Experimenting with collages

In the past couple of months I’ve been experimenting with collages. I’ve never done them before so it’s really a hit and miss affair.  I started with this one in my sketchbook: basically I just cut out shapes that came to mind using pages from an old Readers Digest book. The image developed on its own and when I was tired of all the glue I started drawing little bits in the background.

 Then came this one. I covered some paper in random colours, then on separate pieces of paper I painted different coloured designs. I cut these up and reassembled them into the birds and butterfly on the background.

 

The most recent collage is this one called “Everyone needs a Launching Pad”.  The background was painted, sploshed and textured with whatever I could find – the paint is gouache. The little donkey was cut out of a page of Readers Digest and the pig was cut out of a disaster pastel that was eventually abandoned. The wings also come from another abandoned drawing. I’m sure there’ll be more to come!