Can a zebra "change" his stripes?
... Apparently so!
This collage was created from the pencil sketch that I drew on Friday. I had a couple ideas. One was the "wind of change" which I couldn't quite figure out how to do. Excellent Photoshop project if I had the knowledge - I would make a wind comprised of coins. Then I settled on either "can a leopard change his spots" or "can a zebra change his stripes." I liked the leopard in that I would paint a very smug looking leopard with wild colored spots. Then I thought it would be funnier to show the process of a zebra changing his stripes using an Acme style kit. I thought that the zebra was too plain with as few stripes as I had in the pencil sketch and put in more on the collage. I think it was a mistake. It's now not as obvious what is going on. Live and learn!
The technique I used was acrylic paints on water color paper for the zebra. The mirror face and tweezers where made from thin metal "paper", the loose stripe is a sliver of leather thong, and the "kit" is cardstock and fiber. The background is Claudine Hellmuth's Elmer glue crackle technique. I actually made this background in her workshop and I liked the coloring with the zebra. It was fun but I should have left off more stripes!!
BTW I did start to heat transfer David Bowie's lyrics to "Ch-ch-ch-changes" but didn't like how it looked (see upper left hand corner). It would have muddied the colors and I like the bright red peaking out...