Zola stamp and Leaf collage

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Zola 2016, collage, 5 x 5 inches

In early summer, my local second-hand shop had stamp collections on sale. I purchased a couple of them and have started to use them in collage and paintings.

The above collage, Zola 2016,  has a background of gesso, acrylics, a collage of a Émile Zola stamp and a Japanese book page, and a pattern with one of my linocuts to add a soft vertical line. I used a leaf and acrylics to print the leaf, then added color with washes of watercolor.

If you ask me what I came to do in this world,
I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.
― Émile Zola

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  1. wonderful autumn piece, at least it feels autumn to me because of the golden leaf.
    wonderful how you have put this together and do like that quote. Lovely Sunday to you Juana.

  2. Beautiful collage, I love stamps and leaves!

  3. What a lovely piece, Juana! It has a delicate beauty about it.

  4. This is wonderful! The leaf I love especially.

  5. So beautiful. And what a great find at the second hand store. Each different element of this piece is beautiful.

  6. Very creative collage ~ so lovely and creative ~ I love it! ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a lovely week ~ ^_^

  7. beautiful collage!! i love all the elements you used!

  8. Ooh that's so cool. When I was little I totally had a big stamp collection (yep, I was one of THOSE kids). ;) Love all the texture and the colors in your piece.

  9. Beautiful piece, I love all the variation in the leaf! Terrific quote and what a wonderful stamp that is!

  10. You did a wonderful collage! I love it how you created the texture of the background and the contrast of the colors! As longer as I look at this piece as more do I get calm and relaxed. There is always some kind of magic in your artwork.


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