Welcome back to Part Two of how and why I collage first before painting!
In Part One, you saw me tearing and gluing black & white copies of patterns. I make my own patterns of stripes, checkerboards, stars or squiggles - then Xerox
them in various sizes. The glue, you may recall, was acrylic gel medium.
spread the glue - heavily - all over the surface of the watercolor paper. Then, I tear and glue down the patterns until I feel enough visual interest is well on its way to possible surprises. Then, I continue to spread more gel medium on top of everything, getting rid of any air bubbles.
In this short video, I now begin painting transparent color - covering over some areas with an opaque color. While still wet, I prefer to begin wiping away and scraping some areas to simplify the composition - all the while searching and revealing
surprises within the painting.
Having titled the painting before starting - SPLIT LEVEL - I'll continue painting and drawing with water-soluble pencils until the title is clearly revealed. For now, this is how and why I tear collage papers before painting.
Rip it Good...