mixed media collage on previously painted wood panel (acrylic paint, found papers, vintage papers, glue)
gregory a. milinovich
i thought i'd share with you a new collage i made. it is fairly large (about 48 inches by 36 inches), and made on top of an 70's-style painting i purchased at an auction for $1.
i took an old map of the continental united states and carefully cut out each state with as much precision as possible. then, i traced those states on top of all kinds of different papers, trying to get a variety of patterns and text, etc. then i cut each of those out again. then i glued each of them, like a puzzle, on to some art paper. then, i did a wash over the whole thing with a green acrylic paint wash. in the meantime, i had pasted old maps all over the old painting, and then muted it with a white gesso wash. then i covered that with a blue wash, and added all sorts of blue and black detail over that for shading and texture. then, i cut the united states out (one more time!) from the art paper and affixed it to the old painting, and did a final coat. i also painted the frame, which had been a cream color, with a glossy black. so, it was a ton of work. but i'm really happy with the final product.