Autumn collage

I often find that a new burst of creativity often leads to working with collage, to spark some ideas and to make new materials to work with.

I’ve started a stitched mixed media textile series based on fossils, nests and shells, with probably a few pebbles thrown in too. Some textile pieces are now ready and waiting to be stitched, which I’ll share in future posts, when I have added more textile pieces to the series.

I started with the old collage favourite, the painted papers. The idea wasn’t to actually use autumn colours, I did have some paler compositions in mind. But with collage I find it’s best to just let it do as it wants, something useful always comes out of it even if you don’t actually like all the results. I do like a bit of orange though.

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Below, starting work with the painted papers.

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Some of the finished collages are shown below. I photograph these, often with objects laid onto them, such as shells, a little deceased moth I found in the garden, twigs.

Then they are played with in Photoshop and printed onto inkjet fabric to use in the textile and mixed media work, either cut up or in full. They could be printed onto nice paper too, and incorporated into a piece. Sometimes I’ll choose a close up, sometimes the full piece to change by adding a layer or two in Photoshop from other images I’ve taken.

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The collage above was based on botanical fossils.

After a few rather more vigorous collages a gentler piece appeared. I decided not to cut these printed papers up, I liked them as they are, blocky. They’re from previous digitally manipulated images printed on paper that I keep in my collage material folder.

I wanted to make a couple of sea collages to work with. These are just laid down, so the components can just be moved around to make different images.

There are more but that’s enough for the moment!

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