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« on: February 21, 2014 06:26:13 PM »

So I have an idea for an art project that would involve collage (a collaged background with a central image on top), and I am looking for advice, tips, tools, or anything else to help me make it look good.  Basically are there things I can do to the images or edges to make it look more cohesive and thought through as a project? Are there better or worse papers to print images on? If I wanted to layer semi-transparent images are there ways to do that?

I really fumble along when it comes to crafting and would love the advice of some of you who actually know what you are doing.  Thanks so much.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014 08:18:11 PM »

What about painting or using inks to give it a cohesive colour or texture.  Have you taken a look at some of the videos on youtube - I have been watching some of them lately and found them quite helpful and inspirational...

There are several videos here I found helpful

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCjnlp_6bz8l5tdDot22UCA

I liked this one because of the textural elements

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-TETqg36_s

Some other ones which may help too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2k34uZt_HQ

These ones have the elements around a central image, which may be of help to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncngy5q0DMA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGxPuULGphE



They do show the materials that they use, which helps a great deal.  I am fond of palette knives, and Golden/Liquitex mediums, and acrylics, but you can pretty much use anything you have on hand in terms of craft paints, glues, etc and if you don't want to make any big $$$ investments - I will use dollar store canvases, and brushes, stir sticks, and old gift cards/transit cards to help with spreading paints/mediums/glues, etc down.  You can use anything that is found to add texture - scrunched up newspapers, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, fabric, etc.

If you want to experiment before committing to a large project, just cut some tags or small pieces from cardboard and experiment on the smaller scale first to find a technique you like, or alter an old book.

If you want to use semi transparent layers, you can do that quite well - many mediums will go on opaque or translucent, but will dry clear, and you can use diluted paints or inks to add colour if you want.
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014 10:00:59 AM »

thanks so much for all those tips and videos.
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