Faces of the Great Pumpkin Art Contest Submission
"Release the Pumpkin!" Mixed Media Collage ©2012 Melissa Walker
As a paper artist who uses pre-made products in my creations, I don't often think of what I do as "art". In my mind, people who start with a white canvas, a colorful palette and a paintbrush are the true artists. I've always wished I could magically draw or paint the visions in my head, but it's just not going to happen that way for me!
Mixed media art is definietly becoming more mainstream these days though. I can't compare it to traditional art challenges, but I think it's quite the feat to gather, arrange and build a whole mess of stuff into one cohesive art piece. My "Release the Pumpkin!" collage above consists of so many different elements, I may have forgotten what all I managed to glue down. If it couldn't run, it was fair game to drown in the Mod Podge!
The collage begun with a textured background I wanted to set the tone of the scene with. I chose a canvas board for texture and glued on small bits of lace, tissue and black Halloween fabric webbing. This had to be done in stages, with layers of Mod Podge drying in between applications of elements. The entire thing was then washed a light charcoal color before I sponged and swirled the oranges, reds and gold tones as a sky backdrop. Next was the arrangement of die cuts. Some were pre-made chipboard I had purchased, and others, like the flourishes, were cut with my Big Shot. Once I was happy with an arrangement, I painted, inked and decorated the die cuts to fit with a spooky Halloween night theme.
The finishing touches are silver ink to make the black edges pop a bit, orange tissue for the glow, and a cemetery fence die cut I have been dying to use on something full-sized. In the end, I think I've portrayed a Kraken style Great Pumpkin, swooping in to take over the neighborhood!
The Faces of the Great Pumpkin Art Contest gave me the courage to submit something that combined my two most obsessive loves: paper and Halloween. It was great fun to try something new, and as this is my first art contest submission EVER, I can't wait to see what other artists come up with! Submisions are being accepted until October 15, 2012 and voting begins Oct. 16th.