I can be very fickle when it comes to creating collage, bouncing from traditional cut-and-paste techniques to digital art and back again.
What do I love about digital collage?
- All of my materials are in one place. There's no fumbling around looking for that photo that should have been filed, but instead ended up in a box of old paints.
- It's neat. When I'm done, I simply close my Mac and walk away.
- It looks professional. My mistakes are easily covered. There are no miscut edges or ragged ink lines. You don't get to see how bad my handwriting can be.
But then, there's cut-and-paste.
- Getting messy can be fun. Give me a box of crayons or watercolors, and I revert to my childhood, creating with an abandon than I can never master digitally.
- An hour in a Dick Blick store is my idea of heaven. I admit it. I'm adicted to art supplies, especially to paper. Buying the materials is half the fun of creating traditionally.
- There's an authenticity about cut-and-paste work that is difficult to obtain in a digital environment. Digital textures and shadows, even professionally done, simply cannot match those created in a traditional manner.
Luckily, Marsha Jorgensen of Tumble Fish Studio creates collage materials for both types of art. As a member of her creative team, I get access to both her digital kits and her more traditional collage sheets.
For those doing traditional art, she has a new collage bundle just in time for your Halloween creations.
I used the bundle to create Three Witches, a Halloween triptych, for my fireplace mantle.
Wiping the glue from my fingers (seriously, forensics will never be able to find my fingerprints), I turned back to the computer to create this piece using Marsha's new It's Official kit. I'm calling it Dirty Rat. Apparently, I've been watching too many mysteries on Netflix about dirty cops.
The wonderful thing about being torn between my love for digital and traditional art is that I don't have to choose. There is room for both types of art in our world, and in my heart. The only decision I have to make is which one embrace each day.