"Pop Love" Phase One (above)
Newspaper/TV Guide clips and packing tape transfers (Katie picture and crossword puzzle); clips from scrapbook paper (Tim Holtz and misc.)
"Pop Love" Phase Two
Lisa added in Phase 2: "I used gel medium on the whole surface in a 'burnished texture' with my fingers, then I dry-brushed it with gesso for a foggy 'dream like' atmosphere, then I used a white gel pen on the butterfly/the word 'dream' and a few accents, and finally I dusted areas with a very fine, iridescent glitter (that reminded me of 'fairy dust')".
"Pop Love" Phase Three
Mel added a rose postage stamp, scalloped borders, accent to wings and filigree stickers.
Pop Love (Confection) Phase 4 (above)
There were only supposed to be three phases (this is my first collaborative collage) but I could not resist altering the collage further. I sanded the edges and added red and white embossed stamped images. It ended up very "busy" but somehow I like it. I like all the layers and how they interact and the look that everything is covered with confectioner's sugar. It is very shiny and rich. I think the collage should now be called "Confection". I'm sending it around again with the Collaborative Collage 2, in case anyone else wants to add and edit.I must say that this kind of collaboration sure triggers my control issues. Everyone's vision and formula for "collage" is so different! Mel is into the vintage emphemera; I like an aged look and like to use rubber stamps, sanding and other distressing. Lisa seems sensitive to surface textures and theme.
I've just finished phase 2 of Collaborative Collage2 and am feeling a little anxious about sanding the heck out of a bunch of Mel's vintage emphemera. I'm noticing that I need to be more sensitive about contrast in my pieces and to having more variation in color value. But I am sending it off soonish.