Thursday, January 31, 2008

And Now the Collage

















I started this collage before the Masa one and gave up on it. But I don't like to give up, so I went back to it today. The camera cropped it a little close on the sides - it's really a square. I'll try to get a better photo if the weather is better tomorrow. This was done with stained and torn washi (rice papers) mounted on Arches 300 lb. rough 11 x 11 inches. The element of design is still "texture".

9 comments:

Tracy Wandling said...

Michelle, it's beautiful! I absolutely love the colors...and the texture is just so great! I have never tried collage...but this is a pretty inspiring piece. Glad you finished it and showed it to us!

Nava said...

It's wonderful - very interesting texture created by the washi!

Joan said...

Mickey - That washi gives it such great texture. It almost looks like a stone wall behind the ti leaves. I'm glad you didn't give up on this one.

Michelle Himes said...

Thanks, Tracy, Nava & Joan. I wasn't sure that I like this until I added a few details with a brush, let it dry and put it in a mat. It pays not to give up too soon.

Ai said...

Michelle, this is beautiful both the texture and the colors. I enjoy your blog. I wonder if you got all colors from the Masa or do you have to paint your colors on the white Masa. This is inspiring; I may try this some time.

Michelle Himes said...

ai,
On the masa painting, I painted the subject directly on the white masa paper.

On this one, the collage, I stained pieces of various types of washi (oriental papers) with watercolor. When they dried, I tore them to the shapes I wanted and collaged them. When the collage was all assembled, I added a few final touches here and there with a brush.

Sandy Maudlin said...

This is so cool. You area design master, and so good with color! Love it.

"JeanneG" said...

Very nice. I have never tried collage. What do you use to attach them? Very nice colors and the texture is great.

Michelle Himes said...

Thanks, Jeanne. The papers were attached with matte medium.