I missed last weeks class on 'Assemblage' as I was in Rydal but had sort of incorporated elements of that in my box constructions of the week before. This week we were told to bring in an A3 photograph to cut up and recompose as a suitable under painting and a song lyric or title. I spent Sunday afternoon on my return looking for suitable images and choosing a song ( ' The Tide is High ( and I'm holding on' ) by Debbie Harry, one of the 80's soundtrack I pedal to on the excercise bike) ! I toyed with ' Startrekking' .... In the end I needn't have bothered , what was needed was any collage suitable for taking further using drawing, paint and transfer techniques . I had my ' Scrap' book with me so Simon photocopied pages from this up to A3 size
I took tracings of the outlines of this 'Greek God' collection then did another tracing of the shapes
The First technique I tried was using carbon paper under the tracing and then applying inks to the resulting drawing
Mixed results with monoprinting : we inked up acetate sheets and placed paper and then tracing or photocopy on top and drew through the layers. Too many variable of paper ( wet , damp or dry) , pressure , how much ink on the acetate , these ( above, below and top ) are the least worst.
I had better success with the tracings of faces then monoprint.( carbon paper also worked well for this)
While I was waiting for my scrap book and photocopies, I put together a quick A3 collage of circles and curves to use
I used this as a basis for colour monoprinting: placing image under acetate sheet, colouring areas with coloured printing ink and transferring acetate to dampened piece of paper.
I've had much better results using monoprinting before both as a drawing medium and using acrylic/ seletescine inks on fabric . However I like the idea of using a collage as a starting point for painting and might explore using different colour carbon papers
Meanwhile collage materials are taking over my studio! As a newbie to this technique, how do people store and organise all their bits?