I find it refreshing to change my materials and work in a completely different fashion now and again. Some days I work in purely transparent watercolor and other days I'll play with ink and watercolor, tinted paper...collage. Well, for a couple weeks now I've been working in collage, again. Changing my materials forces me to get out of my comfort zone. I once heard someone say, "Don't carpet your rut"...I love that!!! When I get too comfortable I become bored, and when I get bored my artwork gets boring. The type of collage I do is called "stained paper collage with watercolor". I use my favorite medium WATERCOLOR but I approach the painting in a completely different manner. It's exciting to me.
Has this technique peaked your interest? If so, you'll like this. Over the last couple years I've written and demonstrated collage for Watercolor Artist Magazine and North Light Books. This morning Artist Network posted their free online magazine called Inspired, created by Anne Hevener, Kelly Kane, and Beth Williams. Included is one of my best collage demonstrations. The layout and colors are even better than the printed version. The painting/collage happens to be, The Forbidden Fruit. It's the piece that was included in last years NWS Exhibition. Here's a link to the Summer edition of Inspired, a free e-mag from ArtistsNetwork.com