Assemblage is a bit of a hybrid between collage and sculpture. Collage (which comes from from the French word "colle", which means glue) pieces together flat pieces. Assemblage does the same thing, but with pieces that come in all shapes and dimensions and require and little more than glue to piece together. I have bins of bits of junk in my studio that have been waiting to situate themselves in some artwork, and the chalk paint project was the perfect opportunity to let them shine.
While playing around with the chalk paint, I discovered another wonderful application for the paint. Chalk paint can be watered down very effectively to create various tints: it can create a sort of watercolour effect that can also be layered. I had the idea to do some pen and ink drawings and tint them with the chalk paint. And then I had the idea to incorporate some of these tinted pen and ink drawings into assemblage pieces. Here's what happened.
I did this piece on an old wine box lid. Can you guess what's in this artwork? Did you spot the salad servers? Good. I'm glad you noticed those. There's also lots of other stuff: buttons, lace, clementine crate mesh, window screen, ribbon, wallpaper, cheesecloth, a playing card, a teabag sleeve and nails. And paper. Oh, and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® and Soft Wax. The chalk paint handles the surfaces of all different pieces really beautifully.