Saturday, April 10, 2010

ANOTHER cupcake collage

cupcake collage
4" x 6"
(click on image above and then click on the THAT image to really see it up close!)

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!


Kristin said...

WOW! This is amazing! I love, love, love it and really admire your work. Thanks for the new idea and for the resource information, Kristin xo

Jingle said...

This is phenomenal! I love the textures you brought in using the deli paper and the text!

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson said...

The deli paper is very cool and I might just have to try that myself. I love the way that cherry is really nestled into the frosting!

Laura Spano said...

I love this. Beautiful composition. I have Anne's video- I like that I can watch it over and over also :)