The brief was to create a neutral-toned collage with a splash of colour. Starting with a variety of papers and fabric, I added some eggshell for texture. And I couldn't resist finishing it off with a touch of gold.
Messy May “belonging”
This Messy May challenge gave further confirmation that I am much more inspired by technique prompts than word prompts. And I got to use some of my precious dried flowers and Japanese paper in the process.
Art Journal Joy
I enjoy doing art classes; it's always interesting to see what you can learn from other people's processes. This time it's using collage and mark-making to spark ideas.
Messy May “cultivation”
Just like working in series, only smaller. This Messy May miniature composition exercise is a fun way to do some quick experimentation.
Collage exploration #9
Series: Collage exploration #9 It took me days to get around to gluing this one down and, to be honest, the only reason I actually did it was to get it out of the way so I can move on to something more interesting. I wasn't that taken by the example in the Project Collage… Continue reading Collage exploration #9
Collage exploration #8
Series: Collage exploration #8 This is the other colour blocks collage; the one that I started work on before changing tack and making the ratty one. The background on this one is created jigsaw-style, but the main elements are just layered on top. It didn't feel in keeping with the examples in the book, but… Continue reading Collage exploration #8
Collage exploration #7
Series: Collage exploration #7 I'm not completely sure about this style of collage. It's an interesting technical challenge, creating the jigsaw-style pieces, but I'm not convinced it works for me. Maybe if I was working on a free-floating design rather than one that fills the page... Anyway, the idea was to make a collage with… Continue reading Collage exploration #7
Collage exploration #6
Series: Collage exploration #6 This is another mini collage inspired by one of the examples in the Project Collage book. I rather like the way the book is organised into different themes with just a few examples for each: the first two I made from it were Torn and Layers & Tears from the "Freehand"… Continue reading Collage exploration #6
Collage exploration #5
Series: Collage exploration #5 This was most definitely fun to make. Hard work at times and not a quick process, but I love the result. This "layer and tear" décollage piece was inspire by a technique in the Project Collage book. I lost count of how many layers of magazine papers I glued to base… Continue reading Collage exploration #5
Collage exploration #4
Series: Collage exploration #4 After I'd made the third one of these with no direction other than the papers in front of me, I decided that it might be useful to have some external inspiration. I already have a copy of The Collage Ideas Book — breaking my usual rule of "only fiction on Kindle",… Continue reading Collage exploration #4
Collage exploration #3
Series: Collage exploration #3 Before it got lost in the stash of papers again, I thought I ought to make something with the die-cut butterfly outline I'd started with on the last mini collage. The previous collages have been mostly made of pages taken from magazines, for this one I primarily picked papers that I… Continue reading Collage exploration #3
Collage exploration #2
Series: Collage exploration #2 This one was going to have a butterfly on it. The first thing that caught my eye was a scrap of paper that had the outline of a butterfly where one had been die-cut for another project, and I thought that could make an interesting negative space element. But as I… Continue reading Collage exploration #2
Collage exploration #1
Series: Collage exploration #1 Ages ago I bought some pre-cut mounts in three different sizes and, while I've used a handful of the larger two sizes, I've been stumped for a use for the smallest ones. The outer dimensions are a reasonable 5″×7″ but a 1″ border means that the aperture is only 3″×5″ and… Continue reading Collage exploration #1
This workshop — True North Star — used to be offered as a standalone class by Laly Mille, though it's now only included in one of her longer classes. It was also one of the bonuses with Wanderlust 2021 and that's how I came to make this. And one of these days I will managed… Continue reading Star-gazing hare
I often use collage as a base layer in mixed media pieces, but it's rare that it's visible, other than as texture, by the time I've finished. In recent months, I've had this underlying curiosity about using collage as the main form rather than just a starting point. So, when I saw some discarded papers… Continue reading Scrap collage