Tuesday, January 17, 2012
New art: cross paper collage
One of my dream was to be an illustrator. I loved books and I loved drawing and painting so it just seemed like a logical arrangement. I studied design and illustration in college but soon after I graduated, the only thing I illustrated was a dirty diaper, nap time and Elmo's World. Not that I'm complaining--I love being a mother.
But this art thing is equally important because it's the fire that burns inside me. Without that fire I would be...a vessel that is cold to the touch.
Ever since I was in college, I've had a love for collage. I've done quite a few collages over at Modern Art 4 Kids. Knowing that you can create and manipulate something completely unique from things that are already "made" is so intriguing to me. I had this idea to add another cross to my collection for my kitchen, which I had just painted a nice orange sherbet. But as usual, my art has a mind of it's own and at the end of it all, it found it's way to another home. Sigh.
But the road is always fun, regardless.
This collage is different because I decided to use Mod Podge as the binder. Normally, I get a happy buzz from the rubber cement fumes but this time around, I wanted the collage to have the appearance of tile and I knew that the high gloss Mod Podge would give it that exact affect. And the fumes were equally enjoyable.
So I began to cut out shapes and lay them down on a piece of wood. I used scrapbooking paper, painted paper and tissue paper. I didn't use a sketch for this piece. I am the anti-sketch queen. Drives my husband crazy.
When I work on a collage, I experience this really focused, really calm peaceful feeling. I am working in a very detailed manner, yet I am highly attuned to my surroundings. This is when I really listen to what is going on in my home and I meditate on things.
Almost finished, just adding a few last minute touches. At this point I have to stop myself or else I can just keep going and going. And eventually go insane.
Vibrant and true. I like it.