Posts Tagged ‘mixed media art’

How to make Collages from Old Damaged Books.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Re: Artwork & Article Published in US. Magazine.

 

 

Vintage Pulp

As, mentioned in an earlier post , (Vintage Pulp Fiction Collages) here are some photos of my published article last year, in “Sew Somerset Summer 2016” magazine. I have also included below, how you can to make your own mixed – media collage and drawings from damaged books. I get really addicted to making these little artworks and love reclaiming, tattered books, destined for the garbage, giving them a new life.

 

Supplies:

 

 

Supplies:
Damaged vintage “Pulp Fiction” books, or any other book
Acrylic gesso paint.
Coloured pencils, pens, inks, crayons etc. (I wouldn’t use felt pens as they might seep through)
Vintage fabric. (Damaged, stained, vintage tablecloths, tea towels, even old doilies)
Glue stick
Needle
Threads (any colour)

Equipment
Cutting mat
Box knife or scalpel
Scissors
Sewing machine (Optional)
Small cheap paint brush or, sponge brush
A few rags for wiping paint or glue

Instructions
Carefully cut or tear out a page from the book. This will be used for your artwork base.

To stabilize the delicate book page, paint each side with acrylic Gesso paint, leaving sections of text, and images showing.

Now for the fun part. Once the Gesso paint is dry, draw, paint, scribble and smudge, onto one side of the paper only. You can use paint, coloured pencils, ink, pens etc. Start gluing on bits of found text and images, cut from other pages in the book. It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s fun creating nonsense “gibber jabber”

Next, cut a piece of vintage cloth, about 1 inch – 2cm. larger, than the book page.

Leaving the edges of the cloth raw, hand or machine stitch the cloth to the page, on all 4 sides. Without being too precious, make random marks, by stitching and detouring across and through the piece, as you like.

Continue working on the collage with more stitching, marks and text, until satisfied.

Note: On the underside of the collage the stitching will have left some very interesting marks. Two artworks in one!

Displaying your artwork

The finished artwork could be displayed in a conventional frame, or in a double sided, glass or acrylic frame. As an installation, hang a piece of string from the ceiling and peg the artwork to the string. Both sides can be viewed when it swings around. Several collages could be used for journal pages, book making, or just as a piece of artwork to sit on a shelf in a special place.

Tips

Using damaged vintage books and vintage fabrics, adds to the character of the artwork and saves it from landfill.

Collect found papers, textile scraps and text to make collage.

Old books can be found cheaply, from second-hand shops, flea markets and library throw outs.

A sharp scalpel is very good for cutting close to the book spine.

Add a tiny amount of water to your Gesso paint to make it more translucent.

To give your page a more aged appearance, stain with a tea dye. Put any amount of tea bags in a sink, 1/4 filled with hot water. Plunge and leave until stained, then bake the page in a low oven for around 10 minutes.

Hope you enjoy creating your collage.
 

 

 

Unresolved, Revenge, Dangerous, Strange. Published Artworks.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

 

 

As mentioned in my previous post, here are some photographs from my published article in “Sew Somerset Summer 2016” magazine on, how to make your own mixed media collage’s, from vintage, Pulp Fiction paperback books or, any other damaged books.

 

 

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I love reclaiming and re-using, old tattered books that would otherwise, be tossed in the garbage giving them a new life and a new meaning. Instead of them being destroyed and forgotten.

 

 

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I collect discarded objects and litter from the streets, along with items people would otherwise throw away and use them in my art and installation work. I physically dismantle my collected items, and then reassemble them, with the intention to reconstruct its purpose, from its earlier meaning and appearance.

 

Vintage Pulp by Jenny Davis 4m

 

 

My artworks are little mixed-media collage’s, created from, vintage “Pulp Fiction” book pages, old linen cloth, thread, paint, coloured pencils and ink.

 

 

Vintage Pulp by Jenny Davis 14m

 

As a thank you to all my readers Use Coupon Code PUBL0616 for a  50% discount on this magazine when you checkout at Stampington.com, and buy four (4) or more copies of the title. Click on image below!

 

Mixed Media Painting on Paper. Acrylic paint. Oil Pigment. Shellac & Rag Paper.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Mixed Media Painting on Paper.

 

Acrylic paint

 

Jenny Davis_ Mixed Media on Paper

 

Oil Pigment

 

Jenny Davis_ Mixed Media on Paper 2

 

Shellac & Rag Paper

 

Building Layers. Mixed Media. Cradled Boards.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Building Layers. Mixed Media. Cradled Boards.

Mixed-media art works on cradled birch boards, I started a few weeks ago.

 

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Working on board allows me to scrape back, sand & scratch into the surface

 

Jenny Davis_Mixed Media_ 1small

 

 

I have left areas raw to show the grain. Building layers with shellac stains, found papers and textiles.

 

Jenny Davis_Mixed Media_ 3small

 

More oil pigments, graphite dust and inks.

 

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I may add some encaustic wax, as well.

See the beginning of the series  here

Work in Progress. Mixed-Media Paintings.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Work in Progress. Mixed-Media Paintings.

A few more paintings on the way.

 

Jenny Davis_Over Land 1_ 30x 30 cm._ Mixed Media

Over Land 1

 

I’m also learning how to use my new camera

 

Jenny Davis_Over Land 2_ 30 x 30cm._ Mixed MediaS

Over Land 2

 

I definitely need to use a tripod for artworks as

 

Jenny Davis_Over Land 3_ 30 x 30cm._ Mixed Media _s

Over Land 3

 

I can see some blurring with movement.

 

Textiles. Shellac. Wood. Work in Progress.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Not fully resolved, this is the first in a series of mixed-media art works on cradled wooden board, followed by further details of the process.

 

This artwork was inspired by an old piece of spotty paper.

 

Jenny Davis_Work in Progress 13s

 

I wanted to leave space around the wooden board and still show the grain

 

Jenny Davis_Work in Progress 10s

 

An old piece of canvas and hand- stitching.

 

Jenny Davis_Work in Progress 11s

 

Found papers with generous pourings of shellac and ink.

 

Jenny Davis_Work in Progress 9s

 

More papers and cloth.

 

Jenny Davis_Work in Progress 1 s

 

Jenny Davis_Work in Progress 2s

 

I’m still not satisfied and will probably sand back in areas.

 

Jenny Davis_Work in Progress 3

 

See Jenny’s other artworks in this series