I love to play with a variety of media in my art journal to build up beautiful, colorful, complex layers using oil pastels, watercolor, stencils, acrylic paint pens, and spray inks. These could easily be called finished works of art and left alone--but why stop there? I like to use these lusciously layered backgrounds as a backdrop to my portraits. I love the way the layers peek through each face, telling a unique story. In this class, I will show you how I create my own unique collage papers using a very simple set of art supplies and build layers in our journals with those same techniques. We will explore how the different media work together to create different effects (resist with oil pastels and watercolor/spray inks, stenciling techniques, how to layer collage, etc) and we will be working on multiple surfaces to keep our creative momentum going (basically, we're going to spread out and get messy!). The last layer will be drawing the face and shading with oil paintsticks to create dimension. This is where we will play with transparency as we allow some previous layers to "peek" through the face. We will focus on ways to make our portraits come alive. And no drawing experience necessary! The faces will be very simple and raw but the results are dramatic!
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 Cray-Pas fluorescents)
Watercolors (basic set is fine)
Waterbrush (or brush & water container)
Shiva Oil Paintsticks (yellow ochre, titanium white, alizarin crimson) **the studio has these for sale. Please let us know if you'd like to order a set**
Paint pens/markers in various sizes and colors (white, black, and a few of your favorite colors and brands. I like Liquitex, Sharpie water-based, Montana, etc. in red, aqua, lime green, neon pink and gold)
Spray inks (pick a few of your favorite colors—My favorites are Dylusions in bubble gum pink, squeezed orange, Hero Arts in neons, and Mister Hueys in red, black, aqua and navy)
Apron (or dress in clothing that is ok to get messy!)
You may bring your own stencils and acrylic paint 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, sponges, baby wipes/paper towels & paper plates
Normal Registration: $140, Starting
Online registration for Luscious Layered Portraits with Nicole Austin is closed. Please call 408-266-1005 to check for availability.