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Jumpstart Your Art with Mixed Media Collage

virginiaheadThis blog post is from Virginia, our Programming Manager at Wet Paint:

Join us in the Wet Paint classroom on Saturday, October 22nd for a 3 hour mixed media workshop with visiting artist Dana Brown.  You will make (and take) two unique mixed media pieces while exploring the potentials of Ampersand’s fantastic panels.  The workshop is offered twice – from 10am-1pm and again from 2pm-5pm – choose the one that’s best for you!

Mixed media collage allows you to experiment with dynamic compositions while you explore new techniques and materials. The change of approach from more conventional processes is great for generating original ideas that impact both the collage itself as well as your regular drawing and painting practice.

Dana is well known for the fun he brings to teaching, as well as his extensive knowledge of artists’ materials. This workshop is suitable for any level of art maker. It would be a great way to expand your experience of using a variety of media on the same surface, or just to try something different.

The $48 class fee includes all of the supplies we’ll use in the workshop: an 8×10 Claybord and an 8×10 Encausticbord for each participant, as well as Golden acrylic paints, Claybord/Scratchbord inks and the full line of Scratchboard tools, magazines for collage, drawing supplies, random materials for mixed media techniques, and essential studio supplies like brushes, glue and scissors. Register yourself – or your group – here.

More about Dana and Ampersand:

mixed102216Dana Brown is an artist from Austin, TX.  He has worked with Ampersand Art Supply for the past nine years educating artists and conservators from all over the world about Ampersand’s innovative contemporary artists’ panels. Dana’s personal art work is in a variety of media, ranging from oil painting to paper collage.

Originally from rural Iowa, Dana moved to Portland, Oregon, after completing his degree in studio painting. While there, he spent almost six years with oil paint company Gamblin Artists Colors, before moving to Texas to join Ampersand Art Supply. He loves working in the constantly evolving world of artists’ materials. He finds that this work reinforces his belief that access to information about the materials that we use helps support our personal, artistic intentions.

Ampersand Art Supply began hand-making museum quality panels in 1993, with the goal of offering artists  rigid, versatile, and permanent supports. Initially beginning with smooth, absorbent Claybord, Ampersand now offers ten different surface options; rejecting the, “one size fits all,” approach to painting surfaces. Ampersand hand-makes museum quality panels in Buda, Texas.


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Week 8: Dada Discussion

Let’s cut it up with the Dadaists!  This avant-garde artist movement spans across many media, but is best known for its use of collage.  Artists such as Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters combined cheeky imagery with smart assemblage to critique politics and popular culture.  They also re-assembled found text into new forms, from poetry to literary statements to masterful graphic imagery.  We are going to use found text, papers and whatever images you want to create your own Dada comment.  Look at magazines, newspapers, and junk mail, and cut and paste into your sketchbook.  Add paint or decorative papers if you feel it needs more color.

This week at Wet Paint, all alphabet related products are 10% off! This includes stamps, templates, and vinyl lettering.  Mention the weekly workouts at the checkout to receive the discount.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

 


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Week 4: Are You Surreal?

Time to dig out your dream journal and visualize that wacky wonderland as we take a dip into Surrealism.  Taking inspiration from René Magritte’s cheeky skewed representational scenes and Salvador Dali’s wild dreamscapes and creatures, paint and collage your way through this exercise.  We suggest painting the background first and then adding your surreal elements from magazines, books, found objects, or other ephemera.  Don’t over think this workout- let your subconscious guide you.  Yes, we are surreal.  Have fun!

This week at Wet Paint, stock up on your favorite Mod Podge collage adhesive and sealant- they are all 10% off MSRP! These are water-based, so keep that in mind if glueing over a water-soluble painted background.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 8: Cartoon Collage with Elizabeth Murray

bop-by-elizabeth-murrayTime to take a walk on the wacky side and cut and paste silly shapes, getting inspiration from the whimsical cut paintings of Elizabeth Murray.  For this workout, we will start by cutting 5-7 creative shapes out of colorful paper – if you are not sure how to start, try cutting out your initials.  Next, start assembling a freestyle composition with your shapes before gluing them onto the page and feel free to layer and overlap to add dimension.  Once the shapes are glued down, add embellishments to your shapes with paint markers- these can be a pattern or texture or just outlining the shape.

 

murray-paint3-002This week at Wet Paint, all Montana and Molotow paint markers are 15% off our everyday price!  Both are refillable, acrylic based paint markers that have opaque ink, so you can experiment with nearly any ink color over the colored paper.  Wet Paint also stocks a variety of colored papers (in single sheets or packs) that are great for collaging, and plenty of glues and scissors so you will be ready to get to work!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 4: Collection Collage with Jane Hammond

scrapbook-arlesMany artists are known for collecting- whether it is art supplies, paper scraps or oddities, things tend to accumulate!  This week we want to see your stuff in a beautiful layout in your sketchbook like the one pictured by the fabulous Jane Hammond.  Sketch, photograph, paint, or collage your favorite things, tchotchkes, and memorabilia on the page (or pages). Feel free to tell us a short quip about your collection and your favorite mixed media when you post.  Think you don’t have a collection? What about your selection of earrings?  Or your keys? Find a stash of something that is like a collection and put it on the page!

This week at Wet Paint, all Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils are 15% off our everyday price (includes sets)!  These are two favorite pencil lines of the Wet Paint staff!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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WP Weekly Workout- Week 8: Kut-n-Paste with Kurt (Schwitters)

KurtS1942-43 [Difficult]Grab your favorite scissors and glue and let’s collage it up!  Use the awesome collage by Kurt Schwitters as inspiration to pair your own graphic elements with simple color fields to create visual interest and narrative.  Been saving that pretty paper scrap? Or that ticket stub from last week’s outing?  Now’s the time to pull it out and start layering ephemera in your workbook (this is a great way to archive your mementos!).  Assemble your favorite printed pieces, add additional swatches of color to complement them, and begin “painting” with your paper.  Think of each element like a field of color to unify your image (like Schwitters did with the overall ochre color) and play with layering effects to create unexpected detail.  When you’re pleased with your composition and you’ve got the colors and shapes the way you want them, go ahead and commit to it by gluing it down.   Don’t collect paper scraps? We have a variety of excellent scrap bags and fun decorative papers to cut up and collage (see below for more info).  For glue, we suggest using the super popular UHU stick, or the classic Mod Podge.  Acrylic gel mediums work well, too!

This week at Wet Paint (4/9 thru 4/15), we have the bountiful & eclectic Mega Mix scrap bags from The Japanese Paper Place on sale for 15% off!  Yay! You should also make sure to check out the entire line of super fun, vintage inspired, graphic Italian Cavallini papers for only $4.40 per sheet!  Seriously, you almost won’t want to cut these up, they are so cool.  Kristina suggests that you buy 2 – one to cut, one to keep!

1928 Untitled

Ticket stubs are great for collage! Another example by Kurt Schwitters (Untitled, 1928)

 

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies