Friday, August 14, 2009

Painting Collage Papers, Part Three

For monoprint, I create a pattern with the brush and heavy body acrylics, painted directly onto the plexiglass/trashbag surface. Then, I press the paper into the paint and pull a print. This process is very good for showing brush texture and interesting patterns. Typically I paint the paper a shade first (in this case the paper is yellow with fluid acrylic), let it dry, and then monoprint a complimentary color in heavy body OR fluid acrylic (in this case ochre in heavy body).

You can also monoprint first on white paper, let that dry, and paint over it with watered down fluid acrylic so that the monoprint shows through. Experimentation is the name of the game, using colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel, or analogous colors, look pleasant together because they are closely related. Orange, yellow-orange, and yellow are an example of analogous colors. Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh is an example of a painting that utilizes this type of color palette.


  1. just to let you know- Gerri wasn't there, I just spoke to the sale's person, but didn't get her name. I told her all kinds of things!

  2. Hi Elizabeth,
    I have enjoyed seeing your techniques for painting collage papers. I am a beginner at collage so it really opens a new door for me. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I enjoy your blog very much. Could I ask what paper do you use for your painted papers?
    I have used tissue paper before. Thanks :-)

  4. Thanks for sharing this technique, Elizabeth. I want to know, too. What type of paper did you start with for this one? Thanks so much!

  5. For this yellow one I started with a yellow sheet of handmade paper that I purchased at my local art store. I have had issues with fading in some purchased art papers, so I have decided to paint all of my collage papers before incorporating them into my work. SO, I took a golden yellow fluid acrylic paint and completely painted over this yellow paper and now has a color that will not fade. The paper has wonderful soft hand-made quality to it with some thickness and it tears very nicely, so I am glad that I have it and it's nicer than starting with plain white.


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