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11-20-2000, 05:24 PM
I'm not sure if anyone else here has tried this before, but I've discovered a fun way to make art creations. I make mosaics out of tiny pieces (usually about a centimeter squared or so) of magazine clippings. The first one I did was based on a sketch of trees on a lake shore next to a boat house. The second "magazine mosaic" was done as a background for a photo of a friend and me. It's a project that takes a long time to do, but it's really a lot of fun. Let me know what you think of this idea.
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11-20-2000, 06:16 PM
there is an artist by the name of susan johnson who does just that, only she uses old calendars to get the colors...my only concern would be about the archival quality of the artwork.

btw: nice pieces.

http://www.artdebut.com/arlene0.htm (http://www.artdebut.com/arlene.htm)

11-20-2000, 08:09 PM
This is a great piece http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I love the use of color in the trees. I agree with Arlene though about it being archival. Take a look at some old magazines to gauge how long the piece will stand the step of time. One thing that I have done before is take old paintings, ones I have screwed up, and cut them up for mosaics. I know that the materials are archival, and I use an acrylic medium as the glue. Don't throw out those old paintings. They can be recycled.


PS Polly, I am a native Texan, but living in Idaho now.

PS Polly

[This message has been edited by sassybird (edited November 20, 2000).]

11-20-2000, 08:16 PM
I like it. I'm fasinated by the way you did the legs and the columns or whatever of the area about your heads.
Is that a boathouse on the lake in the blue area?
Very nice.

Tammy "I MUST be an Artist, artist".

11-20-2000, 10:06 PM
>my only concern would be about the archival quality of the artwork.

That's a concern I have too. I wonder if anyone knows any effective way of preserving the magazine clippings. I really like the effect of the glossy paper and the variety of patterns and textures I've found in magazines. If you have any suggestions, please share them with me!

11-20-2000, 10:10 PM
> I like it. I'm fasinated by the way you did the legs and the columns or whatever of the area about your heads.

The area above our heads is supposed to be the continuation of the window frame, but the frame in the photo didn't really show up when I scanned it. The legs are actually my favorite part.

Thanks for the compliments!


11-21-2000, 08:15 PM
Polly, I don't believe there is anyway to preserve the magazine clippings where they won't disintergrate over time. However, if you experiment with what I suggested and then use a clear gloss medium over the whole piece or in select areas it would give you much the same result.


11-23-2000, 06:34 AM
I love these peices! They're really neat! Yes, i would varnish over them with something & i would also choose to put them under glass. Cindy would be soemone to talk to about archival properties of these types of things. (she does collages) What patience you must have! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I'd like to see more. What is the shallac stuff they use on decoupage?
Sassy, thanks for the idea of using old flopped paintings.

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11-23-2000, 02:56 PM
i've seen a product advertised that neutralizes paper pH. i don't know what it's called, nor do i know where to buy it, but i'd check on dick blick (use the link off the front page) http://www.dansmith.net

also check maybe pearl or cheap joe's


11-24-2000, 09:07 PM
Very very nice work. You have done well. There is an artist here in Oz who does this too only she makes paintings by cuting up her own paintings into squares and oblongs to create lanscapes.
Maybe you could try a waterbased glue (clear) painted over the top, we here use diluted 'Boncrete' and/or 'Aquahere' Good luck

12-08-2000, 09:06 PM
Yes, the color will quickly fade... I do lightfast tests on everything - from watercolor and pastel to laser prints. I highly recommend you get in the habit of testing everything and every medium you use. Just create a little 4" square piece of paper with all your colors, etc, and cover half with a piece of cardboard (taped over half of it) and leave it under the windshield in your car for at least two months. Then, take off the cardboard and compare the two halves... you will be amazed at the results. I throw out certain pastel sticks because of this. some colors are just not lightfast enough... magazines and computer prints have the same problem, of course, and UV varnish doesn't help much (especially in spray form)