Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson is a collage artist whose work I admire. She paints her papers prior to using them for collage and then collages over her own paintings. I just finished this piece using her technique. I painted this cupcake awhile back and used a print of it on 140# watercolor paper as the base. I really like how it turned out. I muted the colors in the background. The original painting I painted has a much brighter background.
You would think with all my cupcake paintings and collages, that my house is one big cupcake, but truth be known, I rarely eat them. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE cupcakes but I also like fitting in my clothes.
The brown paper on the cupcake is paper I made using deli paper. I stamped the deli paper with black acrylic paint and then painted it brown. I learned to use deli paper from Anne Bagby, a collage artist and wonderful painter. It makes for a very light weight yet tough paper for collage.
Both Anne Bagby and Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson have DVD's for sale each explaining their unique process. I suppose what I did today is a mix of both- my own spin. I recommend the DVD's as great learning tools. Money well spent these days where the cost of a workshop might not be affordable. Besides, I can watch the DVD over and over!
I will never get tired of painting and making collages of cupcakes. Long live the cupcake!