Monday, September 5, 2011
Summer canvas collage
Labor Day always feels like the end of summer, so I thought I'd share a collage done on a piece of canvas for an online class I took that is very summery. The background is painted by using leaves and flowers with paint on them to essentially monoprint. I used tansy and columbine leaves and to add the painted flowers, I used individual tansy flowers. They are about the size of a pencil eraser and very dense allowing me to create dots and combine them into a flower shape. I was glad to put that horrible flower/herb/weed to some good use! It's an invasive plant that grows about 4 feet tall, and the flowers start out as a bright yellow, but change to a dark brown pretty quickly. The photos are TAP transfers of the lilies that grow in our yard and I've embellished the canvas with fabric, lace, buttons, machine stitching and inked rolled muslin roses. Of course I had to keep practicing with my dip pen and india ink, too - slowly getting better ;-) Hope you're enjoying your end of summer!