Gosh, I got so many questions about exactly how I mounted my collages in this post, so I decided to do a quick tutorial.
You will need:
- Gel Medium
- Palette Knife
- Matte Medium
- Collage Materials & Paint
- Finished Collage
- Something Heavy (I used a bench block)
- Wood Canvas (the same size as your finished collage)
- Deli Paper or Wax Paper
- Paper Towel or a Rag
STEP ONE: Collage the Edges
Collage the edges of your wood canvas. Where possible use the same colors and papers to create a seamless look. I added black paint along one edge.
Note: I am using Matte Medium & a paintbrush to do the collaging on the sides of my canvas. This is how I always collage. If you're interested in information about collage, consider taking my upcoming online course, "Getting Started with Collage."
STEP TWO: Wrap the Excess
Wrap the excess paper to the front of the canvas (it will be hidden under the collage).
Slather the front of the canvas with a nice not-too-thick and not-too-thin coat of gel medium. Work quickly because you don't want it to dry before you're done covering the whole canvas.
Press the collage into the gel medium. Place a sheet of deli paper or wax paper on top of the collage. Roll over the top with the brayer to make sure that the collage is fully adhered everywhere.
STEP FIVE: Final Fixes
Take a peek at your final gallery wrapped canvas. Evaluate the sides in relationship to the front. You may need to add some more collage or paint. You may need to knock back a bright color. You may need to continue a stamped pattern around the side. Just do whatever little fixes you can to make it look exactly the way you want it to.
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