encaustic mixed media 6x12
This painting started out as a very unfortunate guitar playing woman "rocker". She honestly never got out of the ugly teenager state - the more I worked on her the poor thing became more challenged in her appearance. She's been hanging out in the studio waiting to become a layer and move forward to bigger and better things. Today seemed to be a likely day to repurpose my Rockin Rocker Girl. So in staying with the "rocker" theme, I covered up the unfortunate woman with paper and fabric and tissue and book pages and whatever else was in reach in the studio and launched on with the Rockin Rockfish Rock Star. I've been wanting to do mixed media fish for a long time and today seemed to be the day to give it a try. Can't tell you how happy it made me to have that poor musician fade away into the background - you can actually still see a peep of her hair and forehead under the fishy tail :).
The original plan was to make the body of the fish from the mixed bits, but since the guitar player had to be covered, I decided to go with the mixed bits in the background. I've been experimenting with putting fabrics into the wax paintings and I'm liking it. So, if any of you have lightweight, printed on or woven natural fiber fabrics that you want to get rid of - I'll take them :)
So, as I'm working on the mixed media thing - collage thing - I'm learning a lot - like I need more paper!! (and stuff) ;)
So, I ask that fellow collage artists and mixed media Mavens from Paint Party Friday, please to pass forward any tips or tricks to creating good collage and mixed media paintings. It would be greatly appreciated :)