The title for this piece came more from the feeling I get when I look at it. I get a sense of peace and serenity. The focal, center print of this artwork is cotoneaster. I LOVE this print! It feels delicate and soft and feminine. The yellow and green embellished papers just compliment the cotoneaster so well. This piece is just so lovely to look at.
"Serenity" is a mixed media collage made up of a botanical mono print, acrylic embellished colored papers, and stamped leaves. There is some shiny gold metallic paint in the green paper on the left. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind artwork.
The original inspiration for my recent collage work has come from the pile of imperfect linocut prints that I have accumulated over the course of the last 4 years. Parts of them were good, other parts, unacceptable. I knew I wanted to use the good parts somehow, someday. That time is now.
The cotoneaster is a mono print. This is a new printing process for me. A thin layer of acrylic paint is rolled out on a plate of gelatin, and ferns were placed on top of the wet paint. Paper placed over the top was lightly pressed, and the paper peeled back, revealing the botanical image.
The acrylic embellished papers come from my love of painting. I use various texturing techniques with the paint to create a, "visual texture." Many of these papers have gold metallic or iridescent white. I love the way the paper looks when it sparkles and shines :)
*All materials used for this collage are acid free and archival.
*Size: Art is 10"x10" mounted on a 12"x12"sheet of Stonehenge printing paper with one deckle edge on the bottom.
*Framing Suggestion: I would suggest having an acid free mat cut for the collage and framing it in a 14"x14" or 16"x16" frame, if you like a lot of mat. Acid free mat board will keep the paper from yellowing with age. The mat will keep the collage away from the glass, just in case moisture gets inside the frame. And always, the best way to protect any original art piece is to be sure to not hang it in direct sunlight or close to a bright lamp which will age and fade the artwork.
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