Here are two little boxes I decoupaged today. I have a lot of little scraps left over from larger projects and I can never bring myself to just throw them away. I happened to have these two boxes stored away. They were just simple cardboard boxes from Joann’s. I think they may be specifically for decoupaging. I have a bunch of sequins and little gems that need a home so these two boxes will work perfectly. The one of the right are colors are don’t normally put together and I quite like how it turned out. However, the one on the left is definitely my favorite of the two. Which do you prefer?
I realize working with the elements is a somewhat cliche thing to do. However, I just needed a series to work through some ideas I’m experimenting with. Right now I’m playing with layers, and manipulating the canvas. These canvases are in the 2nd stage of the process floating around in my head.
The first step was to paint with acrylic the swirled, tie-dye patterns as a base. The silver paint I was using was quite old and mixed with the other acrylic in a really interesting way. I’m not sure how that will affect the longevity of the paintings but they are just experimental right now.
The second step was to apply tissue paper to a small portion of the canvas. I wanted to capture some movement, add depth, and create texture. It also almost acts as the subject of each piece, even though its pretty abstract.
The third step, which I started on the lower left canvas (and will post a picture of later), was to cut out geometrical shapes, leaving a literal empty space in the canvas.
Thats as far as I have gotten, but I know I want to integrate figures into the canvas, and possibly add more layers of paper, tissue, and paint. Or sequins and glitter. Or stencils. Or words. All I know for sure is that these are definitely still works in progress.