Saturday, July 13, 2019

Extreme Layering - collage, paint, sanding

These photos show a sequence of progress on one of my 24"x24" panels. They begin with loads of collage, carefully applied so that everything lies flat. Then they get painted, sanded, painted, collaged again, etc. in no particular order. In the video I'm doing a little hand-sanding.
This is a few layers of collage.

then paint

After a good sanding with the power sander

More paint...

more of everything...

some linework

lots of veiling and more line work...

And then some "reverse collage": I collage painted papers with the paint side down. When it's dry, I sand away some of the paper, and the paint shows through. Such surprises!  This definitely takes you out of your "planning" mode. You can't possibly know what happens next.

More sanding

More painting. Here it begins to take on a clear direction. I consider this a "possibility", not a mandate. So I will go down this road a ways and see if it sticks, but I end up in the weeds, another possibility will be evident, I'm sure.

This is where the piece is at this point. I'll futz with it a bit and look again.
Hand sanding gives you more control over how much material you remove, so it's good for getting into smaller areas. Here is a video of me working on two different pieces:


23 comments:

  1. WOW !!! I LOVE this journey....it's inspiring.

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  2. And, I love the ukulele music..multi talented for sure! Very inspiring.

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  3. Love this - I must have a go. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  4. What an interesting journey this piece has had so far! Thank you for sharing the video and ukelele music. Very inspiring. Wondering what type of glue you used that can stand up to being sanded, whether by hand or mechanically?

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    1. It's just acrylic matte medium. Utrecht brand. The trick is to make sure that your layers are really dry before sanding. I usually do the initial collage (three or four layers) on one day, and start sanding the next day. Then I use a hairdryer in between subsequent layers.

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  5. Thanks for sharing all the steps in sequence. It is fantastic!

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  6. Thanks for sharing. Witch kind of wood is the panel from?

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  7. You are so generous to share your art with us. I am always inspired with your work and it makes me want to try this. I definitely will be off to the art store tomorrow for some 24x24 panels. Thanks again,

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    1. Have fun!This is not an easy process; it requires a lot of letting go and covering up of beautiful bits. Once you accept that, then it IS fun.

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  8. Love your discovery that you called "reverse collage". I have been experimenting with this technique since I first saw it in your blog. I discovered similarly, that what was showing up after sanding was most often the underside of the papers...not only my painted surface, but also any text on the paper--which of course came out backwards! I loved it. When I saw what was happening I wondered if I could soak a painted magazine page and make an acrylic skin that would have not only color, but text. It works! It's delicate but it can be done. You can stretch them and embed them in surprising places in the collage. woo hoo! Thanks Jane.

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    1. OOooo, NICE! Now THAT seems like it would offer loads of possibility. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Lovely! I always learn something from you Jane.

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  10. Jane, always learning and inspire by you! Thanks for letting us have a view!

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  12. Exciting and inspiring - I'm going to have a go.

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  13. Reverse collage, what a great idea!

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