Layers, layers, layers…When I get inspired for a project, I like to consider how I can use different materials to transform the project from a simple collage to something with more depth and richness.
So for this Koi piece, I printed on Chinese book pages to start. These would form the body of the fish.
Then I gessoed and painted with acrylics the background of the wooden panel. I worked in several layers here to produce colors and textures that would give the underlying deep color of a koi pond.
Then I collaged on Japanese mulberry papers and painted that. I used the natural fibers in the paper to echo the image of a underwater plant life.
Later I added the shapes of the fish which were cut from the book pages. And I painted details over them.
I sealed it all with matte medium.
See full size image below: