Tracing paper is spattered with purple acrylic paint, crinkled and dry brushed with metallic silver acrylic. Creating custom collage papers is a great way to infuse a signature look into your work.
A painted background is imprinted with a sprig coated with embossing ink. The wet ink is covered with embossing powder and a heating element is employed to raise the gold surface. Raised surfaces provide an intriguing tactile environment. Synthetic mesh is dripped with liquid acrylic and sponged with gold. Utilizing alternative materials in your work will create intrigue. Self-leveling clear gel, liquid acrylic and metallic interference paints are swirled with a sharpened stick, then left to harden in a flat mold and later removed. You can also embed the clear gel with low relief add-ons for additional effects. Acrylic paint is dropped into matte gel medium and marbled with a wide-tooth comb. You can also use a sharpened wooden stick to draw into the surface, creating a unique design. Facial tissue is folded, manipulated and adhered to a surface using acrylic matte medium. Washes of acrylic paint are applied on top. Tissue paper and paper towels can also be used to create a similar texture. Handmade paper embedded with natural fibers is primed with gesso and washes of Burnt Sienna and copper acrylic are applied on top. The raised surface is wiped with a cloth to reveal a tactile environment. Creating your own handmade paper is a terrific way to establish a distinctive, collage-based environment. Corrugated cardboard is adorned with pearlescent acrylics and dripped with latex paint. The raised paper surface provides an eye-catching element for any two-dimensional surface. Debossed wallpaper is imprinted using leaves and acrylic paints. You can also emboss and deboss your own paper using a template and a stylus. Die-cut and embossed paper is treated with silver acrylic and adhered to a painted surface. Brown ink is applied on top while the surface is sprayed with a water bottle. The ink puddles and begins to drip while the excess is removed with a paper towel for a weathered appearance. There are many techniques available when it comes to aging and distressing collage and assemblage accents. Gold and copper acrylic is sponged on top of a black base using a large sponge with irregular holes. Explore both natural and man-made sponges to get a variety of imprints. Heavy-duty aluminum foil is crinkled and manipulated to create an overall embossed texture. Black ink is applied to the surface and wiped away to create an interesting patina. Do not use nonstick aluminum foil, as it will not work. Regular foil does the trick just fine. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what you have unearthed in your journey of experimentation and exploration! copyright 2012 Lisa L. Cyr, Cyr Studio LLC Wall Paper from Lisa Cyr Wallpaper 1- Size 800 x 500 Size 1024 x 770 Size 1680 x 1050 Wallpaper 2- Size 800 x 500 Size 1024 x 770 Size 1680 x 1050 Wallpaper 3- Size 800 x 500 Size 1024 x 770 Size 1680 x 1050 Wallpaper 4- Size 800 x 500 Size 1024 x 770 Size 1680 x 1050 About Lisa L. Cyr, Instructor Lisa L. Cyr (www.cyrstudio.com) is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. Her highly imaginative, fantasy-inspired works use layers of metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr’s visually tactile, mixed-media work is composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. An artist member of the Society of Illustrators NYC and the International Society of Experimental Artists, Cyr’s work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online. She has authored seven books on art and design and writes for many of the creative industry’s leading art publications. In addition, Cyr gives workshops across the country and teaches in several of the top MFA graduate programs. MORE RESOURCES FOR MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS • Improve your mixed media art with books, DVDs, downloads & from the North Light Shop • Sign up for your FREE Create Mixed Media email newsletter for great tips, projects & more • Get unlimited access to mixed media art instruction ebooks • Download free mixed media desktop wallpapers