Thursday, January 27, 2011
Color Collage Pages
Hi, Jane Davies here. I finally identified an issue I'm having with my sketchbook. I am reluctant to draw in it because I don't want to "waste" the nice printmaking paper I used to make the book. Plus, I am just beginning to explore drawing more, so I really don't want to wreck my fine pages. The other day I wanted to practice drawing, so I just picked up a stack of cheap drawing paper and began. No problem. Put the sketchbook aside. (That was the first clue). On the other hand, I prefer to paint on flat paper, not in a book. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
So today I decided I would make that leap into painting in my book. Even though it is not a flat sheet of paper, it's a book. And guess what: I felt much more free doing these color studies in the book than I usually do on paper. I didn't feel that they needed to be finished compositions as I do when working on paper. They are paint/collage sketches. I am quite relieved to have found a way I can use my sketchbook. Maybe someday my drawings will find their way in there, but for now I'm going to do what feels the most freeing. The "Highly Prized" theme?? COLOR. It really is one of my most prized tools.
This is my process: I take a few pieces from one of my color stashes (I cut bits of magazine and other found material and categorize them into color stashes) and a few of my Scribble Painted papers, all in one predominant color. I glue a few of them down to the page using PVA or Elmer's, then take several versions of the same color of acrylic paint - for example, quinacradone red, cadmium red, and napthol red - and start painting. Then I add some accents of other colors, stamping or brushing, tweak it a bit, maybe collage some more, just see what happens. These are not finished pieces, but I get a lot of creative practice and play in the process. To keep the pages from sticking together when the book is closed, coat them with acrylic varnish or diluted PVA.