I recently saw a photo of an interesting collage that featured what looked like thin pieces of laminate on a plain white background. My mind immediately started translating it into “mixed media” and I thought it would be fun to create a similar piece in a bright color scheme. My quilting background came in handy as I chose patterned papers, figured out appropriate widths for cutting strips and created a new design. My original color scheme was bright pink, orange, lavender and white. However, after getting a little crazy preparing the background, that color scheme just didn’t seem to work.
Many art experts say you should never fall in love with your background….but I did! Rather than viewing the disparate background as a problem, I chose to go with it and make a whole new design in a new color scheme to use it.
The final photo shows the piece with a bit of blue added to background and a layer of brown glaze to unify the background color. I think it’s finished, but may tweak the glaze tomorrow.
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