My favorite collage pieces I've created are the ones with a marked contrast. In fact, I told my collage teacher, Annette DeFerrari of The ArtsCenter of Carboro, in the second class that I wanted to learn how to work with dark/black colors so that the end result was uplifting and inspiring, not dark, pessimistic or hopeless.
For the bright, light colors, I find metal colors, reflective surfaces and pure light colors work well. So I use
- gold leaf, aluminum, coins (metal)
- rhinestones, mylar paper, mirrors (reflective)
- glitters, heavy pigmented paints and thick solid papers (pure colors)
- noir paint
- crepe paper (from the party store)
- ink (beware the poisonous properties of India Inks - I'll have to research them to find out exactly what the warning labels mean and share with you later)
I believe people pursue spiritual practices for the same reason -- to find balance. They want to learn how to shine their light and highlight what's good in a world gone dark.
Do you have an example of duality? Of the dark and light interplay in your life or your art? Please share.