Friday, November 22, 2013

MIXED MEDIA : Combining Words with Images and Textures

Pictures and text together can make a powerful collage. Add textured art media to the mix and...YES!

1. Decide on a theme, if desired, and pick colors of type, images, textured papers, fabrics, handwriting, etc. that look good together. 
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"Time" is a motif here. I plan to color some of the papers.
2. On a canvas panel or other sturdy substrate, you might begin by painting the background.
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I used acrylics so they wouldn't bleed later.

3. While the background dried, I added washes of color to some of the papers (especially those printed black on white).
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Use paints, chalks, inks, you decide!

4. Try several arrangements first, & when you're happy with the 
composition, begin by adhering the largest piece first or the one 
farthest back, often one and the same
Use matte medium if you wish to avoid a shiny appearance.
(TIP: I leave acid-free papers unsealed if I don't want the 
plastic-y look.) I apply acrylic medium to the canvas and 
the back of the paper, let it get tacky, then glue down. 
Press the bubbles out thoroughly.
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The finished piece.
5. Finally, accent or touch up with paint or other art media as desired.

art blog, Paula Guhin


  1. As always, I am in awe of your work. I love your choices of materials, color palette, textures, and how you made it all come together.

    1. I am in awe of YOU, always with the kind remarks!

  2. This is wonderful Paula. I love the colors and the choices of images. Thank you so much for the prize giveaway! I received them this week in the mail. I appreciate it and plan on making some beautiful things with them. Have a great week!

    1. So glad they arrived ok! Make something wonderful.


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