|The first step for me in making a
collage is the general idea. Once I have decided on a theme I do the color
selection next. This means taking out all of my papers, foils and the
general images that I will be using. I than check through, any of the
embellishments that I have. Any embossing powders, the various metal
leafing, sealing wax, dried flowers, wires , beads, Metallic Rub-ons, and
paints (dry powders and others)….
The next step would be choosing a backboard. I do like colored mat
board. I don’t know why I tend to choose colored mat board because I
cover it all any way! Any painting that I do than I usually do on smooth
(hot pressed) watercolor paper.. I can run the paint or marble it and have
it appear otherworldly! I do LOVE color! I also like detailed imagery, I
guess that for me Less is not More---- More is More. I want to look at
something that keeps on bringing me back into the picture, something that
holds my interest and keeps me finding new things.
Once I have done the previous planning the easy part starts and that is
fitting everything together. To me it's like a puzzle.. Once you have all
the parts the fun begins. I lay the items out and when I like one layer I
advance to the next layer and so on until I can get to the real
embellishments. Once the planning is completed it is a matter of gluing
the layers on and for that I use a matte medium. I work pretty quickly on
this and for any imagery out of a book I do a copy and cut or tear it out
… I never use the original. I don’t care for the shiny look of some of
the printed papers so I like to copy the image and make it work with all
the other papers.
After the gluing is done the other embellishments are added… this is
the really fun part. The dried flowers and metallic rub ons and mixed
metal leaf … I have used in these boxes and collages also… Also I have
used embossing powders and Liquid Glass. After this is done … I step
back and look at the collage and see if it looks right or needs any thing
more for the balance or composition. I leave the collage standing up in an
area so I can go back and look several times (this may take a week) to
make sure it is right for me.