Lately I’ve been going back to adding collage elements in my art.
I often use papers to create layers, especially when I need to cover up an area I don’t like. It’s an easy way to fill in the space and add detail. I love using origami and lokta papers that have intricate patterns and metallics (they can be found at many art stores, craft stores and paper stores).
Napkins are so fun for adding pattern too – the decorative paper napkins you can find with butterflies and landscapes on them in intricate designs. They always bring a little lightness and magic into my paintings (something I can’t always bring out with my other mixed media supplies).
But my favorite papers are the ones I stumble upon in my everyday – maps and sheet music from antique shops, gift wrap and tissue in a gift from a friend or even old diaries. I always keep an eye out in unexpected places.
Adding these paper elements to my recent paintings has given me new places to begin so my imagination can wander. All of my experiences and emotions go into my art and part of my process is all about experimenting and trying new things so I can be brave and cover up what I don’t like, which is forever changing and evolving just like everything else in life
Often times it just takes finding a new supply or color combination that brings my artwork to life. I always find that these sparkly, serendipitous moments always seem to happen whenever I let go, play and have fun.
This is a project in my online art class SERENDIPITY 2 – Learn To Let Go. In this video preview, you’ll see how my characters so often begin and evolve into something completely new. By covering up the parts I don’t like, and keeping what I love, my paintings begin to come together.