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Saturday, January 24, 2009
. . .glued myself together
When I started making these little collages, I grabbed the biggest jug of sticky stuff I had in my art stash. It just happened to be Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish, and that turned out to be a really good choice. Liquitex is maybe a little less expensive than Golden; the gloss medium tries transparent, and I like the fact that it can act as a varnish, too. I put the medium on the collage itself, on the bits and pieces I stick to the collage, and then cover each layer with the stuff. I started out using a brayer, but soon discovered that my own fingers are much more efficient.
However, I end up with glue everywhere, even though I keep a damp cloth next to me to wipe my fingers. It doesn't matter. The glue dries on my fingers and then peels off in fascinating strips, or just stays on my hands in little pieces, even after I wash them. I have a scrub brush that I use, too. . . but I'm always finding places that I have touched with my gluey fingers. I have had to pull out small chunks of hair because I had pushed it out of my face with glue-covered digits. The edges of my glass are glue-encrusted where I pushed them back up my nose. My chin and neck were glued for a while. I have had glue turn up in rather odd locations because I had an itch that demanded scratching. Maybe that's in the TMI category.
This collage was a relief to make. I didn't have a fixed color scheme. I just added whatever I wanted to use. I also want to share with you a wonderful Flickr set: http://flickr.com/photos/dailypoetics/sets/72157594239675043/. Daily Poetics added me to her contact list recently and last night I spent a lot of time looking through her collages. I think you'll agree that it was time well spent.