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Fine art collage is never complete!
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One of the amazing things about fine art collage painting is that additions and new features can be added whenever I see a need to enhance a collage painting. The flexibility that mixed media materials provide allows me, as a fine art collage artist, the freedom to add small edits or large reworks.

Something as simple as a trip to the hairdresser gave my collage painting “i’ll See” a ‘new do’! “I’ll See (aka Aisle C)” underwent changes during its development as an acrylic collage painting.

The original black and white study had details of grocery items lining the shelves on the left side of the drawing.  The remaining two figures were rather plain. (See Black and White Study).

As this work evolved, “Mom’s” purse changed from a sling-bak to a canvas purse slung over her right shoulder.  Patterns of color were added to the clothing of both figures using paint and paper. And a butterfly and flower were also added.  The only portion of this work which did not receive any attention was “Mom’s” hair.

This was brought to my attention by several art friends.  They pointed out that the hair pulled their eyes to it immediately.  And they did not consider this to be the focal point. (See 1st Version).

Something had to be done to incorporate her hair into the picture so that it did not stand out so much.  I decided to add thin string onto the brown hairstyle in order to give it the appearance of strands of hair.

This put her hair on the “same page” as all other items in the picture.  All things had either collage treatment or interesting patterns and textures painted with acrylics.  The strands of string (hair) are quite subtle. It’s a nice touch to an otherwise boring hairdo. (See 2nd Version)

“I’ll See” is an amalgam of many collage painting colors and textures.  This is precisely the feeling I desire from the viewer, A grocery store is a lot of colorful and textured products screaming for the shopper’s attention.  The little boy in the painting wants something of this and something of that. “I’ll See!”, says “Mom”.

Finishing my new fine art collage painting
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Fine art collage final touches. Creating harmony between paint and mixed media collage materials.

The final step of creating my new fine art collage artwork is harmonizing the paint and collage to tell the story I want my painting to tell. In my last step, I add splashes and lines of paint on the rocks to define them more.

I change the color of the bike frame from violet to purple, a color of violet which has more red in it.  This color stands out more against the rocks and creates the contrast that I like to add to my figurative fine art collage..

I add curved pieces of white paper to the inside of the tire on the left sides.  It makes the tires look more three-dimensional

I add purple to the rock shadows.  This is the same purple used for the bike frame.  It helps to pull the painting together by having multiple areas share the same color.

Finally, I add soft gauze material and gold sparkly tissue paper to the sky so that it has mixed media collage material incorporated into it.

I think I’m finished! This was a fun action sequence figurative fine art collage. Hope you enjoyed!

Finding Collage Materials for my fine art collage painting
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This step is one of my favorites in my artistic process of creating fine art collage paintings.  I love searching for textures and colors that I can use to enhance my painting. This is what fine art collage painting is all about - digging into my collage box and surprising myself with mixed media materials that can be repurposed into a cohesive collage.  I hope to continue improving my painting. I need to be careful not to go overboard; not to smother the painting with mixed media collage material, but to find a happy middle ground where paint and collage can exist in harmony.

I find a lot of paper and fabric that I can utilize.  In about 2 hours I glue down a considerable amount. I do some additional painting by adding highlights to the bike.  Also, by using spots of black paint on the edges of the tires, I add tread so it will look like a mountain bike.

I add yellow tissue paper and small bits of red and orange paper.

I add a textured backpack to the rider.  I think it makes him look like he’s in a race.  Finally I add black racing goggles with a shiny green lens.

I feel like I am almost finished!

Adding paint to my new fine art collage painting
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Paint inside the lines! Sounds familiar? This step reminds me of when I was a child coloring in coloring books and trying so hard to stay in the lines.  I stayed within the lines then and I do now!

For the next step in my new figurative fine art collage painting I add color to areas between the lines that I have drawn on canvas. Fine art collage artists all have different methods of painting their collage artwork.  For me, on some collage paintings, paint comes before mixed media materials. 

I follow my green outlines and paint in each area.  Most of the areas are flat shapes and do not show any highlighting or shading.

The way the sky is painted is the only exception to this.  Here I use a light greyish purple and almost a white tint of this color.  I paint in fluffy clouds and give the sky dimension. Some of the blue underpainting remains to be seen.

All fine art collage artists have differing studios and workplaces.  As I write about my creative process in painting new fine art collage paintings I realized that I have never mentioned how my workplace looks! Well here is it!

I work with the panel flat on a plastic covered table.  I sit up high so I can view my fine art collage painting with a bird’s eye view.  Doing this helps the painting process as it creates better perspective and less foreshortening than if I were in a regular chair pulled up to the table

I also am showing my palette of red rock colors.  I like to mix my own brown paint. I use equal amounts of pyrrole red, permanent green light and indian yellow.  These three paint colors can be seen in the middle of the plate (my palette). I take some of this mixture and add orange to it.  I create its tint by adding white. I also make another pile of my original brown mixture and add cadmium red to it. I create its tint in the same way - by adding white.  Finally I add some white to my original brow mixture to make its tint.  

My resulting palette has 3 different kinds of red rock colors with a range of each kind of color - from the hue itself, all the way up to a very light, almost white version of it.

I hope you are enjoying the process of my new figurative fine art collage painting. See you next week!

A new figurative fine art collage painting
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This figurative fine art collage painting began with a photo by Will Curry of Chili Pepper Bikes in Moab, Utah, of a daredevil mountain biker leaping over rocks.  This trail could very easily be a trail known as The Whole Enchilada. It begins in the mountains and leads the biker on a treacherous ride down to the Colorado River.  If you do the Whole Enchilada, well, then, you are really something!

As I was thinking of the Mexican dish of enchiladas, I also thought of tamales.  And so somehow, I decided to call the future figurative fine art collage painting of this biker, The Whole Tamale.  This imaginary trail called The Whole Tamale will be filled with mixed media collage materials which will accentuate the features of the basic fine art collage painting.

Before I begin the process of placing mixed media collage materials on canvas, I create a black and white study on grey toned paper.  I want to give the idea of the biker flying through the air (which is what he is doing). In my study I am careful not to “ground” him on the rocks.  I avoid creating any shadows of the biker on the rocks to give the impression that he is truly up in the air.

Next I paint the line drawing of my new figurative fine art collage painting. 

“A simple line painted with a brush can lead to freedom and happiness.”

  • Joan Miro

I am using a 16” x 16” (2”) deep gessobord.  I have put down a cobalt blue underpainting. After that dries I carefully transfer the black and white study to my wood panel with painted lines.  The process is a lengthy one. It takes me approximately 5 hours to measure; multiply my measurements with the predetermined multiplier; and then measure my lines on the painted panel.  I use a mixture of turquoise and phthalocyanine blue for my lines.

I decide, when I begin the transfer process, to distort the roundness of the bike wheels.  So I make them oval and slant them in the direction in which the biker is traveling. This makes me feel like there is action and momentum.  The biker really seems like he is flying through the air.

Fine art collage artist finishes new contempoary collage painting
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Contemporary abstract collage painting receives final touches. I love being a fine art collage art.

Contemporary collage painting has its ups and downs. As this new collage painting is taking shape I wonder whether the t-shirt and shorts of the painting’s figure is getting the proper attention. Fine art collage artists experiment as they go along and routinely add new paint and mixed media materials as new paintings grow.When the subject happen to be abstract collage this process can take unintended, but fun directions.

Growth is an interesting topic to discuss in contemporary abstract collage. Each painting I embark on grows as a flower - unexpected directions, shapes, and more, while at the same time they all maintain subject awareness and point in the direct I want to take it as a fine art collage artist. Abstract collage takes on a life of its own as the mixed media materials are placed on the collage canvas.

I decide to freshen up the body of the T-shirt on the figure and so I repaint the stripes with yellow and orange just like I did to the arms previously. I like the effect. I am devastated by the legs. Nothing I do seems to help. It is almost like everything I try leads to very bad vibes and results. So, I paint the legs again with gold paint. Something has to work. I add shiny orange foil paper to the edges on her shorts. Now her outfit is complete.

With yellowish tan paint, I add bricks to the wall on the right and left side of the window and also above the window.

I am super starting to like this painting. But what to do with legs????

Fine art collage artists have to think on their feet, especially if a new collage painting is giving you creative troubles. I add go-go boots to her legs. They come up to her knees. It’s a good idea but not executed well. What to do? The glue has dried and now the boots are stuck. They seem too big and there is only a very little separation between the two. Now what do I do?

I add tassels to the boots! A brilliant idea. Then I separate the boots by painting a dark blue and brown strip between the boots. I also add paint to the outside edges in order to trim down the width of the boots. I paint the boots with white gesso. I have a hard time doing this because it seems like the paint absorbs very well into the paper I used for the boots. It becomes a real problem, but now that I have started to paint, I need to finish.

I paint the tassels and little designs on the front of the boots with a light yellow. Then for the final note on this collage paintings clothing, I dab more yellow paint for the light coming out of the sconces.  

The way I see it, this young girl needs shades - pink ones. I draw the outline of the frames with pencil and then using pink paint, I create the frames. I measure for the lenses and cut those out of shimmering paper and attach with gloss medium and varnish.

Now this girl can see the way I see it. She is complete. I hope you enjoyed the creative process of this new contemporary collage painting. As a fine art collage artist it seems as if each new painting’s completion completes a journey of my conscious!

Collage paper added to new contemporary collage painting
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Contemporary collage painting has paper added to it! by a fine art collage artist

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This contemporary collage painting is getting more collage paper added to it. In the next 2 steps I add collage paper to the new collage painting. Some of the process is a calculated while other is a fine art collage artist having a great time! In this collage art blog I go over my process of adding paper - the why, where, and what!

I start having a free-for-all with the collage paper on the collage painting. I add it everywhere. In particular, the sconces have paper added on top of the purple paint. Now that I have all the purple “erased” I feel better. I add decorations to those sconces to really make them more interesting. Specifically, I add lined paper to the body of the sconce, then add silver foil to the top. Finally I add a large black circle which I place on the body of the sconce. This certainly gets rid of the purple, but I wonder if it is too distracting for the rest of the collage painting. I decide to hold off on judgment until more is done elsewhere.                 

Large sections of tissue paper are added at the bottom and top of painting.  Many small details here and there are added so that the piece is becoming more complex. I add silver roses to the right of the table. Also there is some squared paper which I add to the walls on both sides of the window. Finally the bananas get stripes up and down each part of it, not only on the one laying on the table but also the two in the bowl. I also add silvery designs to the table top itself.

I continue to work all over the contemporary collage painting, adding bits and pieces of paper. As a fine art collage artist it is important to balance the paper and colors in order to tell the story of the mixed media collage painting. I decide to add an apple to the left side of the table using red tissue paper. The mostly eaten apple on the right gets a twisted piece of paper added to it in order to make it look more 3-D. 

Another layer of netting is added to those dog-gone legs. Now they have ripples that look like there are big bunches of stuff underneath the netting.  How awful. What am I going to do? I put this issue aside for awhile.

I find some birds on a piece of collage paper, cut them out individually and  add to the trees.

I also add texture paper to different areas on the wall. I also add some silvery paper to a place where later on people will exclaim that they see a cat. Can you find this place? I had to have it pointed out to me, but the minute I saw it then I see it every time I look at the painting.

The last thing I do in this step is to darken the value on the stripes in the arms, only, on the girl’s shirt. I wanted to see if it was too strong for the piece or not. I think I like the colors being darkened a bit. What do you think?

I am starting to like what I see.

Collage painting gets the finer points
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Collage paper is added to a collage painting

As my collage painting comes to life I add some finer points to make the collage painting whole. As a fine art collage artist, these finer points can seem like they never end! However it is important to see this through in order to fill the gaps and bring all areas of the canvas to life.

I add collage paper in vertical strips to the right hand side of the collage painting. I use three different colors and textures. I also add decorations to the side of the table with small round disks; the bowl is covered with a silvery/gold paper; and her legs are padded with paper towels and covered with some netting. Net effect of the latter effort is the legs still look awful  But not to worry. A solution will be discovered.

I decide to use colored shiny paper in the trim around her neckline on the shirt and also around her wrists. I have made the decision to use shiny paper in at least two or three places in each of my figure collage paintings.

The purple sconces still remain and are becoming a problem/eyesore for me. I am not sure what to do with them. Questions remain about color and texture.

Finally in this step, I find large gold leaves on a piece of collage paper. I carefully cut them out and then apply them to the two trees in the window.  Even though the leaves are really, really too large for the tree, I like the accent they bring to it.

I am very happy with the results. Collage painting is always a series of experiments and so far this is turning out successfully!

New contemporary collage painting taking shape
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Contemporary collage painting takes shape

For the next steps of my contemporary collage painting I complete most of my drawing and start adding colors. Fine art collage artists relish this transition period where concept meets sketch and sketch meets color. Whenever I create a contemporary collage painting my excitement build during this stage. This is where I discover my new collage!

I continue measuring the rise and the run and plotting points until I am finished. I am pleased with how it is laid out on the canvas. The one issue I see, though, is how close the left sconce is to the side edge of the canvas.  It appears to be crowded next to the window opening and creates some tension. I plan to address that issue in the next step.

I like the empty space above the window and to the right of the girl. This will give me some room to either play up the collage work or to use this space for a resting spot for the eyes.

I “clean up” the drawing by using the underpainting color, pink, to cover over errant blue marks. It all seems to work well for me.

To correct the problem I mentioned in the last step, I move the left side of the window to the right about 4 - 5 inches. This gives the left sconce more room to exist without looking like it is being squeezed by the window.  There is still less space for the sconce on the left side than there is for the sconce on the right side. I like the unevenness of these spaces. It adds some interest.

I decide to test how the colors will look against the pink underpainting. I paint in the stripes of bright yellow and bright orangish red on the girl’s sweater top. Wow!

I can see how intense the orange and yellow really are. Do I like how the stripes are working out? I am wondering about this. These two colors seem very glaring on the pink underpainting. I think these colors would look too bright on any underpainting.

Once I have added some color to test how the foreground colors react to the background color I am ready to move onto the next step of “illuminating” my collage painting.

Contemporary collage artist creates a new figurative collage
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Fine Art Collage artist creates a figurative contemporary collage painting!

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Since becoming an artist I have created many figurative artworks. I am very excited that this current figurative artwork will be my first figurative contemporary collage painting. I am looking forward to creating a new fine art collage using contemporary art styles to depict a traditional artistic style.

This black and white study on greyed tone paper is done with charcoal, charcoal pencil, and white charcoal pencil. I imagine and then use parts of me in reality to pose for this girl sitting at a table looking forlornly at a mostly eaten apple and completely devoured banana.  

I have decided not to put a face on this figure because this way, more people can identify with her. I will be painting her face, later on, with gold paint.

I enjoy slanting and skewing some of the elements in this study. The table is awkwardly oval with curved sides. The bowl of fruit is irregular in a nice way. The figure is slanted and skewed in one direction. The window and sconces on either side of the window are crooked. Even the light emanating from the lit sconces is wavy and inexact.   

This canvas, 36” x 24”, is partially covered with sawdust planned for another painting which never materialized. I coat the canvas with a pink underpainting and am ready to go with my drawing.

I start at the bottom of the page and work upward. I am drawing with a paintbrush with medium valued blue paint. I am not using a pencil or any dry marking tool. Instead I draw with a brush by picking a point on my drawing and then determining the rise and run of this point. I can draw from point to point by measuring this way. It takes a long time to utilize this method. Interruptions are a bad thing at this point. What is the rise of a point? It is a measurement in inches of how high above the bottom of the paper the point is. A run is a measurement in inches of how far across (horizontally) the point is from either side.

Drawing the legs of the girl and the legs of the table and chair, became a challenge, but I feel I accomplished what I set out to do. I see the remainder of the drawing to be easier than this bottom part.  

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
Step #1 Making of Shortcut to the Party (SP).jpg
Step #2 SP.jpg

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!