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Adding more detail to my new collage painting
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Fine art collage artist is adding some additional pieces to a new contemporary collage painting

Now I am “brave” enough to tackle the whole collage painting, so I begin to add paper to the right side. The same kind of tactics I used on the left side, I now use on the right side.

At the top of the collage painting above the door, I add thin strips of black paper to outline part of the storefront. I used this method as I created my new contemporary collage painting because it helps to ground the building so the eye does not escape past those black lines. As a fine art collage artist it is important to lead the viewer along the lines that tell the painting’s story.

More paper continues to be added to the flowers in the sidewalk flower pots. Green leaves and twigs are added.

After I have completed adding more paper to the collage painting, I add white paint to some parts of painting. Creating new collage paintings is always a back-and-forth process between different mediums. I learned this through studying underneath talented, famous fine art collage artists.
The flower pots get more defined flowers by the addition of white outlines of flowers and leaves. The door is painted white in some areas. The two right hand reflections receive a touch of white.

I also add grey paint to the white paper on the sidewalk. I like that it has been hidden because it attracted too much attention. Now there is just a hint of the texture which does not pull the eye there. Black paint is added to the shadow side of the lamp post.

More textured paper is added to the window in the door to make it look like it might be a screened door.

The biggest thing which is added in this step is the name of the gallery to which this door belongs. Two signs are made - one saying “Reflections” for the top of the door and another one saying, “Gallery” for the area just below the screen/window of the door. To make these signs, I printed on solid xerox paper the words for the signs. Then I placed sewing pattern tissue paper over top of the words. I traced the letters onto the tissue paper using a thin blue magic marker. Then I glued the letters with the tissue to the door.

More paper is added here and there until I am beginning to feel like I am nearing completion.

Adding collage paper to my newest contemporary collage painting
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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.

Collage painting with colors by fine art collage artists
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Fine art collage artist turns to color woes in contemporary collage painting

Many fine art collage artists use the element of color as attraction for viewer eyes. When I use color I use it for many reasons, and this is definitely one of them. That being said it can also prove to be very challenging to work with. When you’re working with different shapes, colors, and materials, deciding which attributes compliment each other requires skill and most importantly patience.

As I work through this process I add more yellow, yellow-green and a speck of white to my circle area on the collage painting.  Some greens begin to appear in various areas and I add several yellow dots under the title words.

I am searching, searching, searching for a color which will transform the entire collage painting from one of gaudy vibrancies into a more subdued color arrangement. I admit, as a fine art collage artist who has created pieces before - I am struggling because I am not sure which direction to turn or what color to try.  

Finally I add a medium turquoise wash over much of the background and over the horizontal bar extending to the left and right edges.

Famous collage artists have taught me that not all colors have to be present in the collage painting for them to be noticed. I add light and medium blues to the inner circle still maintaining the view of the title words across the top.  Much of the yellow has been covered including small dots of yellow. Also, the tone of the red-orange has been made more subtle.

It seems like every step provokes an obstacle.  Sometimes I feel like I am taking a stab in the dark.  I am apt to try anything, any color at this point.

Until next time!

The Beginning of a Collage Artists creation
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In creating a new collage artwork I always like to visualize the layering of the mixed media materials before I place them on canvas. Painting in contemporary collage art allows me to utilize my creativity and spontaneity from conception to execution.

A simple value study is created with compressed charcoal, charcoal pencil and white charcoal pencil.  I like the lines and shapes and think it is simple enough to be a good candidate for an interesting contemporary collage painting. I decide arbitrarily to make this painting 24” x 36”.

After i have decided on the basic format of my new mixed media collage painting I begin to draw out the primary sketch on canvas. Flowing and easy-going lines and shapes are achieved in this step. I want these elements to be free and easy to look at and not stand out in an unusual way.

There is some overlapping of shapes and there are 3 stacks (or layers) in this particular painting. The 3 stacks look very much like highways stacked one upon the other. In real life, some highways can sport 5 stacks, but that is about the limit on the number of layers in a highway system. Three stacks is probably the limit in what I can successfully do in a painting. I want my painting, to have simple, yet bold shapes without being too intricate. I think this drawing will achieve this.

As the lines and shapes begin to take rudimentary shape on the canvas I get excited about the new contemporary collage artwork that I am creating. Fine art collage requires a step-by-step process of creation and I am thrilled to begin this process once again!

Merging Heart and Soul - Collage artists' painting inspirations
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Using mixed media materials to create my collage art allows me to express feelings and how I seek to interact artwork with greater ideas of our existence.

Collage artists have the unique opportunity to use various materials to create their vision and statement on canvas. I limit myself to a handful of items that I like to incorporate into each mixed media collage. These include but are not limited to string, acrylic paint, twine, and paper.

“Merging Heart and Soul” is a blend of blue hearts and one pink heart amongst the blue spiral representing our soul.  The hearts appear to be drawn in by the soul because that is where they need to be. The heart and soul need to be together as one.  Why? It is the same as trying to separate the body from the mind. It can not be done. This painting gives permission for the heart and soul to combine.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind my collage art piece!

All finished - Shortcut to the Party

A collage artists journey to creating a new artwork!

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The final steps of creating a collage painting is always interesting. As collage artists, this is when you place the finishing touches of mixed media materials. These tend to be the looser items that create the collage painting’s final texture and “feel”.

These can also be any mixed media materials that were left lying around the studio and were not used up during the earlier stages of the painting’s creation.

In this particular collage painting I wanted to add fringe to create a 2D/3D texture. To make the frilly fringe, a piece of kite string painted light purple is strung with strong, gold-colored thread. A crochet hook is used to loop the thread onto the purple string. The fringe is securely attached with gloss medium and varnish.  It is fun to swish this around with one’s hand, truly making this an interactive piece.

Another line of shorter fringe is added on the right side, by securely attaching it in the same manner as above. Short strands of orange string are scattered and glued down here and there.

Finally, a small party hat with diagonal, bright, yellow and blue stripes is attached to the surface. It is made with painted canvas and is trimmed at the bottom with a strip of blue painted canvas. This hat even has a small tassle on top.

It’s a Shortcut to the Party! This painting is ready to take you on a speedy shortcut to the party where confetti, fringe and hat create a festive mood. Have a party and please touch the fringe!

Collage Painting adds color and starts to take shape
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Once we have set our foundation to the collage painting I feel as if the mixed media art is beginning to form into its own unique work of art. It is at this time that my collage artists instinct kicks in and I decide what and how this collage painting will be colored.

Creating mixed media art with collage is more than simply adding mixed media materials to canvas and calling it a day. Collage artists have to envision how untraditional materials will interact with traditional materials such as paint and canvas.

In the next two steps of creating a mixed media collage I begin the process of adding my color scheme. An analogous color scheme is planned of blue, green and yellow.  A dark blue is first painted in the areas marked with xxx’s. I use these x’s to demarcate areas that will receive particular paints.

Next I add the contrasting colors to the collage painting by mixing cadmium yellow with sun gold to dilute the intensity of the yellow. It is then painted on some areas of the pathways.

With these two steps I have began the process of paining the collage and creating a collage painting!

Collage Artist discusses next steps in my new painting
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The key to creating a collage piece is layering different textures to create a flowing movement. Creating collage art in the mixed media format is fun because I get to use different materials to create my collage artworks.

STEP #3   Close-up

This is a close-up of the burlap. When first applying burlap I am aware that the viewer has to find purpose in all the collage art pieces I have placed. The small pieces of burlap are glued to the path with gloss medium and varnish and the two spaces between the burlap are the deep tracks made by a car driving through damp soil. The car leaves tracks in the mud as it tries to make its way to the party event.

STEP #4  Other Textures Collaged

Other textures are added to several more pathways for the art viewer to follow. A white gel medium is added to one path with a palette knife. Then it is spread with a piece of cardboard to leave peaks of gel all over the area.

Another path on the far right is covered with a bumpy, rubbery material often used under throw rugs to keep them in place.  This material is measured and cut to fit the path and the excess is glued to the sides of the canvas. More twine is glued in place.

So far I have just started my media media artwork. As a collage artists I can’t wait to continue placing new materials and advancing the artwork to showcase the journey, both figuratively and literally.

Mixed Media Artist Creations - Shortcut to the Party
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Well - I’m back at it again - creating mixed media collages from scrap, sometimes with scrap!

I love sharing my creative process as I feel it connects art collectors with the artwork itself. To see the mixed media artwork evolve and come into being enhances the understanding of how collage and art mix together.

Over the next few weeks I will share my creative process as I create my newest mixed media collage artwork - Shortcut To The Party. Enjoy!

Everyone wants to get to the party on time or even earlier if possible - not wanting to miss out on the fun. This painting takes one on a shortcut to the party where there are frills and flashy confetti and a party hat for those who dare to wear it. This mixed media painting allows participation in the party by encouraging one’s interaction with it.

STEP #1  Charcoal Drawing on Canvas

This first step is to show multiple pathways in and around the painting. I enjoy using multiple mixed media art materials to accomplish this and as I develop this collage painting these will come out in greater and greater numbers. One pathway may be a shortcut or perhaps all of the pathways can direct a party goer quickly.

As I start to lay out the patterns of my new collage painting, these paths are drawn with a charcoal pencil. The background areas are marked with triple xxx’s.

STEP #2   Collaging Begins

Now the fun starts as I being using mixed media materials to lay down the foundations of my new collage. The first pathway is completed with pieces of burlap. It defines this road with tracks following the curve up and around.  Twine is also placed parallel to another path.

That’s it for now! Be sure to follow my social media and check back in with my blog to see how this new mixed media collage painting evolves!