First, I selected several pieces of watercolor paper as a substrate for the collage. Using a palette knife I spread a thin layer of Yes! glue (love that stuff). Then I began to layer my paper ephemera.
After drying, I quickly striped a bit of opaque white paint over each surface to "mess it up" just a bit.
Since it is such a gorgeous day here in south TX (sorry to rub it in!) I went outside with one of my pages, my pen and pencil, and my camera. I was looking out the window at my large pots of Swiss Chard and decided it was a perfect moment to go out and enjoy the beauty of the garden and the weather.
I really love to see the sunlight through the brightly colored stems.
using both pencil and pen I made a quick drawing over the surface of the collage
After I came inside the house I began to add dashes of color
My focus initially is on the bright colored stems of the chard.
then I want to establish some of the shadows for reference.
This is where having a quick photo is helpful as you build the composition.
I continued to build the layers of color (and shading),
also stenciling in the year in the lower corner.
This is not finished yet because I want a bit more shading under the leaves, and I want to
add light color to some of the reflections.
I like the quick, "doodle-sketchiness" of this little piece. I plan to do the very same thing with the remaining two collaged pages. Stay tuned!