Another collage based on the backpacking adventure my daughter and I had last fall. We spent 6 weeks on the Appalachian Trail. We had many wonderful, enjoyable, seeing-beautiful-things, moments. But we also had exhausted, must-take-a-break, why-in-the-world-are-we-doing-this times. I wanted to memorialize the difficult as well as the good. So here is my version of a contemplative hiker, resting along the trail before getting up to walk again.
Here are some in process steps:
Gather bits and pieces of maps and charts for rocks and path. Sketch out hiker. Use Inktense watercolor pencils to add dimension and color to rocks and path and to add tree trunks to anchor the forest. I wanted something different for the leafy woods. Since I was working at a local coffee-shop, I came up with the idea to cover inner side of corrugated coffee “sleeve” with green from inktense pencils. I then stamped this color all over the background. I will definitely use this technique in the future!
Next, I sketched the hiker onto heavy watercolor paper and colored it in with inktense pencils. After brushing it with water, I let it dry. Later, I glued it onto the appropriate boulders. I like the little bit of extra dimension this hiker adds to the collage.
Here is what I thought was the finished collage. When I looked back at it a few days later, I hated that the trees in the middle background were “floating.” So I added a little more dirt plus grass, to anchor them. (See actual finished collage at top of page.)
I am greatly enjoying playing with collage right now. And any art that includes MAPS always makes my heart sing!