This Saturday our Collage Workshop was held at Salmon Creek Studio. We had a sell-out class and had a wonderful day of cutting and pasting (bringing out our inner kindergartener) and painting up a storm.
It was fun to see the “treasures” that folks brought from home to include in their collages. Everything from old photos transferred to tissue paper, a piece of someone’s favorite tapestry, old burlap, 3D stickers to sticks from someone’s yard went into the making of these great works of art.
Fortunately, the studio was a big enough space to spread out all our wonderful ephemera and begin the collage process amid all the ordered chaos! One of the best lessons learned was demonstrated by one of our group’s newest members, Karol, as she tried various techniques to build up layers of paint, ink, and paper to get the effect she wanted. We watched her idea morph from fall leaves to abstract designs. She also cleverly demonstrated some new ways of attaching 3-D elements! We all learned something new! Notice that she did not limit herself to the confines of the edges! We loved that!
Mary was the queen of photo transfers and she shared the process and results with the group. Her pieces contained family portraits, copies of prayer cards, old world elements and much more to make 3 finished pieces. We think Mary is hooked on this process! Jeanne and Gwen worked on spring themed pieces abounding with birds, flower faeries, moss-covered branches, and burlap for texture! Great work, ladies. Sharon composed an elaborate floral with tapestry elements, cascading florals and a bit of lace. Gorgeous! Donna was content to paint up a storm and finished two pieces in one outing! Yea!
It was a successful day complete with a break for Cock-A-Leekie Soup (my Granny’s recipe) fruit salad, luscious strawberries, hummus, aged cheese, vegetable crackers, and a great bottle of Merlot! But no one wanted to linger over lunch because everyone was excited to get back to their projects!
The afternoon turned sunny and wonderful with paintings and collages drying outside in the warm sunshine with chocolate snacks and peach tea to encourage us!
Everyone had such a great time that we decided we must do a repeat performance in the near future!