Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Art of Collage

A few weeks ago, I wrote about some of the collages I was finishing up. Today I thought I would show you some of the steps involved in preparing for the final presentation of a few of my collages. As serendipity would have it, shortly after my blog post, I received an invitation to exhibit a number of my artworks in Piecing it All Together: The Art of Collage. The show opens on April 1st, so I am pleased to have some brand new pieces to add to the ones the curator selected from my website.

My now beat up travel portfolio, on the far left
 Those of you who know me or who have studied with me know that I never go anywhere without a journal or one of my collage travel portfolio. In the little square portfolio shown here, I keep collage papers and the like, but also squares of canvas,  matboard and other materials, all the same size. They fit neatly in the back of the portfolio, and provide a ready-made working surface for a small, quick work when I'm on the road.

That is exactly where these new collages came from: the back of my travel portfolio. These are two same-sized pieces of raw canvas which I have built collages on the surface of, beginning with journal writing. That was covered with drawing and image transfers, then layers of sheers fabrics and papers, even metal screening, were added on top. I want to mount them onto pre-stretched canvas, but first I have cut some beautiful unryu paper to stitch them onto.

This wonderful paper has just the right amount of body for stitching.
I love the weight and body of this paper! It provides a great working surface, and here, a nice background. It is also easier to sew through than pre-stretched canvas. Before I stitch the second collage down, I need to remove the edges of the Tear-away on the back of the collage. I am also never without Tear-away. I use it as a background for most everything I do, including wall pieces I am designing. If I am making a quilt, I remove it prior to hand stitching, but for these collages, it provides something to hold on to while stitching.

I am trimming the Tear-Away from the collage on the left, prior to stitching it onto that beautiful blue paper.
So....tonight I will finish stitching the second collage in place. Later in the week, I will show you how I attached it to the canvas.


  1. Where does this exhibit open? Do you have an extra postcard I can post in my open studio? Happy Saint Patrick's Day by the way. I love these works...I just got the collage book with Clare Murray Adams's works published in them...awesome growth here with your progression. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. The opening is April 1 at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls. They haven't sent postcards out yet, but will post more info on my website, and FB. Thanks for the kind words. Have my new blog post with the completion reaady to post, maybe tonight! Haven't seen the book with soulmate Clare's work in it yet...