8" x 8"
by jojo sabalvaro tan
Mixed media collage
Acrylic paint, paper, fabric, scrapbooking supplies, glue, glitter
Unfortunately, I was so engrossed in creating this project and doing each step on the fly that I neglected to document the steps with photos.
I began by painting the face, neck and hair of the Mother and Child. This time, I used acrylic paints due to the gesso coating on the board which watercolor does not adhere to well. Daniel Smith makes a watercolor ground that supposedly you can apply to any surface and make them suitable for watercolors. I have yet to try it to see if it works. I then started tracing elements of the drawing on transfer paper and proceeded to cut fabric and scrapbook paper to size. I used glue stick to adhere them to the surface; starting with the bottom layer first which was the background, then the clothes and lastly, the veil. The halos were painted with metallic gold paint. I freeform cut pieces of paper for the tree branches and then attached paper flowers. Some fine tuning was done with watercolor pencils, watercolors, colored pencils and Pitt artists pens.
I decided to additionally embellish the piece with acrylic rhinestones and lettering spelling out the word "Rejoice."
The sides of the board were painted a persimmon color picking up the color of one of the flowers. This piece does not require framing. The entire piece was sealed with Mod Podge which I was not very happy with since it tended to buckle the paper. But, overall, I am pleased enough with how this turned out to consider it a candidate for our 2012 Christmas Card. This was so much fun, I think I will do it again. You guys should try it too.