Today's guest post is from the talented Mystele! I have long adored Mystele's folk art-style paintings. And having met her in person, I can say that she is just as lovely a human being in person as she appears to be in her videos. Such a delight!
The process I’m sharing with you via video is one of my favorites- creating abstract winged creatures with textured collage. You don’t need a lot of supplies for this, either- woot!, and you can, of course, adapt the supply list to suit your collage and creative aesthetic. There are NO hard and fast rules. In fact, I really hope you’ll take this basic concept and figure out how to incorporate it into your creative style. Enjoy the process!
- Sturdy substrate
- A variety of textured collage ephemera
- Extra heavy gel medium
- Scraper/Burnishing tool
- Brush for gel medium
- Scissors (tearing is just fine, too!)
After you’ve prepped your substrate (I used a cradled wood panel from the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby and covered the image with scrapbook paper), determine how you’d like to compose your creature and then glue down the pieces with gel medium.
Continue adding texture until you are satisfied with the overall composition. The great thing about collage is that you can move the pieces around before adhering them. You can even take photos of different options to help you decide. Then, add color (and pattern, if you’d like) around the image.
The final touches are made by adding some unifying color and design to the wings.
- Began painting in 2008; My home studio grew into a space where I could exchange the weight of depression for Something More
- Self-taught but not living “off the grid”= inspired by so many things out there; lifelong learner
- Acrylic & mixed media + childlike wonder (play) + “me” = what gets created