I finished this piece this morning. I was trying to make use of techniques by Traci Bautista from her book Collage Unleashed. The book is published by North Light Books. It’s a great book if you are into collage and painting on paper and fabric. She has a chapter on dyeing paper towels. I haven’t tried that yet. Crayon cupcakes is another technique I want to try. Here’s how she does it: 1. “Remove the paper wrappers and break crayons into small pieces. Cut apart the section of the muffin tin. Fill the bottom of one section with a layer of crayons; use a variety of colors, including a few metallic and glitter crayon pieces. 2. Sprinkle in glitter or mica flakes for added sparkle. Set the oven to 250 degrees and place the muffin tin in the oven until the crayons are melted (usually in 10-12 minutes). Turn off the oven and let the tin stand in the oven to cool. Do not move the muffin tin until the crayons have hardened to prevent the melted crayons from over-mixing.” I should add that without the picture from the book it isn’t clear to the reader that she is using the aluminum foil liners that come with some paper cupcake liners. She then incorporates the cupcake crayons by melting drizzles of them over her collage piece using a quilting iron.
For this piece I used black ink to draw flowers and the word. Then I painted over with acrylic paints. I sponged on contrasting colors of paint and also used oil pastels. I glued on the drawing of the girl’s face from my sketch book and sponged and painted around it to make it blend into the rest of the paintings.