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Artists' Materials & Framing in St. Paul, MN


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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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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