This class is organized into two parts. In Hand-Painted Paper you’ll create a rainbow of your very own hand-painted papers! We will experiment with layers of paint using found objects, spattering, dripping and more as we work in color families. You will paint on Yasutomo Kozo paper and finish with a collection of at least 20 sheets of gorgeous—and very personal— pieces of hand-painted paper, as well as a toolbox full of paper-painting techniques to mix and match. In Cut-Paper Collage you’ll work with the paper you created in Hand-Painted Paper to create a variety of playful collage compositions including buildings and architecture, floral, botanical, insect and animal.
Hand-Painted Paper Itinerary
The warm color family — colors of the sun and fire! In this lesson we will play with busy and calm to create red, orange and yellow papers created with found objects, stencils, and your fingertips.
Cool is the color of the sky, water, grass and things that sooth us. Lesson 2 focuses on blue, green and purple using the decorative paint techniques of the spatter screen and sgraffito.
Neutrals like white, gray, brown and black bring harmony to composition. In Lesson 3 we explore neutrals with two more painting techniques, dry brush and gesso ghost drips.
Cut-Paper Collage Itinerary
Did you know that almost everything in the world is made up of five, basic shapes? In lesson 1 we will begin our collage adventure by breaking it down to the basics in a fun exercise with magazine clippings.
Because you can never have enough hand-painted paper, we will make some more! Lesson 2 brings metallic paints into the fray as well as a fun, handmade stamp exercise that will make your patterned papers truly your own. Plus, we will put the adhesive onto all of our papers so that they are ready to cut in lesson four!
Backgrounds are the foundation of our painterly collages. In Lesson 3 we will create a variety of subtle backgrounds to use in our upcoming compositions.
Let’s build houses and buildings and neighborhoods! We will start “thinking in stacks” with 2D houses and then jump to rendering them in 3D to bring depth and dimension to architectural compositions.
Florals and botanicals truly lend themselves to collage because they are so easily broken down into shapes. We will learn an easy way to begin to go beyond the basics into more complex shapes and then we will grow a big, abundant garden, as well as experiment with insects and animals.
Acrylic ink is the grand finale; dots and lines bring detail to our work and will literally light it up!