Category Archives: Collage/Mixed Media

Variations on a Theme

You’ve seen stencil work from me before. And you will again. And then there is this example right in front of you, today.

I cut out the man figure and painted him black as he lay on a bit of grocery bag paper. I did it again, with a brush not-so-full of paint, and several times, moving him just a little each time.

So then I had a clear black figure to glue on to a background. I had a stencil guy. And I had a moving around kind of stencil guy.

I could have kept on, but I moved to some other idea, I guess. Not before I added some details to each card. Everyone deserves a showcase, I think.

 

Postcards, acrylics and mixed media, stenciling. The postcard are pieces of thin cardboard from food packages or the like, cut to size.

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Ghostly Men

These ghosts. They may be shadows in an alleyway. You know, when you get more than one light source, and a single object creates multiple shadow personalities. Can a ghost cast a shadow? I say yes.

Or maybe it’s just three ghosts practicing their piece for a dance recital. I caught them just before they launched into some high kicks.

Yes, of course.

I created these ATC’s using cut out silhouette-men – the paper was paint sample card from the home improvement store. I them painted a thick layer of acrylic over them and wiped it off.

These were done in June, 2017.

Paint Cards and People and Faces

I have a love for paint cards from the paint store or home improvement store. You may remember some other things I have done with them. Anyway, here are two artist trading cards from July, 2017, featuring that ever-useful accessory to the collage world…paint cards.

Three With a Family Resemblance 

I often make several artworks at one time. This way of working keeps me from fussing too much with any one piece. That is something I find very easy to do. So I do it. You know what happens next – and it’s ugly.

Anyway, group sessions work well for me. You can often see a continuity of materials and mood in the pieces I work on together.

Here is an example. Three artist trading cards from June, 2017. Mixed media, acrylics, ink, and crayon.

Designer Home

A whole lot going on here. I took the photo of the little house – I’ve used it in various ways in some other works. I have some kind of attachment to this house, for no reason I can figure out. I just like the look of it.

I glued the photo to a painted recycled cardboard postcard. I used my Neocolor I crayons here and there, and I stuck on some color-coordinated paint card samples for good measure.

Now it reminded me of one of those design boards I’ve seen on TV or, going back some, what the space planners showed us every time our office changed locations and we needed new…everything.

Anyway, here it is.

Actors Onstage

I made backgrounds on recycled cardboard postcards and then I added cut-out figures. An anonymous background is like a stage set, and I find the actors to play the roles in my production.

A nice little thought, isn’t it, that of a tiny stage with a story playing out on it?

Drawing from Some Drawings

I took some sketches I’d made, here or there, and used them in making these mixed media postcards earlier this year.