I’m taking a collage class at UC Berkeley Extension with papermaker, printmaker, book and installation artist Michelle Wilson. We’re about 6 weeks into the class and have explored various techniques and media for creating collages with found imagery.
For my project I decided to continue with ideas from the previous week where we used chance to determine which images to use or where to place them in the collage. I thought it would be fun to send one to anyone in the class that wanted one.
I started by collecting interesting postcards that I found at various art locations, like the art store or the reception desk at art galleries. The postcards were of various sizes, so I cut them all down to 4″x6″ to make them all the same size and to keep postage to 34 cents each.
I painted both sides 12 cards by applying gesso with a bryer to both sides of the postcards. After letting them dry, I selected images that were either in my leftover pile from previous collages done in class or from junk mail received that week. I cut them to size and randomly adhered one to each card. After all 12 had one image, I added another and continued until I felt like they were done. I did this on both sides of the cards and decided which side was the front and which was the back.
On each postcard front, I added some black fluid acrylic, applied with the brayer. On the postcard backs, I gessoed these to give myself a textured, white writing surface for the address, stamp, and written message.