I have been trying to find that perfect balance in my artwork between planning and creating intuitively as I go. Collage work tends to lean more toward planning, but in this new piece “Hanging with the Crows”, I felt much more loose and spontaneous. I started by layering some deli paper onto the 12 x 12 inch deep canvas that had been used for cleaning off stencils as I used spray ink. They were delightfully messy and colorful and made a great background to work from.
From there I layered my woman whose inky hair bleeds right into her face, crows, an image from a vintage pattern, a few stamps, and circles. I added more paint here and there, and used a grease pencil to randomly draw in some details. Derwent Inktense blocks and pencils added some definition where needed.
As I went, I wondered how I would know when I was finished since I had no firm goal, but once I got there, I knew she was done! I hope to do more of this sort of loose and free flowing mixed media collage!
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