If you are familiar with my paintings you know I work with a mix of media
“A mix of media” are the words I use to describe my work as I do not do what I consider mixed media. To me, mixed media includes stamps, collage, stencils, and glued on trinkets, whereas I use colored pencil, oil, ink, acrylics and occasionally modeling paste.
This week I wanted to work in a collage element into my piece. I used and a mix of cardstock and patterns that I printed to make the hat and corset. I wanted to make more of a mixed media piece. Next, I went on to photocopy a pre-1950s photo of a billboard advertising my family’s high wire act. I found a few other elements I wanted to include on the piece. This was a piece that I didn’t care if anyone else liked. I determined that this one was to be a gift to myself. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.
In spite of trying to be careful, there was only one little problem, the card stock left a definite line. It couldn’t be softened at all. I tried using modeling paste to round the corners and then paint that. It looked really bad. Next, I tried to scrape it back and ripped the canvas. I ended up cutting it apart and throwing it in the trash bin. The only thing left is the little part of the family billboard.
I am both frustrated and thankful. Frustrated, because I worked on it for a good 20 hrs. Thankful, because fun was had and lessons were learned. To sum it all up, the next time I try this piece, (and there will be a next time) I will be using printable tissue paper. The placement of the billboard will be different, and I will have her little bird and monkey friend join her in the next one.
*Edit, Lesson really learned. I watched some video of mixed media. It showed the proper treating of the edges. I know exactly what I did wrong. I will prep better next go round.