Embedding pics into a background

by Geraldine
(Australia)

I think I once saw that you did a video on embedding pics into a background but I can't find it.

I would love some guidance on how to blend, embed, settle layers together.
Cheers
Geraldine

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~ That is an interesting question and really depends on personal art styles and how you would like your finished mixed media piece to look

~ If there are collage elements in your mixed media piece.. then to start off with i would look for complimentary colours that would go together and they and emphasise their connections ... ie pick a paint that might match or is a complimentary colour on the color wheel to soften the edges around the collage piece

~ Extending the collage elements into the background with paint that compliments and carries on the theme... ie if there is a flower in the collage ... then paint a similar flower onto the paper, or add a stem extending it to the surrounding area

~ Also I find that using walnut ink or any other type of antiquing ink spray over the entire piece helps unifying the different hues and tones that can look a bit seperate in a mixed media painting

~ Another way to blend images together is to use glazing liquid .. maybe add a drop of fluid acrylic paint to tint it and then apply that over as the last layer to give all the collage or painting elements a connecting feel

~ when collaging a layer on top I often use sandpaper to soften the edges so they dont stand proud from the painting surface too much ...

~ When using transfer techniques on a mixed media layer..it often helps to paint a layer of titanium white underneath first ...leave it to dry well , then add the gel transfer on top .. that way it will be seen easier and can then be coloured with mathcing hues to the background depending on your theme

hope this helps
♥ milliande

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