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Acrylic Collages, an explanation
Defensible Space
Landscape One
Stratiform Two
Portrait of a Zebra
Infinity With Leaf
King of Hearts
Blue Line
Alluvial Two
<Moon on Pines
Praying for Rain
Layers Four
Dark Sun
<Blowing in the Wind
City on the Hill
Midsummer Night
Stratiform One
Time Warp

Layered Acrylic Collage—An Explanation

I developed my technique for layered Acrylic Collage by a series of happy accidents. I was gluing gold composition leaf to a canvas, and the metal turned green and blue. It took me two years to stabilize the process and make materials that can be rolled folded, and cut with scissors.

The process takes a month to make and cure the acrylic materials. I create layers of acrylic mediums, a texture layer (usually leaves, because they are free) and a layer of metal leaf. I place more layers of medium over the metals and the colors come up spontaneously. I add two layers of acrylic varnish, and the material for two weeks, which deepens the colors. The acrylic material does not change color again.

I have tested it in sunshine for over a year. The acrylic materials are ten layers deep and do look different at different angles and under different light. When people buy my collages in the parks, I warn them that the artwork will look different at home under incandescent or fluorescent light. The colors come up according to the weather…humidity, air temperature, and air movement. I am using about twenty different kinds of metals, and seven different acrylic mediums.

Every time I think that I can control the results, the material shows me something new. I embellish my Layered Acrylic Collages with purchased glass, beads, wire, and threads. I pain my own frames on the wrapped canvas and cradled wood because any purchased frame looks dead against the depth of the acrylic materials. I have recently begun adding my own kiln-fused glass. My goal is to make as much original material as possible to use in my collages.