It’s done! In time for PPF, too. And it isn’t middle-school art :)
I’m quite pleased with it. I did go ahead and do a second layer of collage over the first, with smaller pieces of paper, and then I added a couple of layers of modpodge, and then a little gold ink rubbed on the raised bits. Then I tried my experiment of adding food coloring to Mod Podge.
It workes, but it was very interesting to work with. Took some experimenting. I glopped out a couple of tablespoons and added a drop of red and a drop of yellow, for a nice orangey-red color. Very pretty. It went on opaque and pink, so I really couldn’t predict what it would look like. But it dried clear, with very vivid color – in fact when I saw how red the first parts to dry had gotten, I wiped off some of what was still wet. And even with that adjustment it threw my composition off, so I started adding it elsewhere.
It’s very interesting working with a paint that isn’t WYSIWYG at all, and is thickness-dependent to boot. But I loved the color and effect I was getting, so I persevered. I added quite a lot to the circular pattern, as you can see, and I also added a touch to the pale yellow beads, which were starting to fade into obscurity.
At around this time I noticed that Beauty was grabbing for this piece whenever she saw it. The first times I chased her off, but in the end I figured that it’s really quite sturdy, once it’s dry of course, so she may as well examine it.
I also noticed that she’d solved a difficulty I was having. I felt the composition was still off-balance, but didn’t know how to fix it. Then I noticed that she invariably held it “sideways” – and that it looked much better from that angle. (This is one of the advantages of abstract work :)
So once I had finished with the layers and layers of carefully-applied Mod Podge, I added some leafy patterns with hand-cards stamps and metallic ink and I was done. (The bigger leaf is a stamp I made some time ago; the little one was carved for this painting when I realized I needed something small enough to stamp properly on an uneven surface.)
And since she likes it so much, I’ve decided to let Beauty keep it. I think I’ll see if I can mount it to her wall with velcro, so she can pull it down if she wants to.
Maybe I’ll post a tutorial about the dyed Mod Podge? It really is a cool effect – such awesome saturated colors.