Tahneta Lake Tundra Collage

Tahneta Lake Tundra 49"h x 26"w

Most of the leaves have fallen to the ground where I live, yet the Alaskan tundra remains a blanket of colorful texture. Tomorrow it could all be under snow for the winter.

Usually I paint in watercolor, but this image just begged for the vocabulary of textured paper. I use regular white tissue paper, lovely Japanese papers, and an assortment of other papers to get a variety of texture. I lay them on plastic, then splatter them with fluid acrylic paint. Can you imagine how much fun that is? If I splatter with bluegrass music playing, it can get pretty wild. My rug in the studio will never be the same. It’s too late for a drop cloth. After the splattered paper dries, I tear it into pieces and glue them to a canvas.

When I paint with other mediums I like my studio orderly, but when I’m creating a collage my studio looks like a tornado blew through. Today, pieces of paper escaped into the living room and out onto the deck.

I took the photo of this collage outside in the sunshine so you could see the texture. A black fly stopped by and landed on the mountain and I just couldn’t deny him a moment of fame.

Here is a closeup showing the different papers.


9 thoughts on “Tahneta Lake Tundra Collage

  1. Oh, Helen, Thank you! I just hopped over to see your blog because it didn’t come to my inbox. I don’t know why, but I will get it figured out! Congratulations on your toddler. I’m going to recommend your blog to my FaceBook friends. The colors in your photo on your latest blog are the colors of my decor. Of course I love it. I’m going to do a geranium/pelargonium collage for a red wall that is now empty. More paper will fly!

  2. Oh my goodness Suzie, you never cease to amazing me. This looks TERRIBLY WONDERFUL!!!!! I love everything about it, and it SO portrays the texture of our beautiful landscape.

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