I have been building collages on marbled paper for several years and have blogged about the process. For those of you who are new to my blog it’s important to note that I do the marbling using the Japanese suminagashi technique. I never get tired of manipulating the inks on the surface of water which is contained in a large tray. The surprise comes at “lift off” after the paper, which has been gently (and briefly) laid on top of the water, is pulled up and away. The pattern of floating, swirling shapes is transferred to the paper. Once the paper is dry, I can construct the collage on it.
The ebb and flow of the marbled patterns lead me in different directions regarding the sizes, shapes, colors and placement of the collage elements. I think of the process as marbling mystery.
In my latest series I have added images of graffiti or wall art which I photographed and printed. The photos are rectangular and echo the shape of the paper. They are in free fall, floating around on the marbled background, anchored by the other collage elements. Everything goes round and round, up and down, over and under. Some parts are subtle, some not so subtle. They go with and against the flow.
Now, for the workflow, the sequence, where all will be revealed.
First, the marbled paper. It actually takes a while before I add anything. I love it all by itself!
#1377 – the beginning
#1377 – a few additions
#1377 – the finished collage. “Unexpected Encounters” collage with photo on suminagashi marbled paper 22×30” 2021
Here is #1376 with just the photos.
#1376 – with some collage
#1376 – the finished collage. “Hop-Scotch”
#1378 – with photos
#1378 – the finished collage. “A Succession of Circles”
#1379 – with photos
#1379 – the finished collage. “In Praise of Purple Martins”
And, for good measure, a detail of #1379.
As always, the interpretation is up to you. What do you make of what I made?