Back in November I went to a fabulous 4 day Mixed Media Collage Workshop led by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach. See my first blog post about it here.
It was such fun getting messy and creating colourful papers in readiness for our first 6 collages. We used pages from old books we had been supplied with – books that would otherwise have gone to landfill. The print adds a layer of texture and interest.
And the books themselves make perfect little sketchbooks to carry around for those odd doodling moments
Julie and Nathalie have a great way of introducing the theory of colour and composition in fun bite-sized exercises. In this one we were mixing tones of one colour using black and white
no paint was wasted, we cleaned our brushes on more paper
and then experimented with stamps, building up layers of marks, pattern and colour – my memory is a of a frenzy of fun and activity as we all dashed off all these wonderfully inspiring pieces without really thinking
In this way we gradually built up supplies and confidence, moving towards creating pieces we were pleased with.
The background of this one is the newspaper I was using to protect the cloth beneath. I think at this stage it reminds me of textiles …. still more to do in those blue squares, but I’m not sure what yet……
I wondered about adding a little knot of silk remnant
and maybe some stitching …… hmmm …. not there yet.
Julie’s first Blog post about the workshop explains the format of Day One and Two.
There is a picture of me (the 8th one in) in pink Tshirt, working away, ( and a couple more later on) plus loads of pictures of fellow students and their work. This blog post alone is inspiring enough to keep me busy for weeks as I remember all I learnt and discovered.
And then we were ready to work towards some finished pieces.
Next up – working in a series: six collages on 6″ x 6″ card
Julie’s second Blog Post: Whimisical Collage in the UK Part Two shows lots of these from the group. You might be able to spot mine in amongst them.
The best part – building the layers with stamps and oil pastel lines and scribbles
The next part is wondering if they are finished or not
The 4 on the left have a story attached to them, but that is for another day ……
Joining in with Kate and her Scrap Happy January band of happy scrappers.