Zola stamp and Leaf collage

emile zola, collage, galleryjuana
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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