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Topic: Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously: Art Camp Collage (pic heavy)  (Read 1649 times)
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« on: October 03, 2013 11:44:50 AM »

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cackle and I recently went to art camp! It was an art retreat hosted by Art Is...You, and it was a blast! We took several classes and learned so much. The creative energy was contagious. It was like finding your people, all in one place.

One of my favorite classes was "Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously", taught by LorriMarie Jenkins. She was so fun and encouraging. The class focused on just having fun with your art. We had a six hour time period and we all made two pieces, both measuring 12" by 12". What?!? I am a plodder and a thinker! I need more planning time! But not in this class...I really learned to trust my instincts, and I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Here's my first piece:


We layered each board with old book pages, then used lots of torn paper and fabric to add texture. Once we had a base collage, we added a copy of an old photograph and embellished it with ears or hats. This one has a mask because I accidentally ripped the image around her eye area. No problem; I just cut out some eyes from a moon image and slapped them down. Once we had the image of the woman on, we coated the entire piece with Mod Podge, and then gessoed everything except the image. I got way too heavy with the gesso on this one, but that's why we make two, to learn from our mistakes.  Cheesy

Once the gesso was down, we added in color using glaze, and then painted in details like polka dots.

Here are some details so you can get a better idea of the layers:


Burlap makes for great texture:


All that, before lunch!

After lunch, we started on our second work. On this one, I used more papers and less gesso. The text says, "the moonlight becomes her". In case you're wondering, that's Mrs. Grover Cleveland there. I hope she doesn't mind that I gave her a butterfly wing headdress!


Some details:




I may hang it in this bathroom, because the color really works with the wall color:


If you made it this far, congratulations! That was wordy. In any case, if you ever have a chance to go to an art retreat, do it! It was so incredibly inspiring. I have so many projects I'm dying to do now. Plus, I learned a lot of new techniques and worked with materials I'd never heard of, like the amazing Stabilo 8046 pencil, which outlines in a lovely dark black, but is water soluble, so you can feather a lovely shadow out from it. You can see this on the outer edge and around the images of the women in both of my pieces.

If you'd like to hear more about my experience in art camp, look for my article on the Craftster blog next Tuesday, October 8th. I'll talk about what it was like and also some of my other classes. Did I mention I met Teesha Moore, and Andrea and Michael DeMeng?  Roll Eyes If you'd like to read about what else I made at "art camp", and all about the fantastic experience it was, click here.
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013 12:04:22 PM »

Gorgeous, and I'm looking forward to your blog post next week!
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2013 12:14:14 PM »

Love these, racky! Thank you for sharing the techniques.

I've never worked with Gesso. What is its general purpose, just paper?

All the details you added fit the picture. Till you pointed out the polka dots, then I started noticing the little touches. Like the pearl necklace. The colors and themes are not Halloween or Christmas.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2013 12:43:55 PM »


I've never worked with Gesso. What is its general purpose, just paper?


Gesso is what painters use to prep canvases before they paint. It's generally a chalky white paintlike material. It's a great primer for most things, if you want to paint them. It's also very opaque, if you want to cover something up.

The colors and themes are not Halloween or Christmas.  Cheesy

Every now and then I do things non-holiday oriented. I'm hoping cackle will post what she did too, although I will tell you, in the interest of full disclosure, that one of hers is definitely Halloween themed. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013 12:47:42 PM »

Just beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013 01:08:43 PM »

Thanks for sharing a bit of what you learned!

I am thinking that you might be teaching your own classes soon!

Both pieces are wall worthy!
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013 01:31:14 PM »

So much more fun than any camp I've been to!! I'd rather do art than the tippy canoe test any day!

I love what you came up with. It sounds like a really wonderful environment to create it. Thanks for explaining Gesso. I was curious what that was. I think I need some!
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2013 01:56:14 PM »

I love both pieces, they're so fun and pretty!
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2013 02:22:50 PM »

You lucky duck! Those are fab and I'm jelly you met such faboo arty folk!
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2013 02:27:15 PM »

You lucky duck! Those are fab and I'm jelly you met such faboo arty folk!


What if I told you we took classes with both Andrea and Michael DeMeng, and did a workshop with Teesha Moore? It was awesome!
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