|“Mary carried the large pumpkin out to the front stoop.”|
Collage is one of my favorite mixed media techniques. That’s why I decided to delve into Cathy Bluteau’s workshop called “Collage, Transfer & Glaze” from 21 Secrets.
After I bought a few supplies, everything was in place. I started with a flat canvas, something I’ve never done before. Then added dictionary pages and thin receipt paper. Cathy suggested we use napkins. Since I couldn’t find any tissue paper around the house, I was glad I got the napkins at the dollar store (those are the autumn butterflies.) Found a cute little girl carrying a pumpkin online, even though Cathy had some silhouettes available for us to use. The image went well with the colors, I thought. Thing is, it didn’t fully transfer, so I used a black marker to fill out the figure.
The next step was to add color onto the canvas. I think green and orange go well together, and the butterflies had a nice olive tone in them. So that was the color I chose. In the end, I inserted black lines from a rolling stamp, white dots with sequin waste and orange circles. The little girl spoke to me, and Mary was her name.
As I said before, this was my first try with using a flat canvas in my artwork. That was a thrill. I bought a package of three, so I have two more to play with. Maybe in the future I’ll try a cradle panel board or birch board, which were also suggestions from the supply list. Thanks, Cathy! I had loads of fun and learned a lot.