Several have asked if we could explore watermedia on collaged paper adhered to hot press watercolor sheets, so here is my own list and how-to info
You can see a recent forum thread HERE
˝ sheet (15x22) hot press watercolor paper any brand
Gouache paint any brand (or add white to watercolor)
Watercolor and/or acrylic paint any brand
Usual brushes, bowls for water, paper towels or old washrags
Oil pastels, Caran D’Ache water-soluble pastels, or colored pencils, inks (optional-used for accents)
Derivan Matisse Background acrylic jar paint (available from Jerry’s Artarama)
Matte medium – I use Liquitex (don't use gesso!)
Jar for ˝ water, ˝ matte medium mixture
Large telephone book yellow and white pages
Masking 1” tape, good quality
Craft synthetic brush 1.5” or sponge applicator type house painting brush
Large flat palette knife
Patterned collage paper such as gift wrap, not too shiny or thick
Coates brand charcoal vine sticks, very thin, for line drawing onto dry prepared paper
Photo reference to draw
Use 4 phone book pages/half sheet HP paper. Coat one section on paper using water/matte medium mixture, lay page down, doing each one at a time, pressing down with hands and fingers. DO NOT COAT THE TOP OF PHONE BOOK PAGES. Quickly lay 1” masking tape lengthwise, pressing hard with palette knife. Wait 10 minutes only, then you’ll pull each tape strip off along with the pages. Some will readily remove and some will stick. If edges curl, remove them until all is fairly flat. Set aside to thoroughly dry. Don't recoat!
When dry, draw your large shaped subject matter on the paper with charcoal. It does not have to be a figure. You may use any subject. There are no mistakes with this fun art method. Liz Hill likes to draw pigeons, etc., so do check out her website/blog for inspiration or mine for step by steps.
I will post photos of the above instructions here so anyone can easily see the fun that is about to begin.
Enjoy!!! Any questions, PM me or ask here.