The new art course I have just started is "Collage, watercolour and mixed media" and is only partly structured - so room to do my own thing! It is run by the same local artist - Kay Mullen - as the drawing course I've just completed (see this post).
I love collage, so that is what attracted me to it, but it would also challenge me on the drawing and painting front too!
The first week we concentrated on making the collage background. I'm using an A3 piece of watercolour paper, which I had to pre-stretch, but I will be moving on to half imperial size, which is 22" x 15". I have never pre-stretched watercolour paper before, but it was quite easy, though I had to use the bath as I don't have a receptacle large enough for A3 - and certainly not for half imperial!
The paper is fixed to a piece of thick MDF board with brown paper tape.
So, here is the first stage; I've used book pages, sheet music, Japanese newsprint and paper pattern tissue - oh - and a raffle ticket! And no knocking back with any kind of wash - scary!
I then did some stencilling with modelling paste which I coloured with acrylic paint.
Our second session was mainly taken up with drawing, and I chose a bee as my main focal point - done with pens and coloured pencils. The wings are painted with clear Wink of Stella. Having done the drawing course I feel more confident about drawing, but this was another scary moment for me - drawing on top of my collage!
I finished off with a bit of foiling, and also some hexagonal pieces to give it more balance. I've photographed it at an angle to try and catch the wing glimmer and foiling.
The Craft Barn challenge this week is about masks/stencils - good timing!
So ... Bee-lieve in yourself!
I think that is enough bee puns - unless you can leave me an appropriate comment!