|Gayle Pritchard's By the Numbers, in progress|
For my current pieces, I am adhering them to two upcycled pre-stretched canvases that I found in a discount store. I used acrylic gel medium applied directly to the canvas, and stretched and smoothed the paper over the top, as shown in the photos below.
|Each edge and the back stretcher bar are coated with gel medium, then the paper stretched in place. This works with fabric, too!|
I miter the corners as I go, using very sharp scissors.
|I trimmed around the existing hanging hardware along the top, then separately wired the piece for hanging after it dried.|
All done! Here, I am drying the mounted collage overnight. The rubber bands hold it tight, while the scrap paper inserts protect the edges of the collage and paper from the rubber bands.
I had one other piece to prepare, and now I am ready to wrap and drop off my work at the gallery tomorrow. Hurrah! Piecing it All Together: The Art of Collage opens in Chagrin Falls on April 1st, and will be on display at the Valley Art Center until May 19.