Friday, February 11, 2011

Collage Studies

I took some of my stained papers and made a few 5"x5" collage studies. I chose a fairly neutral palette - browns, beige, muted red, black and of course my quinacridone gold. First, here are a few of the papers, not just neutrals, close up so you can see the beautiful markings that the wrinkles make. This green sheet is full size, 12"x18".

And this is a close up of the quinacridone gold:
The buff is full-size:
The orange-yellow is a close up. On this one I painted part of it with diluted orange, and part with yellow. I love the way it came out.
Here are a few more of my collage studies. I tried adding just tiny bits of contrasting colors, in this case, bright ultramarine blue:
This one has just a tiny horizontal line of blue at the bottom of the black shape on the left.

I added a bit of turquoise to this one, but it's pretty subtle.
I continue my experiments with the stained tissue papers. one very nice thing about them is that, unlike colored tissue paper that you buy, the colors are lightfast and they do not bleed. I get the tissue paper in packs of fifty sheets, 12"x18" from Dick Blick.


  1. Gorgeous! So much color, so beautifully assembled. I'm hooked! Thank you!

  2. I have 3 words.... "oooo la la"...

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your methods and ideas. Your papers are scrumptous, and this is the perfect way to create with translucent color. Very nice!

  4. I have made stained tissue papers too. But then I patterned them by spraying and flicking etc colors on top of them. I like the idea of just making the sheet one color, toned perhaps and then using plain sheets to make collages. However I must say I have gotten a lot of use out of my patterned tissues.

  5. this looks like fun! as a quilter, I've been a little leary about "crossing over" into other mediums.

  6. Beautiful experiments. But .. are experiments??


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