Combining found objects of the past with modern elements, this mixed media fusion collage combines a variety of different textures with encaustic to create a timeless piece of artwork.
“Accolades” is a mixed media fusion piece of artwork, combining a variety of different mediums including resin, encaustic, vintage found objects and handcrafted metal embellishments. This mixture has created this 12 x 12 assemblage on a light-weight wood panel featuring a juxtaposition of matte finishes with metallic highlights, smooth modern finishes vs rusted edges.
Often times I find that my mixed media fusion projects sometimes take time to develop. In this case, Accolades took almost two months to complete. Part of this was allowing the creative process to take it’s course, working on the piece for a few hours and then leaving the piece to rest and returning to it a day or two later and seeing what direction to go. Through in some patience for allowing the wax to set, the resin to cure completely, and a few major Holidays and a trade show – in the end, it was all worth the wait!
Many times when I start working on a piece, I have a pretty good idea of what I want the final piece to look like. But that was not the case with Accolades, which includes not even having a name for this piece until the very end. FYI the name Accolades comes from the name of the line of paper that I used for the background designed and produced by Authentique Paper. I wanted to take a different route with this project and try to keep things as monotone as possible to reflect the natural and black colors found in the printed background.
After cutting down the wood panel to serve as my canvas, I laid out a few of the found objects and other ephemera that I knew I wanted to incorporate into this piece – this allowed me to determine the simple color palette that I was going to use for this piece.
After allowing the background to completely set, it was now time to begin adding some of the layering elements. For two of the elements (left and right), I upcycled some cardboard from a discarded shipping box and first adhered more of the Accolades line of paper onto the cardboard. I did the same for the middle element, which is an upcycled piece of acrylic that I found at one of my favorite reuse stores Tinkertopia.
Because I wanted these layering pieces to “blend” with the main background of the piece, I decided to add texture over the layering elements by first adding a couple of layers of wax followed by a few layers of resin. This helped add some texture while at the same time making these layering elements stand out just enough from the main background. Once the resin had fully cured, the charcoal texture and highlights were added around the sides of the layering elements before being adhered to the piece.
The layering elements added to the left features one of the first soldering pieces that I created when attending my first metalsmith class years ago. I’ve had it hanging on my wall since that time and decided that since the colors went so well with the layered barn yard star that I would incorporate it into this piece. As mentioned earlier, I placed a piece of vintage toy train track parallel to the bottom of the piece, which is held into place by nickel nails.
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