I made this painting a couple years ago. It is kinda heavy, as it is about my mother's struggles through ECT treatments and being in and out of mental hospitals - and how inheriting some of her mental illness might affect me. It's very mixed media.
I began with a 36 x 48 canvas and swished about some yellow and red acrylic paint for a drippy-based background. Lots of water added to the mix is the trick.
Then I created a few drawings and separate embroidery works, along with a bunch of brain scans and attached them to the canvas.
Some of the drawings I made on different papers like ledger paper and a time card. I also cut small, industrial garment patters to try to spell out "Inherited Shock" in Hebrew. Most all of my work includes hand cut patterns, but these are small enough for a large doll, while the sleeve pattern in the upper right is a child's size. I use a clear, acrylic polymer to attach these collage pieces onto the canvas.
Once that is dry, I begin to cover any trace of the acrylic paint with oils.
As you can see, I can't resist but to write stuff onto the canvas, which is pretty stream of consciousness...
Once the oil is dry, I stitch around the patters with thread. I have to poke holes with a push pin first so I can see where I am going from the back side of the canvas. I walk from the front to the back, over and over to make those stitches. I also add (sew) some red and black wire onto the canvas for a little 3D effect.
And here it is done:
I forgot, I also used tape and sewing pins to "attach" some of the drawings, but they are really attached with the polymer. It was to make it look like the drawings were just "tacked" onto the canvas.