Embedding textures on a canvas is a great way to create a rich, tactile surface!
1. A rigid substrate might be best. Cut thick paper into shapes, or used embossed paper. For this example, I used textured, paintable wallpaper. Or, instead of thick paper or cardboard, try heavily-textured cloth, buttons, or anything else you wish to incorporate.
|Steps 1 and 2|
2. Glue the items to the support. Here I used a canvas that had been painted orange. Let the adhesive dry.
3. This step is where the "embedment" comes in. You may wish to blend in some of the edges of the pieces, to make the additions a real part of the background rather than simply pasted on. Apply molding paste or joint compound with a painting knife, softening some of the edges of the added pieces. Let dry before proceeding.
4. Paint a base coat of one or more colors, perhaps wiping some off here and there. I used acrylics. When that is dry, "antique" the piece with a dark wash or two, again wiping where desired. And/or drybrush some highlights back in to the artwork.
|Step 4 Before Finishing|
since there is no apparent subject matter, only pure color and shape.
|The finished collage painting looks very different now!|
More posts about creating texture: http://mixedmediamanic.blogspot.com/2011/09/aluminum-tape-as-decorative-feature.html AND