Halloween, Right? - Mixed Media collage (20" x 9" )
[oil pastel, dye ink, paper, inkjet transfer, colored pencil, graphite, vintage transistors]
And this (BTW< can you find where this one is in the first piece above?)
The eyes are an inkjet transfer near the top left side of the collage.
The transfer had no nose or mouth -- only the eyes. Didn't it fit in well?
It was lots of fun to make because it practically painted itself! I started with a large piece of stiff Bristol paper. For the background, I did my trademark "brayered ink" technique which you can find explained in my tutorial, Envelope Background Technique.
I had used mostly reds and oranges in the background so I used a black watersoluble oil pastel to draw around the edges of colors. I knew I wanted to do a skeleton as the focal point. It wasn't until after I outlined some of the colors that I saw a faint impression of two other "beings" on either side of the skeleton. So, I outlined them to bring them out. I also drew a back silhouette of most of body area where the main skeleton would go. Next, I used water on a brush to blend the black oil pastel into the picture.
Now I was ready to collage in some paper to make the main skeleton. I just used odds and ends and slivers of papers and plastic to make the "ribs," "spine," and other "bones" of the body. I improvised a skull with teeth and eyes and partial drawings of facial features.
Finally, the really fun part... I could add some details around the main figure. I had these awesome, fierce-looking eyes that I transfered onto the background. Also, I glued on a skeletal hand coming down from the top and painted over it to blend it with the background. I drew in a couple of places with my "Spider Writer" pen to make some silvery cobwebs. And lastly, I attached the long strip of red, vintage transistors. Yummy!
It made for quite a spooky skeleton piece. Just right for a Halloween night, don't you think? Hope you are at your computer tonight between trick-or-treaters so you can see him.
Say hello to the darling little ghosts and goblins that come to your door tonight and give them an extra piece of candy or whatever for me - I usually don't have anyone come to my house and I miss those little sweethearts.
Oh, and Happy All Saints Day tomorrow.