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Around Here: July 2022

3 Mixed Media Collages: Shake Up Your Process

On Friday, I taught a live online class called, "Mixed Media Collage: Embellishing a Basic Design."  We had a great time and I made three demo collages during the two-and-a-half hour class.  When you're working from a formula, you can get a lot done really quickly!  Would you like to see the three mixed media collages I made?

In class we discussed how to get started with a basic design and then embellish it...

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...how to fix a collage gone wrong...

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...and how to work from a plan...

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Of course, you can't tell from looking at them which process was used for which collage.  As artists, I think we often get lost in the process.  We copy other people's process from watching it on YouTube or in class.  We find one process that works and refuse to stray from it.  We never finish anything because the part of the process that we like is beginning.  I get it.  Listen, we all think and work differently and the way we think and work can change over time.  As we gain more knowledge, new knowledge, fresh inspiration, etc. it's only natural to evolve. So this is me telling you that I think it's important to experiment with your process to see what works for you RIGHT NOW.  It's not forever.  It's not your permanent process.  It's what feels "right" to you right now. 

If you're stuck in a rut, try approaching your artwork with a new process. Here are three examples:

  • If you always start with the background, begin with the foreground. 
  • If you tend to work improvisationally, try working from a sketch. 
  • If you usually wait to glue bits and pieces down, start gluing as you go.

There are lots of ways to shake up your process and kick start your creativity.  The biggest key to developing your voice as an artist is developing your own practice.  Knowing your process and experimenting with new ways of working are keys to your practice.  So you can see that you need one in order to have the other.

Wishing you a wonderfully creative day!  Thanks for stopping by!

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