Sunday, September 8, 2013
ReWork Your Work
Sometimes I make something that just doesn't work for me. Like this collage. I like it, but never really want to hang it anywhere. I think it might be a bit gloomy. It's been in my studio closet, waiting for a transformation.
Last week, a friend asked me to make a collage for her sister, who is turning 50 this year. I decided to use this old collage as a base for something new and more cheerful. I started by adding layers of paper.
I added some personal information by typing family names and other details onto scrapbook paper. I love this old typewriter. It belonged to my grandfather!
The collage seemed rather cold, so I scrubbed in some quinacridone and raw umber with a dry brush. I then used acrylic glazing medium to thin and smudge the brown tones into the crevices of the collage.
I'm still layering and thinking about the final result, but so far I like what is happening.
The old collage is quickly disappearing, but the green tones and funky shapes peek out here and there.
How about you? Do you keep your old "ho-hum" pieces? What do you do with them?