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Making an organic collage

Last week I showed you the first half of my experiment with the heavily textured collage papers that I made, which was a geometric collage. This week, it’s an organic collage, which emerged when I tore up the papers that were left. This one is called I Sing for Joy:

Just like last week, I started with a masonite board as my substrate.

1. Paint the edges and top of the masonite with black acrylic.

2. Tear up some large and some small pieces of textured collage papers and foil. The tutorials to make the ones shown in this piece are here and here.

3. Mix your torn pieces with some that are cut straight if you’d like.

4. Arrange and rearrange until you’ve got a composition that you like with the papers. Use polymer medium to adhere them to the masonite and to each other. Cover the piece, weight it, and let it dry.

5. I added a piece of cork lightly painted with the same citrine color as I used on the ripped edges. I also added a silk leaf that was enhanced with the same colors of acrylics.

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