Something very exciting happened!!
After many attempts to get some of my photos layered in the way I like them to be or inserted into collages or mixed media pieces, I finally found a method that gives me the effect I want. I literally wanted to jump up and down and have a big hug fest with Virginia Woolf, her sisters and TS Elliot but I thought since they are all long dead that wouldn’t work out.
Here is the stalled mixed media piece I’ve been working on, wondering why TS Elliot of all people would be the “star” of one of my works. I started this in July, I believe – it was a long time ago. The layers of paints tell me. The color of the deepest layer is “Oildale building” or something like that. I know it has Oildale in the title.
It was one of the recycled paints I got for free last summer. At last point they were specializing in not such wonderful shades of… primarily beige.
Anyway – now that I was able to try the trick of printing on tissue paper and then affixing the tissue paper with mod podge (I’m also going to experience with some other mediums as well) I can’t believe the perfection in the result.
I edited this photo first, I cranked up the contrast which I think will help a lot with black and white photos. I love the crispness and the simultaneously gritty effect it has.
I made progress on several other pieces, but this was by far the most exciting in probably about a week. Today I plan to add a photo of Edna St. Vincent Millay and perhaps a shot of Steepletop, her estate in Upstate New York which I visited last April.
Thank you for reading! I can’t wait to celebrate with you!
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