Tuesday, October 7, 2008

teaching = more creating for me!

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This is what one of my studio tables looked like after I finished teaching class . . . kind of messy. But, I did not clean it all up right away. I thought if I left everything out I might continue working on the canvas that I had started in class as a demo. Well, this philosophy worked for me & I did finish that collage! (see below) Then a few days later, I created another one; and this one is for my dad. His 75th birthday is on Friday! He has certainly had quite a rough year with a lot of health related problems. But, he is truthfully a fighter and I would say he is cautiously optimistic these days . . . . we just take it one step at a time. I will be going to Florida to visit my parents again for a few days, at the end of the month - yay!

Below is a progression of the first collage I worked on and finished while all my collage class supplies were out:

I am amazed at the way I cover up a lot of the work that I do to start with. Steven says this adds to the texture of my pieces.


I used lots of skeleton leaves, tissue paper, marbled papers . . . the image of the bird & the girl is on the M is for Magpie collage sheet from Alpha Stamps. I added green dye-na-flow with a sponge, in the photo to your right.




Rubber stamping was done with StazOn ink and more paint was added to the top of the collage in pinks & purple - click on any photo for more details.



green leaf ribbon was added . . .






~ The finished collage, complete with a favorite quote (Right)

This is how it started! (below)









And here is the collage I created for my dad, on a gallery type stretched canvas . . .

It started out like this (below left) -


I used lots of handmade papers, watercolour crayons and gel medium . . . gold metallic ink . . .


This collage for my dad incorporates a photo of my dad and my mom sailing the melonseed sailboat he built (cedar strip) on the little lake near where Steven & I lived, about 2 years ago. I printed it out on matte photo paper along with about 5 others, and chose this one because I liked the quality of it and the fact that it was of my mom & dad sailing together. I added a bit of watercolor crayon and white Lumiere paint to the photo. You may also be able to see my 2 nephews and my sister behind my mom & dad, paddling 3 canoes that my dad built! Pretty amazing. He is a very special man, my dad. Happy birthday, dad. xo

3 comments:

  1. Oh, beautiful, Lenna, and thanks for taking us through the process. The colours in your first collage are simply so amazing and rich and I agree with Steven that building up your textures in layers makes for a very interesting surface.
    As for the other one, I'm sure your dad will be over the moon with such a personal collage and present and I love that bit you added at the beginning top right. The finished piece is so soft and gentle, just like the boat trip!

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  2. Lenna - both of these collages are absolutely beautiful! The one you did for your father looks like something you'd see in a dream... far away and very mystical. What a truly wonderful gift for his brithday! I also want to thank you for the wonderful workshop this morning. As I told you, I have been feeling very uninspired lately, but now I have all kinds of ideas and pictures in my head. Your workshop was just the spark I needed, and I am so looking forward to doing more with you:> xxxx - Carla

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  3. Love aeeing the process! It turned out beautifully. Wish I could take a class from you!

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