I recently attended a two part webinar hosted by Liz Hough from the St. Ives School of Painting. It was really interesting and inspiring to watch Liz explain and demonstrate a series of processes that can help inspire us to create abstract art. We were set homework and here’s my homework from the first webinar:
To create these abstract seascapes studies I chose to use watercolour paints. I painted several sheets of watercolour paper using a limited palette – I used Paynes Blue Gray, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and Prussian Blue by Daniel Smith. The idea is that creating studies like these can help us to create more serious pieces of abstract art work. I like how these turned out. They inspire me. I will be exploring abstract art further. I also still have to do homework for the second webinar, so I will cover that in another post.
Also on the subject of abstraction, I created a collection of small abstract seascapes in indigo and arranged them in a mosaic form:
One of the squares in the above mosaic inspired me to paint this seascape:
I painted this stormy wild seascape in watercolour on Arches Rough watercolour paper, 140 lb. The colours I used were Winsor & Newton’s Indigo, Cascade Green and Manganese Blue Hue by Daniel Smith. Did you guess the square in the mosaic that inspired this? It’s not hard, it was the second line down and the second in from the left!
If you’re interested in my watercolour work please consider following me on instagram – @evelynflintwatercolours – as I post there a bit more frequently than here on my blog. But of course I will always post more information about my work here on my blog.
I’m concluding my post with a great quote from Oscar Wilde:
“Art only begins where imitation ends”
Hazel Soan quoted this at the end of an interview she recently gave. It got me thinking, and I hope it will get you thinking too…
I’m sharing three collages today as part of an ongoing collage project following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. Here is my collage for prompt no. 18 – tissue paper…
This is a brightly coloured collage aptly named “Indian Summer”. Numerous scraps of tissue paper have been worked into this collage, of different colours, along with some dried flowers and a scrap of crocheted cotton…
Above we have promt no 19 – cardboard. I used a strip of cardboard from a box that something was delivered in. I painted it with Titanium White acrylic paint, left it to dry and then went over it with some acrylic craft paint called “Avocado”. I stuck it down the left side of my collage and it complements the other collage elements nicely…
Here we have prompt no. 20 – maps. I tore up sections of three different maps and used them for the base of my collage. Then I used tea bag papers and fabrics scraps to collage over the top of the maps.
All three collages measure 20 cm x 20 cm. I have now also glued all my collages into a new A4 sketchbook and I have to say it’s nice to flip through the pages and see all the different collages I’ve created so far. Collages are a fun, no pressure way to create art…
Today, after a 3 month break, I am resuming the collage project I was doing with my sister Carolyn. The project had been temporarily shelved for an assortment of reasons but I can now see my way clear to resume where I left off. Carolyn probably wont be posting any for a while yet but do click the link and enjoy browsing through her art work anyway.
For our collage project we were following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. It’s a great book with wonderful creative collage ideas. Today I begin with prompt no. 16 which is “upside down”. Here’s what I did…
I have chosen soft autumn colours for this collage and I have deliberately placed several elements of the collage upside down. In my corner of the UK autumn is setting in early – trees are changing colour in the park and leaves are dropping like mad. It’s more than likely due to our unusually hot summer and lack of rain.
I have also done prompt no. 17 which is “finger paint”. I had to place some paint onto my collage using only my fingers – a little bit messy but quite fun to do…
Soft blue shades dominate this collage. White and turquoise acrylic paint was fingered down the left hand side of the collage but I have covered over some of it with collage elements. There is also some white paint across the top too. Erosion Bundle paper was used for this collage along with some used teabags, some scrim and a couple of bits of flaky paint I found in the harbour which probably came off a boat or two…
I love collage – it’s so much fun. I love how it’s a form of art that anyone can do, whether you have no art experience at all or are a seasoned professional artist. Collage can be as simple or as complex as you wish. It’s a fun way to let your imagination run wild.
More collages are in progress as I speak and I will post them soon. Why not try a little collage work this week… ?
A collage made entirely from old book covers. It was created for prompt no.15 in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman, a collage project I’m doing with my sister Carolyn. Unfortunately Carolyn is unwell at the moment and wont be posting her collages for a while, but do visit her blog anyway and be inspired by her beautiful, creative mixed media artwork and textile art…
I used three different vintage book covers for this collage. I love the vintage blue colours and textures of the the different covers. Old books are great for collages!
Today it’s time for a little collage catch up for the collage project I’m doing with my sister Carolyn. We’re following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. I have three collages to share today and they are all word related.
First, the prompt for week 12 was typography. Here’s what I did:
A collage consisting entirely from words cut out from old magazines. The words have been cut in half or overlapped for added interest. I used type in shades of blue and turquoise, but added that little touch of yellow off centre for a focal point.
The prompt for week 13 was Secret Message – you pick a name, word or phrase or similar and create a collage incorporating the letters. Here’s my collage:
I jumbled the letters of my “secret word” up and glued them round the edge of my collage…
The prompt for week 14 was stamps – use stamps (any sort of stamps) to create an additional layer to a collage. Here’s my offering:
I created my collage in shades of vintage pink with complementary neutral shades and stamped the word “vintage” on my collage in black ink.
I enjoyed creating these collages. A couple of the prompts have taken me a little out of my comfort zone and forced me to create something I wouldn’t have otherwise have created. So that’s a good thing. I’m looking forward to pressing on with the rest of the prompts in the book and I’m sure I’m going to be forced even further out of my comfort zone with some of them… !
It’s collage time! Welcome to weeks 10 and 11 of the collage project I’m doing with my sister, Carolyn, following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman.
The week 10 prompt is Decollage. We had to glue down lots of layers of paper and then when the glue is nearly dry rip the top layers of papers away to reveal what’s underneath. Here’s what I did:
I used soft pastel coloured papers and also added some dried pressed flowers – a little hint of spring….
The week 11 prompt is numbers – create a collage with numbers as the focus. Here’s my offering:
A vintage blue collage with a spring twist with the added dried pressed flowers. And of course the numbers were included and I used vintage ephemera for that. Some erosion bundle papers went into this collage as well….
I had fun creating these collages. Next weeks theme is typography – something a little different for me. Looking forward to it…. !
Welcome to weeks 8 and 9 of the collage project I’m doing with Carolyn, following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. The prompt for week 8 was reassemble – cut an image into approximately equal squares and rearrange them to create a new image. Here’s what I did:
This is a print of one of my own photos cut up into squares and reassembled. This is the original image:
This was quick and easy and fun to do. Next is week 9 and the prompt was squares and rectangles. We had to choose 2 or more images and cut them into squares and rectangles and then create a collage using the pieces. Here’s what I did:
This collage measures 8″ x 8″ and is created entirely from my own art work and photography except for one small square which happens to be a piece of scrapbook paper. Each square of this collage is a work of art in it’s own right! Please click on the image to view it larger to see more of the details. At the bottom section of the collage you have the yellow ochre sand with rocks, seaweed and rock pools. In the middle section you have the sea ~ a mixture of turquoise, greens, rich inky indigo and prussian blue tones. Towards the top of the collage I see a distant shoreline topped with moody grey and blue sky.
There will be more collage fun next week – thank you for visiting!
Today I am posting 2 weeks of collages together as I wasn’t able to get any done last week! So first this is week 6 – image pairings. For this we had to cut an image in half and create two different collages from each half of the image. Here’s what I did:
For these collages I cut in half an image from a vintage French fashion magazine and created 2 collages from each half. The first one has a spring feel to it and the second one has a touch of winter added to it.
Next we have week 7 collages – strips. We had to cut 2 or 3 images into strips and then rearrange the strips to create a totally new image. Here’s what I did:
For this collage I used ocean themed images in ocean colours.
For this collage I used images with different shades of indigo blue.
These collages are part of a collage project I’m doing with my sister Carolyn, we’re following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. All of my collages this week measure approx. 8″ x 8″ and will be stuck into a sketchbook I’ve set aside especially for this project.
This is week 5 of a collage project I’m doing with my sister Carolyn, we’re following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. This week’s prompt is colour plunge – create a collage using only different shades of one (or almost one) colour. I did three collages in total…
The first collage is made up from vintage pale blue papers and some fabric from an erosion bundle….
This collage is again blue but totally different blues – rich dark Prussian blue tones to this one. The fabrics in this came from my erosion bundles….
The last collage is made using vintage pale green papers, with tiny hints of turquoise here and there. I used some erosion bundle papers in this one. There’s a tiny piece of scrim on the left and some vintage cellotape on the right to add extra vintage touches.
All three collages measure 8″ x 8″. They all turned out completely different to how I originally intended them to be but I like them. Next week’s prompt is image pairings – I need to think about this one….
Welcome to week 4 of a collage project I’m doing with my sister Carolyn, following the prompts from Randel Plowmans book The Collage Workbook. This weeks prompt is colour charge – add colour to a collage that’s primarily black and white. Here’s what I did:
This is a vintage black and white collage coloured with a fairly bright orange. I’ve used orange printed material and orange oil pastel. This collage measures approx. 6″ x 6″.
For this collage I printed out some of my own black and white photographs and cut them up for the collage base. Then I added rusty colours in the form of watercolour paint, rusty paper scraps and some fabric – both from my erosion bundle material. This collage measures 8″ x 8″.