I’ve been working on some new sanded collages, and I thought I’d show you the process. Of course I developed this by accident. Don’t all good ideas happen that way?!!
I was working on a piece with tulle netting on top, and it didn’t look good. So I pulled the netting off and it took the top layer of paper with it. At first it seemed like a disaster, but when I looked more closely, I liked the rawness of the peeled paper. Since then I’ve been experimenting to intentionally create that look.
First I lay down a background layer of color.
When that’s dry, I apply a second layer of images upside down. The image side is glued face down.
I let it all dry, and sand through the top layer. This part is tricky. It’s easy to sand off too much and it requires a delicate touch. My aim is to sand off just enough for a ghost image of the top layer imagery to appear and some of the color underneath to show. The paper becomes more transparent after varnishing.
When the sanded piece looks good, I apply a heart image on top. The piece is then varnished, and it’s done. Unless I decide it needs more work, in which case I might add tulle netting, colored pencil work, spray paint or charcoal lines. This is the finished piece:
“Dichotomy in Pink,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on wood panel
Here are three other new pieces created this way. Click on the images to see them larger in a browser.
“Unreal,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on wood panel
“Crossroads,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on wood panel
“Marking Time,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on wood panel
What are you up to these late summer days? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,