This is a mixed media painting I recently completed on an 11 x 14 inch canvas. Last year, I found a wonderful vintage bookkeeping journal at my favorite antique shop. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use it as an art journal or use the papers in collage. I put it aside but found myself leafing through it occasionally. I love the feel and fragility of vintage paper. When there is handwriting on it, all the better! The first page in the journal had this wonderful golden brown tone with a nice sheen to it that I just couldn’t resist using as collage.
For the initial layer, I collaged on some torn pieces from the journal to the canvas and then did some painting and stamping. Next I collaged on some torn pieces of deli paper from my stash. The papers were painted with Golden acrylic paints and then covered in interference paint. This gave the paper a beautiful reflective surface that is just lovely when the light hits it.
Next I added some Golden molding paste above and below the collaged deli papers with a palette knife. I was careful not to completely cover the vintage papers from the first layer. I made some marks in the molding paste to create texture. Once the paste dried, I did some more painting with acrylics along with some watercolor crayons and once dry, I added some more molding paste. After that layer of paste dried, I added more color with acrylics and watercolor crayons. I finished it off by painting the sides black.
Here is a picture of the journal and a piece of the first page. The pages in the journal are dated from January to March 1910.