Here's how I start my multi layered collage pictures.
Always I have bits left over from other collages or mixed media work using paper. So I decided after the studio clear up that I have to make an effort to use these leftovers up.
I took a sheet of A2 cartridge paper, heavy texture medium, to use as the glue and the box of bits and pieces.
Here are the results.
Victorian adverts and front header of a newspaper.
French fashion plates, more Victorian newspapers items and sheet music.
1950 knitting booklet and some Edwardian babies.
Here's what they might look like in a multi aperture mount. I'm going to call this series Fragments.
Its quite fun when you get a pair of eyes peeking out of a narrow aperture as in row 2 column 1. If you are not happy with your collage just keep adding bits until you get what you want. You can buy multi aperture mounts for photographs. The ones I have were from another arty friend who could not think what to do with them.
I often paint these using acrylic paint and glazing medium. Then drag a notched piece of plastic over to make a pattern. Have a look at my previous post for examples. I also add images from children's picture books or annuals. These little characters interact with the background figures.
These examples are not finished yet I have to play around some more. That's why I love my art you get to play!
Now I'm off to Handmade Harbour to visit some other talented bloggers blogs.