Thursday, February 19, 2015

Collage #43

I'm continuing to push myself outside my comfort zone when making collages. Collage #43 is a true testament to that statement. I'm still on the fence if I like it or not.

Once again I started by adhering distressed bleeding tissue paper to my small journal. I used matte medium and you can tell by the cloudy effect at the bottom left side. 

I pulled out leftover peach paper that I used on Collage #42 and placed it in the lower right side. At this point, I decided to let the collage sit for a few days while I plot out my next step. 

When I came back to this collage, the peach paper was glaring at me. I took out my green and white paint and loosely brushed over the peach paper and white area. The peach paper is still visible but it's not as strong.

At this point, I thought to just go for it and just layer on top various papers. The dark horizontal paper is distressed bleeding tissue paper in navy. It didn't photograph well. Added a narrow strip of peach paper, 3 circles of pale yellow paper and 3 upside down "T"s from a book. 

This collage may not be my favorite but I don't think it's a misstep. I learned a lot when making it. 

1. Going forward I will limit my use of matte medium so the collages don't look cloudy in color.

2. Rethink how I use paint. White acrylic paint adds to the cloudiness caused by matte medium.

3. Cautiously use distressed bleeding tissue paper that looks organic with non-organic papers such as solid color paper.

4. Next time avoid using straight edge paper cuts.


  1. I like this one, Mia. It has the quality of an illustration to it. Thanks for sharing your reflective thought processes on how you accomplished this work.

  2. I'm glad you like this one, Linda. It's definitely a different style. It's fun working on a small scale.