So remember that picture I painted for my poetry book cover? Well, now that I have it scanned in and ready to go for the book, I’m going to use it to play around with some mixed media stuff. I’ve been seeing all these cool techniques and really want to try a few out.
I love the idea of adding pages from old books. I go to a lot of used book sales, and besides that, I just like words. So I wanted to add some printed words, and words I wrote by hand. I started with the picture, and wanted to add a few words from a poem I wrote years ago. The poem mentions a big red chair, and since I had one of those in the painting it seemed to fit. I took the words and printed them out on my computer, then tore up a couple pieces of scrapbook paper.
Then I combined them all together and put them on top of the picture. I used ModgePodge to glue everything. Next, I wanted to add a girl sitting in that chair. I sketched out a figure that I wanted to cut out of scrapbook paper. Then I sketched it out again on scrapbook paper, and cut. I also used a page from an old book for her head. Then I pasted it on the painting.
I added some highlights to the paper. Granted, the girl isn’t really sitting in the chair, but she is kind of in front of it. Details! Anyways, I also added some throw pillows and used embossing liquid to put the “buttons” on. Next to the chair I added a vase with flowers on top of a side table.
For the flowers I used a white ink pen and some black embossing liquid. The vase is done with paint over a page from an old book. I wrote on the table with various words, and really do not like the way it turned out. I’m going to have to play with it, or at least do something different next picture. I wanted to give the effect of words in various forms here and there throughout the picture.
I should have stopped there, but then thought I should add something above the chair. I decided on a window, and used some brown striped paper to work as “shutters.”
I think the window looked okay, but I hated the shutters. I used the same paper for the girl’s hair as I did for the shutters, which was too much. Plus, there aren’t shutters on the inside of a window, are there? I just didn’t like the overall effect. I wished I would have left it alone. But I was committed now, so I had to forge ahead. The “outside” area is a page from a book, covered in light blue paint and written on with white ink pen. I realize that the ink pen doesn’t really show up on the blue paper, but it’s not a big deal. Still, I needed to do something with that window, it bugged me. I decided to give the window curtains instead.
I liked it better with the curtains, but I didn’t love it. Still, there’s not much left I can do with this picture so I’m going to leave it. I do like using a variety of papers, so I’m going to try and do some more of those on the next picture.