Creating Textures for Collage


In addition to the brush painting techniques explored in the previous mini-project, the creating of textures on deli and tissue paper offers more scope for experimenting and mark making using the same materials in different ways. We will be exploring warmer colour ranges, from ochre yellow to brick red and terracotta brown.

In the video demonstration you can see how to use paint medium and High Flow to make textured sheets that will be used for collage projects in Module Two.

The Process

You will need deli sheets, a fan brush or flat brush, all the colours in the set (apart from the two blues) and matte medium. You will need to paint this on a surface that offers a bit of cushioning such as the Mail Lite envelope or similar material. A plastic foam protection sheet had been used in the demo video.

Start off by using combinations of yellow, red and browns mixed with matte medium to create a thin layer on deli paper. Apply a clean deli sheet on top of the freshly painted paper in order to transfer the colour onto it. Pull the sheets apart and leave to dry, or use one of the two sheets to add more medium and colour and repeat the process with another sheet. You will have to work fairly quickly in order for the paint to transfer

Don't have too much paint or medium on the sheet and don't mix with white in this instance.

Just colours, use black sparingly. If the paint is difficult to transfer it might be that it has dried or the layer is too thin. Add more medium, a few drops of water and move the paint around to create effects, similar to what had been shown in the paint brush demonstration.

More layers can be added onto previously paint transferred sheets: keep the layers thin, always use medium, and no white at this stage.

This process leans itself to additional experiments such as blocking out sections by means of stencils or objects like thin leaves. Try this once you feel more familiar with the process. If you do, keep them to smaller sizes only - smaller than the palm of your hand.

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