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C206 - Nurture Inspiration

Nicole Austin
9:00 - 4:30
Thursday - May 30

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$ 150  

We’ll start with a mixed media collage in our art journals where we can practice the basics of building backgrounds, adding layers and experimenting with different mixed media supplies, tools & techniques. Then we’ll jump onto the canvas where we will use what we learned to explore a slightly different surface but with dramatic results! We’ll jump back and forth between art journal and canvas (which is how I often work--on multiple surfaces to keep the momentum and creativity going!) Techniques covered include: gel medium transfers, modeling paste texture, 3D collage, and more! We’ll be using common art supplies like stencils to create our background & focal image. Together we’ll nurture inspiration and go from creative idea to artful execution. We’ll also be using a variety of supplies which will be available to everyone in a rainbow buffet of color and texture! I’ll also cover color basics, how to create balance and how to use contrast in your composition.

Materials Fee & List of what is supplied: $20

*Kit includes: Collage paper pack of my most favorite vintage, scrapbook, patterned and tissue paper, inkjet collage images, Stabilo Marks-all pencil, 3D texture items
*Shared use of all materials: acrylic paint, spray ink, stencils, stamps, brushes, Decoupage glue, texture tools, Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 pencils, oil pastels, collage images, collage papers

Supplies Needed to bring for Class:

*10”x10” canvas
*Mixed media art journal (I recommend a Dylusions square journal or large Canson XL or Strathmore mixed media journal)

Optional items:

You’re welcome to bring your own collage images, acrylic paint, spray inks, paint pens, stencils, stamps, etc, but I will have all of these items and more to share!

Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact:

Maria Raleigh



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