Our May demonstration was presented by Sequim artist Gail Larson, who created a collage on paper. Gail uses either 300 lb watercolor paper or canvas board as a substrate, then applies additional papers and ephemera with either matte medium or heavy gel (both available from Golden and Daniel Smith). Her compositions are generally abstract, and she ties her compositions together with both color and shape, working mostly on several pieces at a time to create a series of artworks. Gail uses many types of Asian papers, including rice and mulberry papers, and also paints her papers with acrylics to obtain the desired colors. She often prepares her substrate by texturing it with fiber pastes, acrylic gels, and even spackle from the hardware store! As a result of this inspiring demo, several AU members hope to work together in a collage focus group later this summer. Below: Upper row is completed collages of Gail's. Lower row shows Gail demonstrating the application of collage layers.