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I recently attended a collage workshop at The Ink Pad.  It was a very free form day, in which instructor Lynn Gall gave us some words of wisdom and advice up front and then set us free to play for the rest of the day.

I made seven 8x8 collages:

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All of these collages incorporate found papers with hand printed papers -- Gelli prints, stamped papers (hand carved, of course), painted papers,  and stenciled papers (much of it done on Deli Paper).

Looking at them I'm struck by the fact that my collage work always tends to be painterly.  This was not a mixed media class, but in my mind paint & collage go together like peanut butter & jelly.  I can't help myself when it comes to adding dabs and blots of paint absolutely everywhere!

I don't tend to do a lot of abstract work, so it was really good for me to get away from painting faces.  In fact, I rather purposefully stayed away from incorporating any traditional focal images (with perhaps one exception) because I wanted to push myself to just use shape and color to create harmony and story.

I know which of these collages is my favorite, but I'm wondering which one is your favorite and why?  I'd love to know!

Thanks for stopping by!

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