New collages

Hi all,

I just added some new collages in my online store. Visit www.janeleblanc.etsy.com

Yes, I’m trying to sell something. I gotta make a living you know! Have fun in Etsy.com

Here’s a preview (The Blue Tricycle sold)

Purple Tricycle

Open to all artist’s

I am posting this to tell you about www.TheArtsMap.com a new website created by artists Jonathan Talbot and Robin Colodzin.

www.TheArtsMap.com is an interactive worldwide map of artists, studios, arts organizations, museums, and more. The Arts Map allows users to search by medium, location, educational opportunities, type of organization, etc.    

Clickable map markers on www.TheArtsMap.com provide detailed information about artists, their work, their studios, art galleries, museums, art schools, and arts organizations.  Most markers also contain an image and a link to a website or blog.
Map markers on www.TheArtsMap.com are user-generated. It takes just a few minutes to input information about your artwork or organization and upload an image.
        
During the website’s start-up phase, 12-month listings on www.TheArtsMap.com are free and completely without obligation. No billing information will be collected. This is a limited time offer and may be withdrawn at any time so if you want to take advantage of this opportunity it is a good idea to create your listing now.
I have already created a marker on The Arts Map.  I hope you will join me. I also hope you will pass along this information (including the checkout code) to as many folks as possible so that www.theartsmap.com can realize its potential.

Jonathan and Robin has invited me and my artist friends to visit www.theartsmap.com and see how it works. To create your own map marker, click on “create account.”

In order to receive your free 12-month listing you’ll need the “checkout code,” 
use the checkout code: FYFJAN

I put my own marker on The Arts Map.  Pass along this information (including the checkout code) to as many people as possible so that www.theartsmap.com can realize its potential.

Non-stick Paper for Collaging

At the office we often use 8.5 x 11″ Avery label sheets. After I’ve used up all the labels on the page, I save the sheet to use as a protective layer when pressing my collages.

I peel off the leftover sticky label borders and throw it away. I’m left with a sheet of paper that is shiny on one side. This shiny side is a “non-stick” surface.

I lay my glue-damp collage down on a sturdy, flat surface, face up; then I lay one or more empty label sheets, shiny-side down, to cover the collage. Then my pressing board, and then the weights.

If I think the glue is going to seep out over the edges of the collage, then I will cover the surface of my table with sheets of the label paper, shiny side up, before I lay my collage down.

You can use a sheet three or four times before it wears out and starts to stick to your collage.

Framing collages

How, other that using a floater frame, can you frame collages? Framing a collage that is behind matboard is a no-brainer, but how about collages that you mount onto matboard? I thought of using a shadowbox frame, and have one on order right now. I thought I’d use spacers between the glass and the artwork.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

Also, what if you have used heavy masonite for your collage surface? Does anyone have any methods for framing this material?

I’d like to know your ideas.

Warping Collage Problem

I’ve tried to solve a “warping problem” with my collage surfaces. I’ve collaged on many different surfaces and found that a cradled board is the only surface (that I’ve used so far) that doesn’t warp.

I talked to collage artist Jonathan Talbot who was wonderfully helpful, and full of collage information and tips. He suggested a few products, one being Lumalight, which is a product sold to sign companies.  That makes so much sense to me. Sign companies must need to use products that won’t warp.