Assemblage can provide a unique three-dimensional addition to any illustration. The sculptural presence, textural finishes and custom patinas make an assemblage accent a desirable element for the mixed-media milieu. From repurposed and custom-treated natural and man-made elements to hand-sculpted creations in self-drying and polymer clay, a diverse array of exciting techniques and materials can be added to illustrative works of art!
In my paintings, I like to use vintage as well as newly repurposed accents, incorporating metal, plaster, clay and wood in unique combinations. To harvest a unique collection of trinkets and time-treated treasures, I go to flea markets, antique shops and the like. I just love it when I find just the right trinket that I can make into a one-of-a-kind treasure. I also pilfer from my great-grandmother’s button collection which has some amazing vintage pieces.
Finding that perfectly aged piece when you need it is not always easy. There are, however, some great dimensional accents that can be found at the local hardware store and online. Wooden trim and other such accents can be treated with an aging varnish or a crackle patina to give them a time-honored look.
I also love to add my own custom patinas and faux finishes using techniques such as sponging, glazing, dry brush, distressing and rusting just to name a few. Sources of inspiration for unique finishes can be found almost everywhere!
Below is a video of my mixed-media painting entitled The Warrior. The framework is embellished with assemblage accents. many of which I created.
If you want to learn more about using assemblage accents, check out my video series!
WORKING IN RELIEF ON THE PAINTED SURFACE VIDEO SERIES
This video series explore bas-relief techniques onto the painted surface. In the first video, the artist demonstrates working in various gel and fluid mediums to build texture onto the painted surface. She also shows how to employ pastes, lava gel, gel pens, matter painting and crackle texture to the dimensional surface in layers. (41.22 minutes)
In the second video, the artist demonstrates the sculptural application of various cloth and trim to the working surface to create a unique topography. In addition, she will show how bas-relief techniques can be used to make a custom collagraph plate for embossing watercolor paper that can later be painted in acrylics. (34.56 minutes)
In the third video, the artist employs assemblage accents, creates flexible accents from molds, incorporates unique sculptural details and applies custom textures onto the surfaces of a unique construct. (44.34 minutes)
The fourth video in the series demonstrates how to create unique faux finishes onto custom and repurposed assemblage accents. (53.54 minutes)
The series of high-definition videos are available through online streaming. Gmail is required for private access. No refunds will be accepted after purchase.
$80.00 US FOUR VIDEOS