May 13, 2014

Tinsel Bird

Mosaics that I am fond of generally use bits and pieces of gold. In my paper mosaics I often gild pieces of paper with gold leaf or composition metal leaf for that effect. In the collage above I’ve used traces of gold in the body of the bird to impart that tinsel-like effect of precious metals. In other parts of the composition I’ve added touches of metallic paints as well as the leaf. The stamps in this painting are corners of "faith" and ancient words for birds in the painting. For the border design on this mosaic collage as well as the others I’ve been using up bits and pieces of painted designs left over from larger collage works. It always feels good to make use of leftovers.

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