(Flowered Sunrise-Mar. 24, 2017- Measures around 18.5 x 17 cm)
When I start a larger project, I end up getting scraps from a material which gives me extra ideas. "Flowered Sunsrise and the following green mushroom collages on watercolor were the beginning of a small collection of scrap pictures made from leftover bits of a magic eraser box and a few other flier papers.
These mini projects began after I completed two larger images you can see on the post- Lewa The Last Windbreaker.
I had taken a picture of the process for Flowered Sunset. Forgot to look at the picture as reference later during the gluing, but the set up turned out all right.
Most of the elements of this picture were magic eraser box scraps, excluding the flower and butterfly, which were made from flier pieces and a bit of marker/pen detail.
I changed my mind about using the background shown in this photo, and created a new one with brighter green moss and the use of a Tim Holtz stencil for creating my sunbeams.
The previous background was saved and used for one of the mushroom images shown below.
(Green Glow-Mar. 25, 2017 left- measures around 16.5 x 21.5 cm) (The Green Mushroom Toxic-Mar. 24, 2017 right- measure around 23.5 x 19.5 cm)
With the mushrooms made from magic eraser box scraps, I created the two images above, and gave them titles written in French for interest.
I used letter stenciling for the titles, (Vert Luer- "Green Glow"-left), and the other (Le Vert Champignon Toxique- "The Green Mushroom Toxic"- right).
Different mediums were used for these. The right one was given a watercolor background, stamped, and then accented with green marker and jell pen.
The one on the left was placed onto black paper that I added pan pastel to for a soft glow. I really wanted to make them seem like cave mushrooms.
During the process I also discovered a way of making a fairly non toxic sealant for pastel work. I experimented with Elmer's glue mixed with dish soap and water, then tried the same thing using Liquitex varnish. To my surprise, it actually worked, though it kind of dries in an odd, dull sort of way. Regardless, I appreciate it as a simple sealant for the fact it has no odor, unlike the sealants that come in spray cans.
Only set back of using a homemade glue spritz in a small spritz bottle is that the water may cause your paper to slightly warp, and you have to keep up on cleaning the spray nozzle after every use to avoid clogging.