I look at collaging as bringing new life to disparate images, images found in a variety of places. In this case the images were found in several books I bought last weekend at an estate sale. Each book was $1.00. I love old books that hold amazing images. This particular book was on exploration. Another was on pirates, and a third was on whaling. All three books were in excellent condition and will eventually become altered book journals.
I also recently received a box of rollers that I spent a huge amount of time tracking down. Last month when I was in LA my friend Irene brought a wonderful roller to the workshop that we attended. Of course I had to have one. The only thing was that she was unsure of where she had purchased it. She thought perhaps she got in on an excursion to Mendocino. I called several shops but no one knew of what I spoke. I searched the web. Friends searched the web. I now know more about texture rollers that I ever thought I would. Finally I found the rollers at www.Kaplanco.com . I say "Never give up!" It paid off this time.
In The Dog I collaged CitraSolv paper for the ground. Terry Garrett had suggested using the rollers on CitraSolv papers. Genius because they really look great. The background is a cereal box cardboard painted black and textured with many layers of gesso. I used stencils and tissue paper as well. A slight sanding and matte varnish finished the piece off.