This is the last of three mixed media collage pieces I created during my time at Blueberry View Artist Retreat. I spent about three days working on this piece off & on. The first day was spent selecting thin papers with various designs for the background. Oftentimes this portion of the collage doesn’t end up showing in the final image but I seem to take a long while selecting them, just in case.
Once those were adhered to the canvas I moved on to adding more layers.
Eventually came some darker layers and pieces, followed by some squares of white, textured paper.
Once those were dry I got out my charcoal and went to town, outlining and adding dark lines throughout the entire piece. Thin washes of acrylic ink were used in the sections that were created by the charcoal lines.
After the ink was added then the black tattoo-like designs were drawn in with a black gel pen in the square sections where the white paper had been added that didn’t have a preprinted design. There are also a large number of very thin lines drawn through the background, I had a hard time stopping once I started adding them! Since they are hard to see in these photos perhaps you should plan a studio visit to see this piece in person. 🙂