I have had a large project going for awhile in the background. Something I do not only for fun, but also to get money for more art supplies :) I REALLY enjoy collage and awhile ago I started to make 'paper paintings' If you want to see a selection of some of them I have made you can look here Library of Paper Paintings by Shel Some of them were commission, and some were for fun or gifts. I have always told my friends and family "I can make anything" so my obsession with this form of artwork started like that..sort of a challenge. But I fell in love with it. I don't do them everyday...because they are slow, a bit tedious, and can make my hands, back and neck hurt. But I gain HUGE satisfaction from seeing each canvas come to life. Anyway, I recently finished this one. It was inspired by the little graphic that google had on Kandinsky's birthday recently. I hope you like it.
So the process is fairly simple... It starts with a pencil sketch on a pre-stretched canvas. This one is 24"X 24".
Next I do a 'underpainting'. This will be fairly sloppy and basically a test of the colors and shapes. As I am doing this underpainting, I use excess paint on my palette to create collage papers to use with the piece. I generally use lightweight papers like newsprint or brown paper from packaging, deli papers, or magazine papers I have torn out. I apply the paint to the papers with a old credit card or fingers. Sometimes I also make a series of mono prints using the same paint colors on my Gelli plate.
Next I just tear up the piece of papers and put them sorted into colors in small plastic trays. I apply these to the canvas using matte liquid medium and a brush, going under the paper, then over the top. For this piece I had to make alot of sharp edges using a scissor. Usually I just use the paper torn as it is. I also go over the edges of the canvas wrapping it totally with the design so it can be hung up without a frame.
I hope you enjoyed this project. <3 Shel