Collages Are Coming Together

I started work a few weeks ago on the 6 window-shapes that will be a big design element in my latest project, an art quilt about the January 8 shooting. You can see the beginning of the collage here. Once I created shapes that large enough to be trimmed down to 8″x8″ squares (the ultimate size of the inside of the window), I laid them out on a board covered with a towels and pinned silk organza over them and then used a silk screen to squeegee on acrylic gel medium.

Here they are after the gel medium was applied:

It’s always a bit nerve-wracking at this point; I wonder how much of the image from the paper underneath actually transferred to the silk.

And of course, you have to rush to rinse off your tools IMMEDIATELY because acrylic gel medium hardens like a rock in minutes and then you can’t get it off:

That’s what some of the advanced plumbing in my “outdoor studio” looks like!

Here are two of the six 8″ by 8″ squares, ready at some point to find their home in my ever-evolving project on this topic:

It is a bit depressing to think about.

I’m really hoping this turns out as well as I think it can.

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