Whenever I go to a thrift store, I always find myself in the book section looking for vintage children’s books. I am drawn to the lovely vintage colors in the pages and illustrations. I had been wanting to use some pages out of one of the books I had bought in a collage. The pages had such great color and lines. The book was in good shape and I couldn’t bring myself to tear out the pages. Every time that book caught my eye though, I would think about how great some of the pages would look when torn and added into a collage. I finally decided to go for it.
I collaged torn pieces of the book pages onto a piece of mixed media paper and added a coat of collage medium to the top of the collaged papers. Next I randomly brushed on acrylic paints. In one section I let the darker red paint set a few seconds, sprayed with water and then lifted some of the paint with a paper towel. Using a rubber stamp and a black Faber Castell big brush pen, I randomly scribbled over the stamp and pressed it onto the paper. I like using the big brush pens because if you stamp something and do not like it, you can quickly wipe it off with a baby wipe as long as you have an acrylic medium covering your paper. Once dry the ink becomes permanent. I also love the pens because they have no smell. I mounted the painting to a wood panel, and let it dry overnight. I then added some lines using Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio paint the comes in a little bottle with a tip for drawing. Next I adhered some drywall tape to the painting. The tape was already yellow but I wanted it to match the yellow of the Studio paint color so I painted it with gesso and, once the gesso dried, I brushed on some of the Studio paint.
I am glad that I let go of my apprehension about using the book pages. I love all the rich colors and lines in this one.