Yesterday, I was discussing the process of mounting a paper collage on a wood canvas with a private coaching client of mine. And I realized that I wrote a post about the process back in 2013. I thought that you might find the process useful to revisit. It's possible that some of the links no longer work, so do let me know if you come across one and I'll update it. Thanks!
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.
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.