Session 3 of the workshop Collaging With Artist Made Papers was all about creating finished pieces. We set out using all the papers that had already been created in the last two sessions. First session we made paste papers in a variety of colors and textures. In the second session, we used other devices to make original papers, things like drawing with
the candle and painting over it, blowing puddles of paint with a straw, blending and graduated color washes, using specific brush strokes to create visual textures, all of which became our paint palette. From there, we used them to create the fabulous works of art.
Cutting papers is a perfectly valid way to create pieces to glue it into your collage. However I tend to favor tearing papers because there is a much more organic feel to the edge as it is incorporated into the artwork.
There are techniques to tearing papers, whether you tear a piece of paper with the grain or against it and whether you tear the paper up or down. All of these will make variations in the type of edge you get when you tear your paper. I demonstrated paper tearing and showed them how to make a shape with torn paper. Not as easy as you would think.
Assembling collage pieces into a cohesive work of art is real brain work. It takes a lot of thought to decide how to design with paper and what shapes and colors should be used to execute what you were trying to create. Like an artist working with paint, the papers are frequently layered over, enhancing the richness of the surface.
The textures one creates through this layering process adds another dimension. I directed the students to create an abstract landscape for the first project and the second project was totally up to the discretion.
In that project, some students
added photography and images from other sources. It is important to integrate these things together so that they don’t stand out like a sore thumb and to create a fully integrated piece.
The students created wonderful art and had a great time. There were a lot of smiles and laughter between the concentration, tearing and gluing. So much so that they asked me to create studio hours. What do you think of that idea?
If you want to come have some creative play with me and make some great art, join the Textures In Painting workshop that I am offering on 3 consecutive Thursday evenings, June 5, 12 & 19. We’ll have a blast! For more info and to register, CLICK HERE.