Sunday, July 4, 2010
Let's Do Lunch - Decorative Napkin Collage/USAQ DT Project #2
I get strange looks whenever I go to a restaurant and see a cool coaster, or tea wrapper and I take it with me for my collage art! Of course it was a part of my meal, ha ha.
There are so many GoRgEoUs decorative napkins on the market, but I Never want to use them to wipe off food. They are perfect for collage!!
I totally fell in love with USAQ's European Napkin Collection, a complete kit with napkins, PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive), and Crystal Effectz. While the napkin has a patterned design on it, the sky's the limit in the way you can create! I find myself playing with color, glitz, and textures, ways to make my art heart soar!
Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) is a staple medium I use almost every time I create. I even bring it for adhesive when I teach. Every art form can use PPA because it is archival safe, and acid free. I always mention the fact that PPA is UV Resistant - I can hang art up on the wall and the colors won't fade or yellow. PPA is a full-body adhesive yet light weight, the right consistency, and easy to use. There is both a matte and gloss PPA so the finish can reflect your personal preference. Although I will talk about PPA as an adhesive for napkin collage, I've used it for years to make paint from mica powders. Check out the specifics on this product here.
A Birdie Told Me Trading Card Project -
European Napkin Collection (USAQ)
Draw and Guild Kit (USAQ)
Flat 1/2" Snap Brush (USAQ)
Water and Water Container
Painter's Tape or Masking Tape
Perfect Pigments: Blue Pearl, Green Pearl, Magenta, and Metallic Lt. Gold (USAQ)
Mica Flakes (USAQ)
Excel board White (USAQ)
Wax Paper or Palette/Palette Paper
1. Squeeze out small amounts of Perfect Pigments on wax paper or palette. Start with the gold and paint the mat board. While still wet, blend in the blue pearl and green pearl around various areas. Let dry.
2. Separate the napkin (there are usually 3 plys, 2 of the 3 are white). Sue's Tip: Take 2 small tape pieces (tap on clothes to make less tacky), put one on the front of the napkin and one on the back. Pull the tape pieces in opposite directions and the patterned napkin will pull away from the white backings. Rip the napkin so that the bird and word "imagine" will fit on the mat board ATC. Pour a bit of PPA on your palette and brush PPA on the mat board, then take the napkin piece and lightly dip into the water (YES another Sue Tip), and then place down on the mat board, smoothing from the center out. The water helps so there isn't texture or lines on the finished piece (unless you want the texture). Brush more PPA over the top to seal the image. Add another coat of PPA. While still wet, add some Crystal Effectz to the birds breast, and background as well as a couple colors of Mica Flakes. The PPA will not only seal the project but work as an adhesive to hold the Crystal Effectz and Mica Flakes in place. Let dry.
3. In the well of the fine line pen (Draw and Gild Kit) and fill with lt. metallic gold Perfect Pigment. Go over the word "imagine" a couple times and also highlight areas on the bird. Color the top of the head and breast with a little gold and then with your brush add a tiny bit of magenta so you get a red-gold hue.
Napkin collage lends itself to many surfaces! Once I started designing, I went CrAzY finding surfaces and coming up with ideas!!! Napkins make it easy for beginners or those who do not draw, because the napkin has the art work on it. Add Crystal Effectz, Mica Flakes and other USAQ embellishments and you have created a beautiful work of ART!
In the photo I have designed not only the ATC, but a bracelet, a matchbox trinket holder, and even an necklace! USAQ has gold Sty'line stickers which are great to add to these projects and even on their own with mica watercolor palettes.