rice paper collage

asian thought collage
asian thoughts, collage,  5.5 x 8 inches

I keep a mason jar filled with odds and ends of paper on my art table. When I need a trigger, I empty it as though it were a box of puzzle pieces.

Lately, I've been into stamping and previously used corks and cabbage. On this day, my heart leaped toward several, dried orange slices on my art table that I'd been saving for stamping. Using acrylics, I stamped rice paper with the dried orange slices and got the resulting marble-effect.

orange slice stamp
rice paper stamped with dried orange slices

The figure was a trial linoleum print that I did on tissue paper. After adhering it to this collage, I outlined it with sumi ink.

The background has more bits of paper from the jar:

  • edging from a Chinese restaurant placemat 
  • sewing pattern 
  • monoprints on tissue paper 
  • page from a Japanese paperback
  • sumi ink on rice paper

If the imagination is to yield any real product, it must have received a great deal of material from the external world.
Arthur Schopenhauer


  1. Lovely collage...I have to try this rice paper technique soon.

  2. I would love to see this live. It's very nice. I've never used orange peels before for stamping. what fun! {:-Deb

  3. There is so much texture and variety in this. I love that closeup!

  4. I love your artwork, Juana. Very interesting technique using oranges.

  5. Love your ingenuity. Have just found glue it Tuesday. What fun.

  6. LOVELY collage, Juana, and the dried orange slice stamping creates such pretty, soft effects! And I like your idea of the jar of bits, spilling it out to play with as needed. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  7. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and visits.

    Tracy, you're so right about it seeming like "play" when I take out that jar. Sometimes that jar gets me out of a creative stump.


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