Monday, April 15, 2013
glue it tuesday: week 5
This is a cut & paste piece that I've been working on for over a year -- I can't manage to finish it, but I can't manage to give up on it, either. The primary collage material: grocery bags. I retrieved maybe twenty of them from the recycling bin, chopped them up, smoothed the sheets flat, painted random patterns with gouache, and hand cut them into teardrop shapes more or less the same size. I love working with gouache on kraft because it is thick enough to cover the paper without sacrificing that great toothiness that kraft paper has to offer, and it leaves a lovely matte finish (I'm not big on shine). Since then I've been layering the paper teardrops ever so slowly, row after row, on a 16x20 piece of watercolor paper, with the good old favorite UHU stick. I love sorting through the paper drops, deciding what color comes next, trying to make the rows line up without actually measuring. I took this progress shot a few months ago, but it's the clearest closeup I can get, so that's the one I'm showing (because once you've seen one row, you've seen them all).
In the background of course, is my other favorite adhesive. Washi tape wholeheartedly counts for Glue it Tuesday, should any happen to sneak into your pages...