Mixed Media Collage, The Collector 1
I have recently found myself wanting to write more about my process of creating art. I have been doing mixed media for many years, primarily using 32″ x 40″ hardboard. Not only does the cost of supplies increase with larger pieces, but the difficulty of storage increases, too. I had finally decided to create a ‘light’ version of my mixed media by limiting myself to materials that would not buckle on watercolor paper.
I began this piece at the beginning of 2013, and got about 1/4 of it done and had to put it aside. This piece is about collecting materials, and so I have decided to title it The Collector 1. I have been collecting rocks, minerals, shells, scraps of paper, handmade paper, stamps, pieces of mylar plastic film, old tickets, and even pieces of my recycled art for decades. Any unsuccessful art pieces are torn or cut into pieces for future use. This project uses three torn shapes from a recycled watercolor painting. I created many pieces of art back in the 80′s using colored pencil on mylar drafting film. I would have never used this material (very expensive), if it had not been given to me by a friend. Here I have used recycled mylar projects, too.
The next part of the process is being able to spontaneously put together these puzzle pieces. Spontaneity is vital to the creation, and without it, I have to stop. I know that if I force the process of putting together the pieces, that I risk it becoming a lifeless image. I created a series of 27 collages (7″ x 9.5″) during this past summer, which are the illustrations in my soon to be published Kindle ebook of illustrated poetry.
I had actually forgotten about this collage, until just the end of last week while moving some artwork around. As soon as I looked at it, I knew that it was time to finish it. This was the hard part, making the pieces fit together as a whole. The majority of the pieces were already there, I only had to add a little bit more. Then I started blending it together with colored pencils, and a minimal amount of acrylic paint. It was a very fun process, filled with lots of surprises for me. The biggest surprise of all is discovering the beginning of The Collector Series.