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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hand Made Collage Paper Organization

 I have been making papers to use in collage.  I especially like using old copy paper that has been printed on - old emails or documents that are no longer needed.  Junk mail, magazines.  These all go into one pile in the wet studio and these are the base for further painting and printing and mark making.  Once I have a batch of them - they go into file folders according to color or type and these are filed in a filing cabinet drawer.

When it comes time for some "one of a kind" papers - I have lots to pick from.  I find I like working with my own papers far better than using magazine pages.


Eileen said...

These are wonderful. Do you use alcohol to smear the ink or images? Then free form paint? I would like to read more of your step by step process.

Thank you.

Cynthia St Charles said...

Hi Eileen, I will do some more in depth posts about how I make the collage papers. I see that I could expand much more on this process and show many more examples. Promise to do that sometime soon.

Eileen said...

I deeply appreciate your generosity Cynthia.
Do you know what product one would use say if you wanted to paint on old purses, whether they are leather, or fabric. What would be the binder to make the paint adhere and what would you use to protect the paint? I was thinking of using acrylic paint. It could be a fun project. If you have any ideas I would like to know. I couldn't find anything on google.

Have you ever used dissolving thread? I once saw a youtube that has been dismantled on using dissolving thread, scraps of fabric and I think solvy. Then there was a burning technique at the end which allowed the fabric to pucker a bit. It was fun, to see.
So many wonderful things to create!

If you ever come to Kelowna British Columbia, let me know. I would be happy to show you around. Wine country!

Happy Easter Cynthia.

Cynthia St Charles said...

Eileen, I have never painted an old handbag, but if I was planning on it - I would use acrylic paint, as you suggest. There are many types of acrylic paints to choose from! If you have fabric paint (that is acrylic with a fabric medium added) - I am certain that would be successful. I also think you could get away cheaper with some of the little acrylic bottles sold in craft stores - they make some that are formulated for outdoors and I think they would hold up well. If you are not sure the paint would bond well with the leather, as in - if it is slick or stained - maybe a coat of gesso would serve well. That really helps with bonding. Good luck. I find almost all acrylic paints are very resilient, flexible, and waterproof after drying. I'd love to see a picture of your finished product, if you decide to do it!