I just had to…. It was bugging me for over a week… the last post I did with my final collage was really bothering me. I put it away for a week and took it out again.. I still didn’t like it.. too busy.. just too busy. I felt like the transferred queen and the polymer clay face were fighting each other and the embellished metal piece to the right was just too much. I got some advice from some artistic souls and I was inspired to attack it… gently that is. Well, no …not really.
Here is the one I posted last week that I thought was final….
I needed another set of eyes to look at it. I ask my husband and he says.. “ohhh.. nice”.. hmmm, that’s it??? I work for hours on this and I get a “nice”?? Men… do they really think about those things? I mean, it must be like asking them “do I look fat in these pants”? The safe answer is “no, honey, of course not”. Ok… I’ll accept that. I think if I asked him to really take the time to look at it, you’d know what he’d be thinking… NOTHING…. of course unless the Patriots are on the t.v. and they are winning .. ….fuh-get-aboud-it. Then I asked my 16 yr. old daughter and she says “that’s pretty cool” (as she lifts her head up from texting or watching some stupid reality show.. I mean really… REALLY? I’m going into my woman cave… make your own dinner!
Ok, that’s it.. I’m going in for the critiques from other artists. Am I ready for that? Well, I’m glad I did. Amy told me that the blingy thing on the right was the first thing she saw. I knew it. I put it away in the closet. That will be my “what not to do” collage. Then my friend, Raine (and I can’t link to her, cuz she ain’t got a blog YET), looked at it and said it seemed too busy and little too much of this and that. Yes, finally, I knew I had to change it.
I ripped off the embellished metal piece with the black fabric down to the bare canvas.. what a mess (it was secretly fun). Then I went over it using the same method I used to make the bubble texture and then painted it the same.. see the tute here. I also ran a black ink pad over the high peaked bubbles.
Ripped off the polymer clay face and replaced that with another piece of CitraCollage (see in the same tute above).
Then I added 3 of my handmade polymer clay buttons to replace the black fabric and embellished metal.
I painted black and white stripes on the sides and stained with walnut ink.
Here is the final final and some details.
So what do you think? Better? Thanks, my friends.