I create 3D and interactive mixed media paintings inspired by pop-up books. I often include objects that “pop out” from the painting as well as movable interactive aspects.
I create many different themes in this style and try not to limit myself to any one idea. I start by drawing each figure painting them, cutting them out, darkening the edges. Then I build any framework that I may need for the piece, and usually on 140lb paper I paint the textures or surfaces that will need to cover the framework. Once that is dry I decoupage the painted textures onto the framework. Before the framework and figures are added to the canvas I paint the background onto the canvas.
After the canvas is dry I attach all the pieces to the canvas, add the appropriate shadowing and seal it all with a coat of decoupage. I enjoy adding small decoupaged messages or quotes to the back of my canvas as a little surprise.