Just finished this set of three collage paintings featuring orange dictionary paper flowers on a green collaged background.
Here’s how I made them:
- Alcohol Ink, pad or paper towels, Blending Solution
- Water spritzer
- Acrylic paints
- Crackle medium
- Brown permanent marker
- Gel or matte medium
- Wooden precut shapes
- Collage paper, newsprint, or old books or papers
- Cutting tool
- Cutting pad
- Sisal or jute twine
- Matte varnish
- Step 1: Prepare Your Canvas Background
Paint and decorate your canvas to your liking. Use found papers, ephemera, texture tools, embellishments, etc. I distress mine using layers and layers of watered down paint and crackle medium.
Let the canvas dry.
- Step 2: Plan the Design
Lay out your wood pieces on your canvas in a pleasing pattern.
Pay attention to the elements of design to create a good composition.
- Step 3: Cut Out Paper, Glue, Apply Ink
Take the wood pieces and glue them to your collage paper with matte medium. Let dry. Cut out shapes with a cutting tool.
- Step 4: Color the Wood Pieces
Place them on scrap paper or a protected surface, collage paper side up. Spritz thoroughly with water. Apply drops of alcohol ink. I used three colors for my flower petals: Ginger, Butterscotch, and Caramel. Squeeze a few drops of Alcohol Blending Solution onto each wood shape. Take your blending pad or a small wad of paper towels and blot and wipe until the colors are mixed to your satisfaction. Don’t forget the edges. Let dry. Touch up edges with a paint pen or permanent marker in a dark color if necessary. I like to go over my edges with a brown permanent marker to add dimension.
- Step 5: Apply the Elements
Adhere the wood shapes to the canvas using gel or matte medium. Cut sisal twine to fit and glue it on using gel medium. Allow to dry. Seal with two coats of matte varnish. Attach hook to back, hang, and enjoy!