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Final touches: collage commission 4

Adding the root structure and bridging the pattern across panels.

Getting the roots to align well from one panel to another was challenging. They needed to intertwine and anchor the composition. Each root was put down separately so the process was additive. I ripped lots of curving pieces (many of which were rejected) […]


Junk Mail Journal collage circa 3.10.12

Another in my ongoing series of collage studies with ingredients supplied by the daily mail. (It begins to dawn on me that the proposed postal delivery cutbacks may eventually compromise this creative practice… hmm.)

"Junk Mail Journal 3.10.12," contemporary paper collage, in sketchbook, 9 x 6."© 2012, Janice McDonald.



Collage in progress, 3.6.12 (and a nod to surprises)

This photo was taken yesterday after two work sessions on the latest collage. I use a wet process so there is plenty of drying time to consider my next additions. I don't plan the composition in advance but begin with something I like and build from there. Some of the elements that appear now may […]


Happy Valentine’s Day…

…not to mention paper of all kinds, glue, chaos, order, scraps, synchronicity, ripped edges, wild color, subtle patterns, layering, negative spaces, texture, stripes, printed napkins, forms/grids, postcards, pages of books, ribbon, cardboard, packaging, and unexpected daily "finds" to add to my collection of collage ingredients!

May we all find someone or something to love. […]


Big collage beginnings


As promised, here are images of the early stages of my work on a new and larger-than-typical collage. Pages from an old book were adhered to the wood support to create the background layer. I like the casual grid of the type from these pages as a place to begin. Because I wanted to […]


Collage process & progress

Well, I’ve been making progress on the pet collage series. Unlike my abstract work, which is completely additive in terms of process, for these small works I do organize at least some of the major elements in advance of gluing, and then build and develop the constructed character further.

Four creatures are done and […]


Collage studio views: small support prep

A gallery gift shop has asked for some original “Poundling” pet collages to display and I’m out of inventory. Here are some images of how I begin the process.

I use pre-gessoed 5 x 7 x 1/8″ panels. I begin by covering them completely with a patterned background. Here I’m using “pet for sale” […]


The chaos of collage composition

Took this photo of my current work in progress yesterday. It’s hard to tell where the collage begins and all the intriguing bits of paper end. For scale, the wood panel I’m working on is 10 x 10 x 1″… so there are lots of little elements being considered, set aside, ripped further, reconsidered, […]



Here's a photo of another of the large framed collages from recent show. Titled "Juggling," this piece is 36 x 24 inches plus frame, composed of contemporary papers and recycled imagery, built up in layers on a wood base. It's an experiment in balance and composition, in motion.




Convoluted, a collage

More images from the show… this collage, composed of contemporary papers on wood panel, is 36 x24," with frame it measures approximately 38 x 26 x 2." In this case, contemporary papers includes kraft paper, safety envelopes (love those patterns), bits of magazine/newspaper imagery, and even the sharp cutting edge from an empty wax paper […]