Category Archives: collage papers

A Wild Quacker…

There is a saying, “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.”

Apparently, this person never heard of Weird Bird Wednesday…

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This is a wild Quacker, like a wild card, uh, I mean duck!

YOU get to name it!

That is if you want to play along…

Happy Wild Duck Wednesday!  hehe

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  No “fowl” language…haha

A Lazy Daisy Day

Yesterday, I had a lazy daisy kind of day…

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I was at the lake and the weather was very nice!

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What a difference a week makes!  The photo below on the left was taken last weekend and the photo on the right shows how the beach chairs would NOW be under water!

The sunshine feels wonderful but we don’t need the snow in the mountains to melt too quickly!  Flood warnings are now in place…

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Oh, the balance of nature… glad I’m not in charge! 😉

Hope you had a lazy daisy day too!  What did you do?

Cheers! 🙂

A Hemming Bird

Today, I decided to challenge myself by limiting my collage papers for creating a weird bird.

These are the materials I chose, some were sitting on my table from previous projects:

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I cut out shapes and played with patterns until this Hemming Bird appeared from the coat factory family…

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He (or she) was looking a little disheveled, so I added a few details to make him look im-pressive… hehe!

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I hope your day “shapes up” to be extra wonderful!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  The weather is finally warming up in the Pacific Northwest!  Time to ditch the coats!! YAY!

The Next Chapter…

Last week I showed you my first layers of two collages I started in the online class I’m taking from Anne Marie Grgich: A First Layer

I have made some progress during the last week.  It feels like I have added the next chapter in my collage stories.

I turned this canvas upside down and discovered the close-up of a face, do you see it?

I added some facial features and details, in addition to acrylic paint that I tinted with clear tar gel (which is like a super thick gel medium):

I think adding the yellow and turquoise paint helps bring more cohesion.

And in my second collage, I decided to create a mermaid.  I added more collage images in layers and paint… The progress is more subtle in the photo on the right:

I’m enjoying the process and learning new techniques as I progress.  These collages are like a puzzle or mystery to solve!

I hope you are enjoying the journey with me…

Cheers! 🙂

A First Layer

I was able to get a first layer of collage images glued to my canvas on Saturday for the online art class I’m taking from Anne Marie Grgich, that I shared with you in my last post.

The canvas is 18 x 24 inches:

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This is the first of MANY layers glued with liquid matte gel medium.

I used an old credit card to smooth my papers down but still got several air bubbles…

So I decided to try a second collage on cradled wood board, this one is 11 x 14 inches:

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The air bubbles still showed up but drying overnight helped many of them to disappear.  The rest of the bubbles I will need to pop with an exacto knife and add more glue and smooth with my fingers.  

I learned that the first layer of glue needs to be completely dry BEFORE adding the gel medium on top of my papers.

I did like working on the surface of the cradled wood board better than the canvas as  the surface was more even.

Someone in the class recommended “Yes” glue as it has less water in it than the gel medium.  I think I will try this in the future.

I will show you my collages as they progress…

Hope your Monday has very few wrinkles or crinkles (as in crinkly foreheads…)

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Thank you all for your concern about my right eye.  It has almost completely healed, yay! 👀

 

 

An Egg-cellent Day

I started this abstract in my watercolor journal last week with a Micron pen and decided to add watercolor to it:

 

Then a little collage… I cut three circles from a paper napkin.  And added some water soluble crayons on top:

 

And finished with a few doodles with my black pen:

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Easter is the only time it’s OK to put all your eggs in one basket. – Anonymous

Wishing you an Eggs-cellent day!

Cheers! 🙂

 

YOU Can Be…

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Just think of the possibilities…

If you started your day,

Being AWESOME!!  🙂

When Charlie at Doodlewash.com had an art prompt to create patterns in watercolor on March 3rd, I couldn’t resist!

So I got out my Ecoline Watercolor markers – which Charlie was giving away last summer on his blog (I won a few to try, pretty awesome I must say!) and I just started drawing:

 

Drawing colorful patterns, just makes me FEEL awesome, how about you?

Yesterday, I decided to cut out letters on the back side of my paper:

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I forgot that I had to reverse the “S” but no big deal, I just cut out another one!

After I cut the letters out, I glued them into my journal and added some flowers with my hand painted papers.  Note:  You can’t see the cut into the center of the flowers or letters when you cut one continuous line into the center.

I had some text on my collage table and found this text, which made a perfect flower center:

 

I was thinking this would make a fun card for a friend by adding a special message inside a flower!

I outlined my letters and flowers with a black Micron pen and a little pencil shading to make them pop, as you can see with my photo on the right below:

 

Part of my inspiration for my lettering was the cover of Uppercase Magazine:

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Be AWESOME today!

Cheers! 🙂

February’s Square Project

Perhaps you remember, January’s Square Project?  I am adding a section of paper collaged squares and circles each month to complete a challenge I made for myself.

Well, I had to add a little stitching to January’s section with my sewing machine, not sure that it helps but it was super fun to stitch on paper:

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February’s section is less busy… phew! 😉

I used two methods I learned from Carla Sonheim’s 365 class, the scraping paint technique and text collage.  I like to take her instructions as a starting point and then take them a step further to make them my own.

Below are my notes in my art journal (please excuse the chicken scratch and word misspellings):

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My completed section for February:

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I think it looks so pretty, how about you?

What I liked about February’s experiments:

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I haven’t had much time to pursue creating fabrics with my designs… life has been busy.  I still want to do this but looks like it will be later in the year.

I am excited to see what ideas will inspire me for March.

Cheers! 🙂

Know How To Fold ‘Em…

For some strange reason, Kenny Roger’s song, The Gambler was running through my  mind as I was preparing for today’s post.

Yes, I am aware that I changed my title a little different than the song’s lyrics. 🙂

I wanted to show you how I created the tie-dye affect with tissue paper in Tuesday’s post that you can find here, if you missed it: Swedish Tracing Paper

Below is a photo of the supplies I used:

 

I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s colored india inks, rubber bands, a water spritzer, a plastic palette and plastic gloves.

*The papers I used for today’s experiment were white tissue paper, Swedish Tracing Paper (sewn on my sewing machine) and deli paper.

First, I sprayed the tissue paper with water and folded it.  I used an accordion fold, then folded the paper in half and quarters.

 

Lastly, I wrapped a rubber band tightly around the tissue paper and added colored ink.  The plastic palette gives a place for the ink bundle to dry.

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Below are my 3 bundles of the different *papers I used for this experiment:

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The rubberband acts as a resist to the ink but also how the paper is folded.  I let them dry but sped up the process with a hair dryer so I could show you the results.

The tissue paper reveals a pattern of a Bleeding Heart flower to me:

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The Swedish Tracing paper held more ink so I got an extra print on tissue paper:

 

Lastly, the deli paper experiment:

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What I learned:

  • The deli paper dries the fastest so don’t let it dry too long or I won’t be able to unfold it.
  • Tissue paper is difficult to unfold wearing plastic gloves. 😉
  • I like the results best when I add more than one color of ink.
  • Make sure my rubber bands aren’t too old.  If they break, ink can splatter everywhere…
  • Protect my surface with a piece of paper and my hands with gloves since India ink is permanent.
  • Be open to the unexpected!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of my experiments today!  I look forward to hearing what you think.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Next week I will show you examples of how I used these experiments in my art.

Weird Monday?

I enjoyed creating with my hand-painted collage papers over the weekend.  Carla Sonheim gave us a fun assignment to cut out random collage shapes from our own painted papers with our eyes closed!  Who knew this could be so fun and freeing!!

This cat and mouse showed up first:

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Then Louise…. Louise loved to dress with lots of color and patterns:

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I just love Louise’s sense of style, don’t you?!

And lastly, this friendly beast made its appearance:

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It is a Rhino-leaf-a-rear-as!  The children loved to ride this beast at the strange animal zoo…

I hope this silliness gives you a smile today!

Cheers! 🙂