Saturday, January 28, 2012

Doodling over a paper-pasted collage

Leslie here.  I love cutting and pasting ephemera from local events or travel and using this as a basis for a layered collage.  In this case, I'm using some ephemera from a trip taken years ago to France.  I like to save boarding passes, tickets, and other interesting bits of paper to use for this.  It is "non-precious", and therefore perfect for overcoming the fear of the blank page!
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!


  1. I LOVE this! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your process!

  2. Great to see your design process from start to finish. Makes it look so easy! I love how you put it altogether and then painted over it.

  3. This turned out great! I have often thought how cool it would be to doodle on top of collage but I have never tried it. I loved seeing your step by step process. Wonderful post :)

  4. awesome~!~ love the process and the results~!!!!~
    thank you for sharing.


  5. LOVE LOVE this..thanks for sharing the process..

  6. I'm glad you like the post. I hope you will try this method and share your results with all of us!

  7. This was wonderful. I love the different layers and then the drawing on top of it all with the water colors just gave it that extra sparkle of beauty.

  8. I to love to see design process at work, the start to the end, and yours is great

  9. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing the step by step process.

  10. Pretty doggone cool...clever idea!

  11. Wonderful way of using up those little bits of memorabilia that I have hanging around. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Looks fun and successful - I envy you the sunshine too.

  13. You are my inspiration! Going to try this today. Thanks, Leslie!

  14. I love the layers created with the collage. I would have to use a bare tree or something indoors as we are buried in snow!


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