Wow, Margaret. This collection -- great looking work.
Would you mind saying a little more about the use of the acetate transparency? I have a few commercial ones I picked up along the way and I've tried printing (ink jet) on overhead transparency stock. Do you glue the transparency directly onto the collage? Or do you scan the transparency on top of something else then use that printed image in the collage? Or something else?
Thanks for the link and the tips. For sure it helps.
The dots and tape are transparent?
I wonder about a spray adhesive. Every now and then I break down and use one. Usually when I'm trying to adhere a larger than normal (for me) piece of paper. But it seems like it might work on the reverse side of a transparency as well.
I'm not Margaret...and she is THE voice on this sort of thing, but where possible I like to use cold connections (eyelets, brads) to tack down the corners. If that's not possible, I'll use a special kind of glue called Diamond Glaze, which can blob if not worked quickly but is transparent when dry. My problem with regular glue and gel medium is that they leave an opacity, sometimes even brushstrokes. So I am as eager to hear from Margaret on this as you are.
Can you cover a large area with the Diamond Glaze? It looks like it's intended for smaller applications. I hear you about the brushstrokes. Again, what about a spray, putting aside for a minute their downsides.
I use the Diamond Glaze in tiny THIN dots spaced as infrequently as possible to accomplish the job. This results in a little wiggle in the acetate, which can be cool if kind of creepy--it's actually a way to manipulate the surface effect. Another thing I've done is to Diamond Glaze the central area and then incorporate other collage elements over the edges of the acetate, for anchorage. I haven't had too much luck with spray because I can't control it. I tried it...going for a completely flat-looking adhered surface...but I couldn't achieve that.
It's hard to get a completely flat adhesion without brush strokes and some opacity, at least for me. My best results have been with high-gloss gel medium, if I need absolutely flat, but it's work of risk, trying to create what you visualize in your head.