Adding collage paper to my newest contemporary collage painting
Collage painting has many elements to it. Applying different mix media materials at different times can create completely new collage paintings. Being a fine art collage artist I love playing with this layering process in my contemporary collage painting.
I use all sorts of textured papers. I have fun glueing pieces of paper very randomly and quickly to the canvas. I follow somewhat the architectural lines, but at times I overlap my paper across two different areas. Sometimes I feel like I am “painting” with paper. I apply it like I have a paint-loaded brush that I quickly sweep on the color with great abandon. I apply glue to the canvas, quickly attach the paper, and then apply glue on top.
My favorite papers are becoming the tissue paper from sewing patterns which has a light yellowish cast to it. I also like purple tissue paper which creates a very dark tone to the canvas when applied with the gloss medium and varnish. It makes a nice shadow area.
I add papers to the flowers. Some of it is yellow paper with holes punched in it. I also add red and purple tissue paper.
One of the most significant additions to the collage painting canvas in this step is the addition of gold foil paper. Hinges on the door, plus the flowers see the addition of gold foil. It adds a touch of sparkle. In addition, silver foil is added to the lamp post where the highlights will be on the base of it.
I find some pink paper which is a different tone than the pink underpainting. I use that around the door frame in order to call attention to that area.
More paper is added all over the left side of the collage painting. The reason I am not yet working on the right side is that there is so much going on the left side, I would feel overwhelmed if I tried to work on the entire painting. I will leave the right side for another work session.
I apply a textured white square paper to the sidewalk. In a later step I will cover that over because I feel that it attracts too much attention.
One thing which I decide at this point is the creation of some resting points for the eye. I generally leave most of the sidewalk plain without collage paper. Also the windows where the dark blue has been painted will receive very little paper.t6f I feel that it is a good thing to have some places to rest. Otherwise the whole painting would become so busy that it would be difficult to look at it for any length of time.