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beginning stages

March 22, 2010

it’s my second week of 52 weeks. this week i was asked to share pictures of the beginning stages of some of my paintings. so here are a few different pieces i have been working on recently.

how to make a collage

i start by selecting the paper that will be my background. this is the time that i am carefully considering the colors i would like to use in my painting. for this particular painting, i chose purple, turquoise, yellow, gray, and green. at this point, i already have an idea of what the painting will be. this painting i already know i want to be an orchid.

how to collage

and here is what the canvas looks like after i adhere the paper to the canvas. at this point in time, it almost looks like a quilt.

multi-media collage orchid painting

and this is what the final product looks like. you can see from this picture that i repeat the same colors from the paper with my paints.

altered book

here is a picture of an altered book i am working on right now. an altered book is when you take an old book and alter it with collage and painting.  the end product is a book that is a piece of art. kind of cool, huh? i found this old library book at a salvation army. i am going to use this book almost like a journal. i will use it mostly for personal use. and i am thinking about teaching classes on how to make these for yourselves.

altered book

on the inside of the book, you cover the pages with gesso before you start painting.

altered book

you can also collage over the pages to make a background. you will have to wait to see what the altered book looks like as an end product.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2010 9:20 am

    its looking pretty good already

  2. March 22, 2010 11:56 am

    So pretty! I love the altered book idea. Can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂 xo

  3. March 22, 2010 1:26 pm

    I love it! I’ve always loved altered books, so I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  4. March 22, 2010 10:18 pm

    I’m a big fan of the use of text in any creative piece, so I’m pretty stoked about the gessoing of book pages. I eagerly await the finished piece!

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