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History: Animal Collages – Mixed Media

History: Animal Collages – Mixed Media

From some of my animal sketches, I created mixed media collages which I think are really fun to create.  The weimaraner collage sold at an art show for nearly $300, which was my first experience showing art in that capacity (so that was a great confidence-builder!)

For animal collages, I first sketch the animal on watercolor paper.  Then, I use old magazines to create the collage…either tearing or cutting shapes and gluing them over the sketch.  I look for interesting visuals for each piece that I tear, taking note of the colors and textures represented.

Once the collage is done, I decide what color scheme to use for a background.  I use a canvas for this and paint that in a way that will best showcase the animal collage.  Once it’s completely dry, I cut the outline of the collage from the watercolor paper and glue that to the canvas.  It adds a nice raised texture that adds interest to the piece (tough to see in pictures but more visually stimulating in person).

Once I’m happy with the artwork on canvas, I protect it with a clear varnish so that it’s ready to hang and enjoy for years to come.

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