Tatiana Kuzyk : Aging Techniques for Mixed Media & Collage
Simple Aging Techniques for Mixed Media & Collage
From a Contemporary Artwork to a Vintage, Antiquated Gem!
By Tatiana Kuzyk
Aging Tutorial Sections:
You can use a photograph, a sheet of a scrapbooking paper, pages from a magazine or a book, or even one of the countless royalty-free clipart imagery available online, and by applying one of the below techniques, 'turn back time' on it. Anything is a 'go' when it comes to the CAP Creative Aging Process, except for an anti-wrinkle cream or Botox. The best part is, you can't get it wrong heck, press a sole of a muddy rubber boot against the face of your image and you've collapsed time by, at least, ten years.
The following aging techniques are just a small sample I regularly experiment with and I sincerely hope that they will provide you with enough inspiration to explore and invent some of your very own.
I want to share with you a Golden Rule of Altered Art Making Subtracting is as important as Addition (no math skills required). It will make all the sense to you while being illustrated by a multitude of examples as I will refer to this priceless rule throughout the article.
CAUTION! Altering images can be VERY addictive, proceed with ABANDON!
In order to simplify the process I'll list all supplies used in the following techniques. Feel free to substitute or combine colors, mediums, tools and products' brands.
Gather all elements you want to include in your project and decide which ones must be altered before they will be permanently attached to the surface.
If you are using any printouts or photocopies, and I strongly urge you to only work with copies, not originals, I recommend that you apply two coats of Golden Archival Varnish to the surface. Because of the chemical content of this product make sure to work with it only in well-ventilated areas (I use my garage with doors open). Archival Varnish will create a transparent protective layer that will prevent any color or ink bleeding when you apply gel mediums or paints to the surface. This product also contains UVLS filters that will protect your artwork from UV-induced damages.