I’ve been playing with mixed media collage on small 6″ x 6″ squares–using leftover prints, painted papers, paint, and stitchery. The goal is to practice loosening up, to develop ideas for a new series in larger quilts, while having the freedom to “try anything” because it is only 6″ and is using primarily leftovers. It is also a good place to learn whether techniques work or not, as with painted deli papers applied over fused fabric scraps.
I love the freedom when doing improvisational paper collage and I want to transfer the freedom and enthusiasm to my larger works. I like the layering approach, as well, as a way of working.
Here are several examples of this Rust Series: