Monday, January 28, 2013

Tiiiiiny Bubbles

© 2012 Cathy Savage, Brunechelli's Dome, detail
I actually know how to play Tiny Bubbles on my ukulele. I think it's fun. But what isn't fun is air bubbles between my paper and substrate. Arrgh!! So, let's recap. I need a successful method of gluing my bulky, thick with acrylic gel, mixed media collages on thick printmaking paper to a wood support. I am trying different methods as I hear and read about them. Please, if you have any suggestions, share them.

First Attempt
© 2012 Cathy Savage, Brunechelli's Dome, 22.5 x 30",
mixed media collage (now on panel!)
My first attempt was a 7 out of 10 stars, which I found unacceptable. What I tried: I had the back of my collage gessoed and the front of my wood panel gessoed and I used a thick layer of Golden soft gel medium as the adhesive. I used a brayer to smoosh them together and I rolled the brayer in a flower petal kind of way, from the center out. Next I layered tons of art books on every inch on top and let the thing dry. Long story short--there were some air pockets so I needed to perform surgery with my Xacto and more gel medium. My collages are not delicate, so I could do this without fear of messing them up. But if the cut needed to be in the middle of a face or something, that would have caused more anxiety. 

© 2012 Cathy Savage,
Brunechelli's Dome
, detail
Next came 1 x 1" poplar supports that I cut at 45 degree angles in the corners and glued in place. I have another collage that needs to be shipped off this week, and I'm trying not to dread the the upcoming experience of putting it on panel. I'll try another method and will report back.


Roberta said...

I use a tacking iron as described in Jonathan Talbot's book found here:

Cathy Savage said...

My book came in the mail this weekend, thanks to your tip the other day!

Linda Germain said...

Hey there,
One time I was told to wet "stiff" papers before gluing them down. I did this with smaller pieces when gluing them to wood. I think this makes them flexible and more likely to become one with the wood. So I spritzed the back side of my collages, glued them down with mat medium, under pressure. Good Luck!

pat said...

Robert Burridge glues his paper on canvas with great success. I googled Robert Burridge glues paper to canvas. it is in his newsletter.

Aine Scannell said...

Hi Cathy I always read your posts and hope I can suggest something that might help. I was thinking that if you could put the piece (you need to attach) in a colander with hot water underneath in a saucepan, and get it moisturized with stem that that might help. Just a thought.

Let us know how you get on. Good luck.