art, collage, mixed media

Mixed media collage artwork

This week I have been working on a mixed media collage piece using a limited colour palette (something I usually find really hard to do!). I challenged myself to create a background using printed images of vintage text and then creating some artwork over the top.

Close up photo of Mixed media collage piece
Close up photo of Mixed media collage piece

After printing off some vintage text onto white paper, I ripped the sheets up into random sized pieces and glued down. I gave the background a good hour to dry before using a child’s sponge brush to apply watered down acrylic print all over the background. Some areas I applied the acrylic paint thicker than others, so as to give a more opaque look.

Mixed media artwork using vintage text collage for the background and black ink and white gel pens for the detail
Mixed media artwork using vintage text collage for the background and black ink and white gel pens for the detail

I then gave this another hour to dry before creating the flowers and leaves that would be the main images. First I drew the flowers, just roughly with a pencil and then went over with a black pen. Then I painted in the image I had just drawn with white acrylic paint. Once dry, I started applying my detail using a black ink pen and white gel pen.

I found the limited colour palette challenging as I usually work with several colours if not all colours, but I’m happy with the outcome!

 

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