Weekly BobBlast Issue 446
Starting an Abstract Painting Using Collage

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This Weekly BobBlast is about two techniques close to my heart…

•Starting an abstract collage (also known as a non-objective mixed media painting)
•Sticking down the collage paper.

Let's talk about the GLUE first! Acrylic Gel Medium is the adhesive I use for gluing collage papers onto the painting surface. Since the glue is acrylic and water-based, the Holbein heavy body Artist Acrylic Paint are compatible with any of the water-based products. For me, this is the perfect combination for keeping my art archival.

As promised, here are the two techniques I use to start an abstract collage:
First Technique: Brush on acrylic gel medium all over the gessoed surface. Then I press my collage papers into the surface, creating a graphic design with the collage pieces. Paint comes later, after several layers of gluing down collage papers.

Second Technique: Spread the acrylic gel medium on top of a dried acrylic painting - then press down with a brayer roller or squeegee the pieces of collage papers, creating another layer on top of the paint. More paint and more collage comes later.

A Great Tool: I use a silicon squeegee-type wedge, called a Princeton Catalyst to press down and flatten out the collage pieces. It also removes air bubbles as well as excess gel medium.

After the collage and adhesive has dried, I continue to paint on top. No problem with compatibility, as everything is water-based. The gel medium appears cloudy, but will dry clear!

When finished, the multiple layers of paint-collage-paint-collage is given a final coat of water-based varnish to ensure an overall, even sheen.

Stick it down and forget it!

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Starting an Abstract Painting Using Collage
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