Today, I played with some stiff unbleached wrapping paper, eucalyptus bark from a southern California tree, and thin white bark that curls off the neighbor’s tree in large chunks and watercolor paints. I first washed the white bark in light soapy water to kill any micro bugs then dried it flat; then I pasted the bark onto the wrapping paper. After the glue dried, I peeled a very thin layer off the eucalyptus bark and pasted it on top of the white bark. When all was set and dried, I took my watercolors and painted my scene of cattails with a red winged blackbird on the cattail stem.
What fun this project was. I usually stay away from mixed media collages because my thinking processes always go blank. But, I think this experimental attempt is fairly good for a beginner. Maybe it’s due to the fact I decided to have fun with it.