Thursday, February 5, 2009


I'm showing you additional Painted Photo Collages so you can get a bigger view of what you can do with this technique/application. The photo above is what I used to make the painting below.
Isn't he the cutest dog ever! I used real sand dollars and star fish and shells. I ladled on the garnet gel (golden) and the shells will adhere to this gel. The sand castles were made from sandpaper (I bought them). The heart was a stamp. I painted and enhanced the photo.

This is one of my favorites. It was a lot of enjoyment too. Hunting for the right ingredients, then laying them all out and moving them around, like a puzzle, before making them permanent.

Here is a close up of the dragonfly in the bottom left corner. Found him in a magazine. Some of the lillys are photos, some are painted. All of the background and foliage are painted.

Here is a close up of the paper lantern. Found in a magazine also.

Here is a close up of the hair. I over did it a bit, maybe. But I love her hair. It is totally natural, too! Very curly. And you can see the dragonflies across the top. They are plastic and come in a lot of colors , in little cellophane bags at craft stores. You just paint over them w/ your acrylics.

This little girl was a great joy to paint. This was my first version, but the entire time I worked on it, I was thinking about a version where she would be looking out of the door. Here she is looking into the door or into the house.

This version she is inside and looking out into the world (a fairytale world) Maybe she is already
dreaming of her prince charming! Same photo used in both versions.

Here is another favorite. This is Brady. He is now 4 1/2 years old and very burly. But his trip to the ocean really produced some great collages. I painted this frame to go with his painting.

Here you can see the little beach buckets I cut from rice paper and stained with Thalo Blue.

See his baggy swim trunks? A closeup where I added a thick gob of acrylic matte gel and then impressed the long swirly shells. Using the shells like a stamp. I enjoy that.
If you just found my blog, look down at the last post and you will find the explanation of this Painted Photo Collage Technique. It , of course, will take time for you to get the hang of it. But I enjoyed the learning and experimenting part of it. Since you work from photos that other people have taken, it can be a learning experience everytime! Sometimes not much fun. So if you want it to be all fun take your own photos.
Happy Trails.

1 comment:

William Hawkins said...

Hi Sue, good to hear from you...the collages are pretty darn cool! Feel free to stay in touch
Bill Hawkins