Saturday, May 17, 2008
I made this page following directions by Kelly Rae Roberts in the Nov/Dec '07 issue of "Cloth, Paper, Scissors. In brief, it involves gluing squares and rectangles of a variety of papers to cover the entire background. Then coat the surface with gel medium to seal. Sketch the figure. Use a brayer and/or brush to apply various colors of fluid acrylics over the collage. Wipe with a damp paper towel to remove some of the color and let the paper patterns show through. Gesso the skin and hair areas. When dry, paint these with acrylics, shadowing and shading for a realistic look. The butterfly that forms the bodice was cut from wrapping paper. Finally, outline the entire figure with black paint.
The background of the left page was first painted with periwinkle and yellow craft acrylics, and when dry, a sponge brayer was used to apply a variety of green paints.