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  I am a self taught mixed media artist.  I began with painting canvases with oils and acrylics.  I also loved collecting ephemera and found objects, and needed a way to incorporate all my treasures into my artwork.

   A while ago, I saw the popularity of ATCs and LFBs.  I decided to see if my art would translate to this smaller size.  I love doing the smaller size pieces.  I try to take one vintage image, and add a few collage elements.  I am experimenting with different transfers and transparencies.  I also love to layer a lot of color with paint, glazes, inks, chalks, pencil and markers.  My goal is to give each piece a soft glow of color.

With my assemblages, I use vintage images and try to build a story around it with collage items and found objects.

How I create on a canvas

see below.

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tiger rose canvas
white lily canvas
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Blue 4 canvas
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  When I begin to work on small (4x4)  wrapped canvases, I like to prepare 3 or 4 bases at a time. Creating several at a time, I can carry over the colors and themes.  If the base is canvas I will always prime with gesso.  Then I will select several vintage images for the focal points, and begin arranging them on the canvases.  When I have the ones I want to work with, I will decide on a dominant color to work with.  I will paint a base coat of the dominant color, including the sides, if it is a stretched canvas, and while it is still wet, I will paint random areas of the base with complimentary or lighter/darker colors, blending each layer.  I try to keep my colors clear and not let them get muddy from blending.  I found using a good quality acrylic paint is very important at this step.  I like the colors to have a soft glow.  It can always be aged in a later step. At this point, I will refer to the focal images I have selected, and their placement.  If the image is on the light side, I will select a darker color to use behind it.  And if it is darker, I will select or paint something lighter behind it.  The area behind the image may take several thin layers of a darker/lighter color.  When the base is dried, I lay the image on the canvas and select additional old papers, ephemera, old postage stamps, or even found objects that can be glued.  If it needs more weight, I will tear a piece of text or decorative scrap to put behind the image. I try to balance the colors keeping in mind the dark and light areas.  When the arrangement looks balanced, I will age all of the edges of the paper pieces with brown pigment ink using a stencil brush.  I will then use a soft gel medium to glue all the pieces.  I will also use a thinned coat of gel medium over the collaged pieces and the entire canvas.  When dry, I will age all the sides and edges of the canvas, with brown acrylic glazes and pigment inks.  If the piece still looks too "new" I may splatter the piece with thinned brown acrylic paint using a toothbrush.  When I feel the piece is finished, I will spray with a light coat of sealer.                                                       Rande Hanson 08 06.