|I decided to try a portrait collage using text as the main background. Here is the finished painting. I took a few in process photos and will try to explain the steps.|
First I chose a photo from a magazine that I used for the head. I added body and legs with map and patterned paper. The background was various types of paper glued down. I added a layer of gesso to the background but wiped some off so some of the paper showed through.
Here is step two. I added some paint to the background in a few colors. stamped a heart and painted flesh color on the body. I used a brayer to apply the background paint so it was more translucent.
Lastly I painted facial features and a few other details like a theater mask and a stage.