I love collage! I used to do a lot of it, mostly paper collage, then I switched to mostly digital collage, and now do a little mixed media collage. But for 2014, I think one of my resolutions will be to get back to some paper collage. It's a great way to blend texture, color and even lettering. Here are a few of my paper collages from years past. You may see more examples of various art I do on my website.
This one incorporates a Nietsche quote in black letter calligraphy. To get the red lettering to show up on the black paper I first lettered in red to no avail. I lettered over it with white, then again with red. Tediously exacting, but worth it. I could have sold it about 7 times at Art in Speed Park the year I made it, but a couple bought it and left it at my booth while they shopped so others seeing it were disappointed. I still love it. I hope they do too!
The Earth Speaks, The Moon Listens. This is on of a series of layered paper collages. They often incorporated handmade and/or hand painted papers and calligraphy.
This is Asia Blue I. It was one of a pair in the same colors and theme. It has calligraphy, painted papers, embroidery threads, embossing, thin sticks and a small paper-cut meant to emulate a Chinese 'chop'.
Here's one from a couple of years ago, made as a birthday card. Papers were painted and lettered, cut to shape and glued on flat. Details were added in colored pencil. I used to do a lot of torn and cut paper funky bird collages, but made no photos to document them. I want to make more!
This was an early one, and won a first place award in a state competition. I called it Ya-Te-Hey. It has a peahen feather, homemade papers, sticks, wires and embroidery floss echoing the colors in the papers.
Latin Wisdom was part of a small hanging booklet, made like a Jacob's Ladder.
2014 for me will at least partially be ' The Year of Collage' - or at least the year I revisit collage. Of course, I will still mostly do my wedding calligraphy!
by Jan Hurst