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Simple Ways

Mixed-Media Painting

Created by Karen McCarthy
Unique collage construction composed of artist's original hand-printed papers and fabrics, exploring many subtleties of light, movement, and color. Various media and materials are implemented including paper, fabric, pigmented starch paste, paint, ink, disperse dye, colored pencil, and thread. Techniques include paste paper printing, gelatin plate printing, stenciling, disperse dyeing, 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 gallery-wrapped canvas. 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 canvas panel depth of allows for a strong presentation and a nice sense of presence on the wall. The canvas is painted on the sides 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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