Before and After – Mixed Media Collage

This is a mixed media collage that I believe I completed in 2011 (I need to start recording dates on the paintings!).  I took a photograph of the piece just after I had completed the collage portion.  As you can see from the finished painting, to integrate all the pieces to my satisfaction and get the color right, I had to paint (with acrylic) over a good deal of the collage at the upper half.  That was fine with me.  What I like about this painting most is the variety of papers that are visible in the lower portion (where the detail would be in a more realistic work).  I used bits from magazine pages for this one, and it is one of the first few paintings that I made using this technique.  The resource photo I used was one I took of the Oregon coast.  The painting is on 16 x 20 inch stretched canvas.  When I took the photo of the in-process version the light was not as bright outside.  The magazine bits are all somewhat lighter than in that photo.  The completed painting shows the truer colors.

Mixed Media, Collage with Acrylic, 16x20

Experimental mixed media collage #1

mixed media collage 11 x 15 on paper
Whirl, mixed media collage, 11 x 15

This is a collage mixed media piece, 11 x 15 inches, that I finished a couple months ago.  I began by affixing torn pieces of magazine pages (using acrylic gel medium as glue) to 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper. (Gloss gel or mat gel, I forget.)  I had already altered the bits of magazine paper by laying them over textures and lightly rubbing sandpaper over the magazine paper.  I did not have an overall design in mind and let the work evolve.   I studied the look of the bits I had laid down, then  I began to integrate the pieces, repeating patterns and connecting sections with acrylic paints.  I added a few more collage pieces when I felt those were needed.  In places, I obscured the existing patterns of the magazine paper for the sake of creating repetition and an overall movement of color and line that satisfied me.

If you like to try out new methods of beginning an art piece, you might want to give this a go.