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I started this music themed collage last week but put it aside whilst working on other projects. You can check out photos of the first stages here. I nearly finished it today but have had to halt the process to allow things to dry. So I still have some finishing touches to add.
So far I've used distress inks and water on a 12"x8" canvas to create a base. I took photos of instruments in my home and scanned in vintage music score. I used a sepia effect on the images and messed with the tones a little. I printed out my images onto handmade (coated for printer use) paper. I tore, cut and arranged images. I cut out some musical notes and treble clef shapes from some of my prints. I glued the images down using Golden regular matt gel medium. I attached some silver charms using Golden Heavy gel medium.
What I learnt: Handmade paper printed on with a normal ink jet printer does not like being handled and glued. I had quite a few setbacks with prints being ruined. I guess I need a fancier printer with steadfast ink. But I still enjoyed and its always good to learn.
What lessons have you learnt during aedm2010 through trial and error? I know I've learnt a few and usually the hard way :-)