  might be. It’s still hard to get all the air bubbles all out.

Then I collage the whole canvas in a patchwork fashion with patterned paper and book text. There are often spaces of canvas open but I like to think that adds to the charm of the piece. >.<

On the whole, I’m pleased with this piece. It’s not as easy as sketching the figure on paper then painting, but I think the results are worthwhile. The whole process is very addictive too.

I’ve been doing other things as well. I just haven’t had the motivation to take photos. I’m so lazy! I’ll try to remedy that malady this week.


First Canvas!

For the first time I worked on canvas.

It’s just a cheap canvas from Wal-Mart but it’s still a canvas. It’s not nearly as gessoed as a more expensive canvas would be, but in a way that made it easier to work with. The watercolors absorbed a lot better.

It was not without it’s challlenges. Blending was still a bit challenging as you can see there. Getting the edges crisp and clear was also rather challenging.

I originally wanted the butterfly to be gold, but the ink didn’t show up on the dark paper. The white doesn’t show up very well either. Live and learn.


There’s actually a small hole in the canvas. That’s where the idea of the collage came from, out of necessity. I think it worked out okay though.

I already have plans for my next little canvas and I bought a big canvas that’s better quality. I need to sketch out what I want to do more for the big canvas though.


Time Stands Still

An old painting posted now seems new. By old I mean I did this painting last December.

I did the background a little differently. Collaged some book pages. Brayered some white paint. Inked it up as well.

Hopefully it won’t be so long before I post again.