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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Creating the Collages

The first step in creating these little collages is the pencil drawing.  I use a 5mm mechanical pencil, beginning with HB lead and working on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I do most of the work with the HB lead, but then emphasize the darks with 3B then 4B leads.

I really prefer the mechanical pencils because I never have to sharpen them.  I buy my leads from which has the bet selection I've found.

For the first 7 collages I didn't fix the drawings, but after that I started to.  I use a thin coat of spray Workable Fixatif.  I originally didn't fix them because they didn't smear in the collage process.  But I found that they did smear when I tore them out (next step).