Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Perfect Solution

I am always looking for a product that is effective in my collage work. Making decisions about which adhesive is best for the work is always a forethought. There are many things to consider when you are working through a collage piece. Will the adhesive affect the quality of the image, ink run, paper bubble, or tear? The one product that I have worked will that never let me down is Grafix, Double Tack Film. I mentioned it in previous blogs and artwork instructions. Please visit their website at www.grafixarts.com or take a look at their products in the art and craft stores. I guarantee you will be totally smitten!

I will be posting a five step collage piece, you won't believe how beautiful and easy these pieces look!

Monday, June 22, 2009

I have found that I love using pressed flowers in my artwork. Of course the problem with this is the application of the flower and its' longevity. The solution that has worked best for me is making a color copy of the flowers on vellum paper. This creates not only beautiful imagery but also gives the flowers a unique appearance. After you have made a color copy, apply double tack film to the back of the paper, cut out and adhere to your collage. The flowers look real, in fact, I am often asked if they are actual flowers. 

The artwork shown here are layers with an original vintage map, a color copy of a handwritten page on transparency paper (with adhesive back) and finally the color copy of flowers on vellum paper. Questions? Please feel free to contact me at ksantiago@bellsouth.net.
Create!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Ahhh life is good, I have been hard at work developing new art. Through this process I have learned much about content and technique. I am excited to share all the results! I will be posting, samplings of the art with a short summary of the "how to..." Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions. 
Enjoy and make lots of art!

This piece titled "hummingbird" was originated from a quilt design. Using the grid design of the quilt square, I cut shapes from a vintage magazine. The background is a color copy of a piece of green fabric, the bands down the side are hand written vintage pages. The adhesive used was double tack mounting film from Grafix products. The entire piece is about 8" x 8".