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Old 10-24-2011, 05:44 PM
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Watercolor collaging

Hi. New here. I am wanting to paint paper with watercolor, cut it, and collage it. I just tried it with some printing paper but I'm not sure what it was. Would paper lay flat if I used Reeves BFK 110 lb printing paper? Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:56 PM
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Hi Dvora,

I know it is possible to do this because my instructor showed us in one of my classes. You might check out her newest book New Creative Collage Techniques: How to Make Original Art Using Paper, Color and Texture to see if this is what you are wanting to do.

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Old 10-24-2011, 08:27 PM
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Hi! I've never tried collaging, but I've heard of folks using rice paper, light weight watercolor paper....all kinds of things! But, my guess is that you have to use a 300 lb. paper or a nice board to mount them, because I'm thinking the collage will be used in conjunction with the watercolor scene? or that you may want to add touches to the collage with more watercolor? Collage is a fascinating technique which I haven't tried (YET!!!! )...I hope you share your final watercolor with us! and what worked best for you!

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Old 10-24-2011, 10:37 PM
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Collage has been my first love and I use all sorts of paper and ephemera to create a piece. I have not however used Rives BFK but found that Cheap Joes mentions its use for watercolour:

http://www.cheapjoes.com/cat/4841/

If it buckles, lay it flat under a heavy book or two to weigh it down and the next morning it should be flat.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:08 AM
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I've done some funky collage work. I painted on 140 lb. paper, tore it up, then glued it back on top of other 140 lb. paper. I like the "depth" the heavy paper provided. And I have to admit, it was fun to tear up the paper.



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Neat collages, Rhodylady.

What did you use to adhere the torn up paper to the under sheet?

Did you seal the finished works with a spray varnish or leave them as is?

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I have done some painting/collage work and glued it on watercolor paper. After I usually glue my pictures first, then do my painting. then I put my finishing glaze on the collage work only.

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Dvora, you can see 3 of my collages on my etsy link. I have two trees on there and I also did a artist palette with torn paper and then painted the background. There are listed there. Nothing great but it was fun producing. Have fun.

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I've taken a few workshops from instructors who worked in collage and its results can be stunning. We used a watered down acrylic matte medium for gluing the papers. There are several actual glues that are archival that can be used.

By the way a WONDEFUL collage (watercolor/acrylic) can be seen in the new THE ARTISTS MAGAZINE (Dec 2011 issue). It took an award and its of a peacock done in collage....magnificent!
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Hurrah!!!! I will never throw out a failed practice piece again!!! Save it all and on my down days or on that lazy Sunday afternoon when I want to do art but not paint...tear and cut paper and make all kinds of lovely lovely art!!! This puts a smile on my face just thinking about it!!!!

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Old 10-25-2011, 06:25 PM
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Re: Watercolor collaging

Thank you for all the ideas. I have tried painting torn Japanese paper but I've never been happy with the results. I know Brommer does it beautifully. I'm liking what I'm getting with the BFK Rive heavy art paper. I plan to keep experimenting with it. I tried painting first, then cutting shapes, but I don't like the white edges, so I plan to reverse. I also like the way I can combine watercolor shapes and acrylic shapes. It is all fun!
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I've seen some interesting textures added by gluing pieces of wrinkled tissue paper on top of watercolors, then painting over them.

For my two pics above, I just used old Elmer's glue, and they were framed behind glass.
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Suggested book: Watercolor & Collage Workshop by Gerald F. Brommer

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I can't resist adding my favorite. Based on a photo of a friend's puppy. The lean a bit more toward black than what shows in this scan:

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Adorable painting/collage!!
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