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Using Historical Images in Mixed Media Class at the Jacob Edwards Library

Wednesday's class at the Jacob Edwards Library, Using Historical Images in Mixed Media, combined learning about online resources available through the Digital Commonwealth. The Jacob Edwards Library has a significant collection of historic photos complete with descriptions and background information.

After perusing the resource, we talked about the different ways historical images can be used in mixed media.

The participants choose preprinted selections from the collection which were used as collage fodder.

Paired with tea-dyed paper and other collage elements these images came to life under the hands of participants.

Plenty of my tea-stained paper was available to create a vintage-style background.

A wide range of materials is presented for use.

My handmade tea ink made a splash. Packaged in individual bottles with eye droppers, they gave the participants a wide choice of techniques with which to experiment.




Once the initial materials were selected we got down to work. Auditioning elements and different layouts.

Pasting down the papers with gel medium.


Experimenting with ink...



and stamps made especially for this class featuring images gleaned from the Southbridge collection of the Digital Commonwealth.


The finished works were all unique.


We enjoyed seeing the variety of works, giving and getting ideas from each other and having fun.



Many thanks to the Southbridge Cultural Council and MASS Cultural Council for funding this project.

To download the brochure with the outline of this class click on the link below. It will be a shared Dropbox document.

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