In this class, we will create messy, complex, abstract backgrounds using a variety of materials and techniques. These finished pieces can stand alone as abstract works of art, or we can further add to them using our favorite quotes or images. We will start with a blank page in our art journals and add colorful marks with oil pastels, pencil, spray inks, stamps and watercolor. The second layer involves collage (using unique paper that we will create in the beginning of class as an exercise to loosen up our creative side!), and more marks with acrylic paint pens. A final layer (if you choose to complete in class–some might want to make several backgrounds to use as inspiration for later) might include adding an inspirational quote, “word of the year”, a photo, collage or stenciled image. We will also explore how to work with pages in our journals where we feel “stuck” or feel like the page just isn’t “working.” In fact, if you have a journal you are already working in, or using to clean off brushes or extra paint, even better! I love to start with a page that already has random marks, and paint, so if you want, you can do a little “homework” and come to class with a few pages already started! But no worries, I will also be demonstrating how to start from scratch and conquer the fear of the blank page.
Spiral-bound journal, at least 9x12” with mixed media paper (I like the Canson XL, or Strathmore mixed media brand)
Stabilo marks-all pencil (in black)
Oil pastels (any brand. my favorite is the very inexpensive crayola brand and a few of the Cray-Pas in fluorescents)
Watercolors (basic set is fine)
Waterbrush (or brush & water container)
Paint pens (a few of your favorite colors. I really like the 15mm size in red, black, white, lime green, fluorescent pink, and aqua. My favorite brands are: Liquitex, Molotow, Montana, Sharpie water-based)
Spray Inks (a few of your favorite colors/brands. Mine are: Dylusions in bubble gum pink and squeezed orange, Hero Arts in neons, and Mister Hueys in black, red, aqua and navy)
Apron (or dress in clothing that is ok to get messy!)
You may bring your own stencils and/or acrylic paint and magazine or collage images if you have absolute favorites you like to work with, but I will be supplying shared use of those items.
You can also bring a smaller size journal if you have one you like to work in (I like to work in multiple journals at once).
Teacher will provide:
Collage paper pack (vintage paper, tissue paper, deil paper, old book paper)
Shared use of: Acrylic paint, spray inks, stencils, texture tools, magazine/collage images, sponges, baby wipes/paper towels, paper plates
Normal Registration: $140, Starting
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