American Heritage Collection: Bison
Mixed-Media Wall Art(ID: A28852)
In detail, the first step in the process is creating an underlayer of papers. This base layer, adhered to the wood panel, often includes pages from old songbooks, hymnals, or heavily typographic material. The background is then whitewashed with acrylic paint while allowing details of the collage underlayer to peek through the painted surface. For example, you might see musical notes from the songbook pages as seen in the background detail view. Customers may suggest their preference for more or less collage detail showing through in the background as shown in the two background detail views. The white background is the only part of the finished collage that is painted; all the other colors in the composition are the actual colors of the vintage papers. This search, selection, and sorting of papers by color is another time-intensive part of the collage making process. Each and every piece of paper is cut by hand with a regular old pair of scissors, even the smallest detail of an animal's fur or figure's clothing. Once the collage has been completed, the piece is coated with a subtle, archival matte finish produced by a company that specializes in products for collage artists and then finished with a frame hand-built from reclaimed wood or salvaged metal.