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It was submitted by
anders on Mon Oct 14 13:57:05 2002.
comments: i was just wondering if you'd divulge some of your
collage-making secrets..? i've never done much collage but i have an idea
for a piece similar to the effect in your "what you pay" collage.... so far all of
my attempts are coming out looking to rigid, too calculated. have any tips?
would help a tremendous amount, i love your collage work!
Date: Monday, October 14, 2002 6:52 PM
Subject: Re: Questions and Comments
my secrets for "what you pay"???
well, i glued down a bunch of basic rectangular
pieces of paper... then made sure i had some
irregular pieces added over it. also carefully cut
out individual figures (like elvis).
sometimes i cut the paper, sometimes i tear it
to make it irregular and sometimes i even burn the edges.
i coated the whole thing with matte acrylic polymer.
then i put wood stain over it and immediately wiped it off
(i think this is called 'antiquing' in ceramics circles).
i added a piece of clear plastic from a wallet, some tiny mirror
shards, i used black paint to paint over the bird, and
i added two strips of barbed wire, some photos of me,
buttons, a strip of a wooden ruler, an old rusted bottle cap
and a small rusted chain and a lens from a pair of glasses,
a safety pin, a bobby pin, a couple of paint rings,
and a tiny crayfish claw.
plus this piece is over 25 years old so the paper has
also aged (but you can get around that by starting with
really old paper, or put some newspaper in the sun
and it will yellow in days). i think it's the antiquing that
ties it together.
also, you can't be too neat.
i also make sure it's not all rectangular grids - i add
diagonals (for a purely rectangular grid piece,
see "Voodoo Lounge"). another trick is to cover your collage with dress
patterns because you can see through them when
but the most important 'secret' is what you yourself
select to use. i go through magazines and tear tons of
stuff out for my stash and then when i make a
collage i go through my stash and select that which seems
to belong together for the piece. in essense, it's not
all me but rather a collaboration between myself and the
stuff i chose.