THE COLLAGE PROCESS
- Once I have decided on my subject matter I search for photographic references from my own photos, and/or photos supplied to me by my client or online royalty free photos. I make some initial sketches, generally combining aspects of different photos until I come up with an image that I like.
- I prepare my substrate, which is a cradled wood panel, by applying a few coats of artist primer to seal the wood (and sanding the panel and leaving it to dry between these coats) so that I have a good surface to work on.
- When the panel is completely dry I draw my image on it. I then paint the image and background on the panel so that I have an under-painting to guide me when I start the collage process.
- Referring to the reference photos and my under-painting I decide what colour papers I need to paint for the collage.
- Generally starting with white paper, I paint and texturize with acrylic paints and inks until I have enough variety and quantity to complete the collage.
- I then tear the painted papers and adhere them to the panel in order to ‘paint’ my image. This may mean several layers of paper on the finished piece. Once it is completed and has dried, I varnish it with a polymer varnish with UVLS protection and I paint the edges of the panel so that it can be hung without a frame. I attach the hanging wire and it’s done.