“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have.”
This is a page out of my art journal and is an example of paint over collage. You can see the map papers, book pages, and other elements (like a magazine cut out of the word lucky) barely hidden beneath the paint, but did you know there is a magazine image under the face as well? The new face looks entirely different, but gluing in a cut out to paint on top of can help with proportion and angle of the features.
When cutting a face out of a magazine, I don’t worry about the hair, just the face. Nothing has to be neat and tidy, because you will be painting on top anyway. I simply coat the collaged piece with clear gesso, let dry, and then paint in my own style!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!