I was playing around with transparencies and came up with this index card composition:
I started by painting directly on a transparency, spritzing it with water and blotting it with an index card.
I created another transparency with this homemade foam stamp:
I added a piece of it to my index card
Then I added the transparency from the first picture
I snipped some little squares from black paper and created a line
The next layer is a transparency on which I painted a circle, and blotted off some of the paint so it would be more translucent.
One more transparency was added - this time it was stamped with circles made from plastic canvas
The final layer is this line of ink, drawn directly on the top transparency:
It was an interesting experiment, and I kind of like it. Up close it has some interesting depth, but all those layers of glue and plastic make it kind of hazy and muddy.
Here's question that arose as I went to scan and label it - is it collage?
It's got six layers of paper/plastic glued together into an interesting arrangement, yet I classify it more as a painting than a collage.
Out of curiosity, I recreated this composition without using any transparencies. I simply painted and stamped directly on a single index card. Here's the results:
It's much more colorful and vibrant. The layers show more detail. And it's unarguably a painting, not a collage.
So what about these?
This next one is a painted index card (orange), a painted transparency (red circle), stamped tissue paper (black circles), book page and paper squares.
This one starts as a painted index card, adds three painted transparencies, a scrap of paper and a scrap of fabric.
This next one has two pieces of hand painted paper glued to a blank index card (turquoise and black stripes) followed by two layers of stamped transparency (text and white dots) followed by two layers of stamped tissue (white circles and black leaf)
Finally this one doesn't use any transparencies. It uses a painted index card as the base and has paper scraps and stamped tissue on it.
They can all be defined as mixed media pieces, but which ones would you call collage?
For the sake of my "365 collages" challenge, I'm calling the bottom four collage.
How do you define collage?