The aim of this technique is to re-purpose the kind of paper and plastic which come to me without me having to go looking for it at all. It’s really just a matter of collecting up this stuff. Preparation involves cutting up the plastic into a variety of shapes and sizes, and tearing up the paper material. Then, as i go, I cut up some useful shapes for facial features as I see fit. This technique is very easy on the hands, and incredibly cost effective, so I expect to be doing more of these in the colder months.
I glue it all down with mod podge glue, and once dry I paint over them with acrylic gel medium.
Collaged Face #1
Collage with newsprint, coupons and plastic bags on 600gsm paper.
Collaged Face #2
Collage with plastic bags on 600gsm paper.
I have a lot of time for old school animation, and the way this video complements the music really takes me places:
After using my paper trimmer to chop up some junk mail into different widths of vertical strips, I took some pieces of paper which I had painted on with water and indian ink and put them into my newly acquired paper shredder. I then collaged the strips side-by-side onto 620gsm paper. The previous day I had been fusing together pieces of plastic bags. Today I cut a primitive/naive looking hand from one of those fused plastic collages. I then cut out two sides of of a white translucent shopping bag and fused the hand shape in between to two sheets of white ( kind of “trapping’ it in the plastic).
I then glued the plastic onto the collaged paper strips, which created an interesting visual effect, while also serving to protect the surface.
It all sits inside a recycled frame which I did a white on black DIY crackle effect on.