I saw these beautiful collages in the New Ashgate Gallery today. Olivia Pilling hand paints sheets of paper in a random way and then cuts shapes from these painted sheets to create collages of brightly coloured objects such as fish, fruit. birds etc.
The collages are incredibly effective, fun and full of life and colour. I particularly liked how the placement of the coloured paper built up tone and depth in the image.
Having dabbled myself in creating collages using magazine pages, I can definitely see the sense in creating your own painted sheets for the collage! Olivia’s work is beautiful!