Here is a new mixed media piece that I recently completed. In the March/April 2011 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine there was an article by Susan Pickering Rothamel and Frankie Fioretti about making restructured paper using Perfect Paper Adhesive. As a collage artist and art journaler I had about a ton of scraps so I thought this project would be just right for me. I was totally thrilled with the outcome but could not decide for quite a while what I wanted to do with it. It was so pretty just the way it was that I considered calling it finished but in the end I decided to try adding some flowers. I did all this work creating and stitching down some paper flowers and hated the way the looked. LOL! So I carefully cut the shapes out, leaving square flower shaped holes. I like the way the collage paper looked on a background of black brocade so I added some batting to the back, secured the whole shebang with fusible webbing and stitched it down with gold thread. The flower centers are pieces of black card stock that I cut, folded, and edged with gold Smooch ink. I mounted the whole thing on a small canvas that I painted with various antique-y colors, and stenciled with punchinella.
In this detail picture you can see some of the black on black brocade and the little gold spiral I stitched in various places. The Perfect Paper adhesive is really great to work with and I find myself using it in my journals as well. My pages don't stick together like they do when I use matte medium. Yea!