Lighted Collage Painting

I have a dark room, and wanted something that gave out a little ambient light and decorated the wall at the same time.

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I painted the back black so light would not shine through where I didn’t want it.  Then I whitewashed it, and let the colors drip.

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Then I began cutting into the canvas.

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This was a lot of trial and error. 🙂

It always is.

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I wanted it to have two different looks:  one in regular light, and one when it is backlit.  (Upper right corner, above photos.  I cut some shapes out, then covered it with this luscious handmade Nepal paper my friend got me for my birthday.  Can’t see through it with the light out.  Fun secrets!)  I used a string of LED lights attached around the edge on the wooden canvas frame.

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I went through a lot of Exact-o blades!!!  This was done over the course of many days…

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Some of the leaves I covered with plain tissue paper, others I covered with textured tissue paper.  I used gel medium to attach everything.

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I love the results.  I think collage is going to be a part of my work more often!

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~ by collidescopes on September 25, 2014.

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