What is the best way to use different kinds of paper in a collage without the paper wrinkling?
I made a collage, as you can see in the background of the photo, with pages from an old book covering the canvas and then another layer of pages loosely attached to allow the edges to look old and worn. However, in some spots on the pages covering the canvas, some small bubbles and wrinkles formed. I had painted the canvas with decoupage and then put another layer of decoupage over the pages. Would this be the correct method for a smooth finish? Is there a better way? What if I use different types of paper?
Hmmm... personally, I wouldn't expect that ANYTHING glued to canvas would produce a smooth finish. If I were doing this from scratch, I would use a heavy bristol board, PVA glue and a bone folder, smoothing the wrinkles while the glue was still wet.
If I were trying to repair the wrinkles on your existing piece, I would dab the wrinkles with a moist (not wet) pad made from wadded-up pages of the same book. Then I would gently make small pinholes in the moist paper with a needle, cover the area with wax paper, smooth with a bone folder and put it in my book press for a couple of hours. If you don't have a book press, find something rigid but not porous (glass, hard plastic).
Did you glued paper on the canvas and glued another paper on top of it?
I can't see what did you do with this picture. But if to want just make it flat, you could gently iron from the back of the canvas with low heat. Or you can simply start again using wood board instead of canvas maybe.
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