Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dragonfly Song

Dragonfly Song
10 x 8 mixed media on watercolor paper
by Miki Willa
I created this collage using handmade paper, card images, sheet music, batik fabric. I enjoyed working with the deep oranges and reds in this piece. I really like the use of old music books to remind me that there is music in all the earth's creatures if we listen hard enough.
I am still trying to learn how to do successful image transfers. If anyone has a suggestion about where to go to learn this technique, I would really appreciate it.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

No. 2 in the Creation mini series

Earth Music
5 x 4 mixed media on 300# watercolor paper
by Miki Willa
I did this small collage several weeks ago, but forgot to post it. This one was inspired by an erupting volcano. I used tissue paper, hand made paper, altered newsprint, red and gold foil paper, and old sheet music.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Altering paper with paint

I have been having almost as much fun altering paper for my collage work as I have been creating collages and visual journal pages. Above are parts of four papers. The papers on the left and right are done on watercolor paper. The green one is on shiny palette paper. The red is a page out of a newspaper. I have used all but the red, which I just created, in my collage work. I have decided that one can never have enough papers for collage. The best thing is I can use paper I have anyway from magazines, newspapers, grocery bags, and the list goes on. Wonderful way to learn about color and paint application. I used sponges or old credit cards for each of these.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mini collages

Tag bookmarks
mixed media
by Miki Willa
I have had these tags for many, many years. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them until now. They are great for making mini collage bookmarks. I can experiment with different papers and things from nature. I can try out different color combinations, and use background paper I don't think I would like in a larger size piece. They will make great little pick-me-up gifts. I have many more tags and many more fun ideas. Glad I hung on to them.

Working in layers

Tranquility and Happiness
6 x 4 mixed media on 300# watercolor paper
by Miki Willa
This is an example of a work that designed itself. I started out with a simple composition in mind. It got more complicated with each new element I added. As I layered the papers, some hand made and some from magazines, I felt it was getting too busy. I decided to unify it a bit with titan buff acrylic and a sponge. At this point, I was really liking the layers and textures created by the different papers and the sponge application. When that all dried, I chose some dark purple acrylic and rubbed it in selected places to highlight some of the texture. I also added the kanji for tranquility and for happiness, because the colors reminded me of both emotions. There was a point at which I was pretty sure this was going to be a throw-away. I am so glad I listened to that little voice inside me that told me how to make it work.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Seer

The Seer
5 x 7 tissue paper, handmade paper, magazine image on card stock
by Miki Willa
I decided to use some of the tissue paper I found in a box in the closet. I had carefully folded and saved these papers for a few years with plans to use them for wrapping presents. I think this is a much more exciting use. I tore the paper and overlapped it in places to create different shapes and values. I love the paper with the really open weave. It gives such great texture. I am not sure whether or not this will become part of the creation series. Time will tell.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Creation series #1

The Firmament Awakens
5 x 4 hand made paper on 300# watercolor paper
by Miki Willa
I have set a goal to create 13 collages for the international collage exchange next year. I realize this is an ambitious goal for someone who just started in this medium, but I believe it is a worthy goal. I have decided on a creation theme. To begin, I am creating a series of 4 x 5 collage "sketches" in preparation for the larger pieces. This is the first one in the series.

I will be using my favorite palette for the series: ochers and blues with some greens. The ochers come in colors from ecru to deep orange and red. There are golds, yellows and browns. These are total earth colors. The blues represent the air and water to me. The greens represent living things. I am excited about the series and will post them here as I finish them.