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Blue Moons Variations 1

Mixed-Media Painting

Created by Karen McCarthy
Unique collage construction composed of artist's original hand-printed papers, exploring many subtleties of light, movement, and color. Various media and materials are implemented including paper, pigmented starch paste, paint, ink, colored pencil, and thread. Techniques include paste paper printing, gelatin plate printing, stenciling, drawing, and stitching.

After the collage is composed and glued, it is carefully stitched on a sewing machine. The work is then mounted onto a primed and painted panel. It is treated with protective layers of medium and varnish. The piece is ready to hang, with hanging wire along the back. (It can accommodate a frame, but framing is not necessary.) The panel depth of 1.5 inches allows for a strong presentation and a nice sense of presence on the wall. The panel is painted on the edges in a dark tone that enhances the colors of the piece. This dark tone makes for a fine outline surrounding the collage when viewed from straight on, and the color continues to be seen when viewed from a side angle.

It is recommended that original artworks not be hung in direct sunlight.

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