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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pomegranate Collage Demonstration


I love the feeling of being in the middle of a painting and things are spread out all around my studio...I am in my element! The business of being creative gets messy sometimes. I like creative chaos. I just finished a stained paper collage. I thought it would be fun to share the collage process in its stages.

I stain/paint a lot of papers with watercolor. This takes time so I usually set aside a day to do this. I stain the paper with primary, secondary colors and neutrals. I line the floor with paper towels. I lay the painted papers on the floor to dry. 

The Japanese papers are commonly known as Mulberry, Unryu, Washi Paper. Do I have a favorite paper...no. Do I have resource... no. I just buy papers when I find something that interests me. Some papers are transparent and others opaque.  I suggest you do a word search for the papers I listed above and see where you can purchase some.

I draw the image on a 300lb piece of watercolor paper. I begin by blocking in the image with the stained papers. I use acrylic matte medium to adhere the papers to the watercolor paper. In the beginning the images looks rough but it is only the early stage
I have covered about half the watercolor paper with pieces of stained papers. I block in the large shapes first and tear the stained papers to get desired shapes. When I come up against small shape I’ll lay the Japanese paper on top of my drawing and use a wet brush to draw an outline. The paper will tear in a more controlled manner along the wet line. The collage paper should overlap the edges of other papers. The entire surface of the watercolor paper needs to be covered with collage.

Before I begin painting I need to unify the surface of the collage. I use a 50/50 mixture of matte medium and water. I painted the mixture over the entire collage and allowed to air dry before I begin painting.

The technique of painting on a surface that is covered with acrylic matte medium is very different than a traditional watercolor. The surface does not have the same absorbency as watercolor paper. The amount of water mixed with the paint and on the brush is decreased. All professional grade watercolors work for this technique.

I use the technique of negative painting to suggest more leaf shapes in the background. If you are unfamiliar with negative painting use the "Search" bar to the right to read past posts on the technique

In the final stage I added additional collage leaves on the lowest pomegranate, cast shadows.

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16 comments:

  1. Lovely!
    Is this your next workshop?
    Sign me up!

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    1. Thanks for asking. I hope to be teaching collage in the future.

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  2. Wow. I don't think I've seen watercolour over a collage like this before. Your results are really beautiful!

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    1. The look is unique! I love the end results, too.

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  3. Wow Brenda, what a beautiful piece!

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  4. I love the texture that it gives the painting, brings it to life. Beautiful piece Brenda. I can't wait for a workshop on this. HUMMMM...........Karla

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    1. Your sweet, Karla. Hopefully I will teach this in the near future. In the meantime we get to dream of our trip to Tuscany!

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    2. I can't wait to go to Italy. We are going to have such a wonderful time.

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    3. Karla, Before Italy...Santa Fe! Life is rich and full of beautiful vistas.

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  5. What a beautiful and unique application of watercolor and collage. I love the look of this. Wish I was closer so I could take one of your workshops.

    Blessings to you, your family and your son, Daniel. Hoping all goes well for him.

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  6. Brenda I hope you will bring this (or something similar) with you to the Dillman's workshop this spring as I would love to see it and talk more about how you do this. I've done some torn paper collage (ala Elizabeth Nelson) but your take is slightly different.

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    1. Ginny, Unfortunately I can't teach both in four days...not enough time. I had a article in Watercolor Artist magazine June 2011 that goes into detail. I am more than happy to talk about it at the workshop, though. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Olağanüstü,çok beğendim.Paylaşımlarınız için teşekkürler.

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  9. I am going to try this. I have been trying to figure out a way to use watercolors a non traditional way. This sounds interesting. Beautiful work. I wonder if it would work on clayboard. Is it considered mixed media. It might work in that category in shows.

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