The collages that I make may look like paintings, but they are not made with paint. They are made with specialty papers from Nepal, Japan, India, France, Italy, Egypt, the United States and more. The papers are chosen for the weight, pattern, and colors and maybe be made with many different techniques, such as batik, embossing, foiling, hand-dying, marbling, and screen printing just to name a few.
Vintage newspapers, playbills or old books are also used. I go more into detail about this on the About the Artist page.
The ripped papers are held together with water and a little bit of medium. When dry they are removed from the work surface and treated with a water based UV-glaze that is specific to fine art preservation.
Each morning after working on this piece,
I took a photo of the progress of the day before. The slide show is of my progress so far.
Currently, I have a full selection of papers in order to create just about anything in my sketchbooks. My favorite place to buy paper is from the local art store, Art Things, but I will also shop from Paper Source. The most extensive collection of papers on-line is available from Art Papers Online.
The full sheets are stored in a faux map chest, but the scraps are stored in bins under my bed, under the couch, and in boxes hidden through out the cottage.
Drawing table for sketching
The den side of the kitchen
Paper on the floor, under the easel
Easel near cat rest
Former studio, current workroom
the miter saw in the work room
this perfect, little cart has wheels and stores many of my supplies
I'm tickled by this cart from IKEA
My home and my studio are intertwined. When I purchased my home in the late 90's I planned on it housing my studio, but now my home has become my studio. I tend to set up my easels in the kitchen. What had been designated as the studio, is now my work room. My bedroom loft is where I attach the collages to the frames. Scraps of papers are stored anywhere they will fit.
The tools I use, have evolved over time. My favorites are an oyster knife, tweezers, a needle felting needle, an old screw driver, and pocket knives.
One evening I recorded some video of me working. It is a little like watching paint dry, but I did my best to edit it.