Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mixed Media Collages

What I learned today:  the cheapo gesso i picked up almost 2 years ago is a pain to spread...I really need a palette knife with this.  I'm not going to use the Golden (I think that is the other brand I have) which was easier to spread for this stuff---

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The other thing I learned is that I'm not that swayed to use charcoal for direct application or for details.  the sharpie, the pitt pens, and just a plain old sketch pencil worked better for me.

I'm going to contribute the inability to get the oil pastels to blend better to the low grade (cheapo) brand.  I used my fingers and also a blending stump.


The other thing I'm questioning is if I'm more drawn to the photographic image over the cartoon image.  I do believe I am.  

Even though it is not cloth and thread...I can loose myself in the processes of doing these mixed media collages.


  1. I think that I like the photographic one best. Isn't it funny about the tools 'o' the trade we choose. I have a big 'ole bottle of Liquitex Gesso that's almost gone - and think I will choose it again. Golden is kind of expensive for Gesso. Dabbling with paints, pencils and gesso is what got me so hooked on mixed media - something I never ever thought I would like. It's the focus that matters- rather than the medium. F-L-O-W feels good whatever tools we use! Love what you're doing!

  2. I use a plain ole pencil eraser to blend my cheeepo oil pastels...lots of control.