This is a piece that I started working on during our recent retreat. I used a color scheme that I saw many times on our visit to Mexico. I also used some ephemera (taxi receipts) from our trip. I glued down the ephemera and scraps of paper to 6″ x 6″ canvases and then added color. I also used a variety of torn gelatin plate printed papers that I created on the retreat. Then I decided to add the leaf motifs after I got home. I made acrylic skins with pouring medium to create the black outlines. I hadn’t tried that before and would definitely make them thinner next time.
Here are all three of them together.
The color scheme is not one I would normally use but I really enjoyed using these bright, saturated colors.
They are on the deeper canvases and were great fun to play with in this smaller size. That way I didn’t feel too intimidated like I do when I try to use a bigger canvas. I have tons more paper to use up so I think I will try some more mixed media collages like this. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
They are fabulous Ruth – I love the bright colours and they would look so good hung as a threesome.
Thanks Lyn, I like how they turned out too.
They look great, Ruth. What are ‘acrylic skins’?
Thanks Zed! Acrylic skins are made with a pourable acrylic medium. You can add paint colors or they can be clear. In this case I painted the black paint on a piece of plastic first, then poured the clear medium over the top. Let that dry, peel it off the plastic and then apply the acrylic skin to wherever you want it.
Here’s a link that explains it better: http://cdn.dick-blick.com/lessonplans/acrylic-skins/acrylic-skins-acrylic-mosaic-shingles.pdf
Also you there are Youtube videos you can watch.
These are great – I love the collage approach and hot colour scheme. I didn’t know what acrylic skins are either – always learning something new!
Thanks Kim, I am always trying new techniques. Perhaps it would be better if I just stuck to one thing but…
No, definitely not better! 😉
The colors are great, sort of transition of seasons. Love the leaves. I hadn’t heard of acrylic skins either. Always something new to learn.
Thanks Marilyn! It was a combination of Mexican colors and the leaves we were using on the retreat.
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Ruth, you are a very busy woman! I love those bright colors and I will have a look at ‘acrylic skins’ , it remains me of older times playing with the wasco. At school we had to draw all kind of colors on a paper and at top it had to be all black and than we had to scrap that of. You can imagine we were all black over, not only our hands.
Thanks, we did that in school too with crayons.