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P354 - More is More: Messy Masterpieces

Nicole Austin
9:00 - 4:30
Tuesday - March 12

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$ 150  

I love to go all in and throw every color of the rainbow on my canvas or journal page. The layering process, for me, is where all the fun is! But there's a trick to it: think of it as climbing a mountain. You start at the base, the largest part. This is where anything goes: marks, splatters, drips, scribbles, collage. Just let yourself make a "mess." Then, with each layer or step up the mountain, our marks and layers become more and more restrained. We begin to make more calculated and careful moves to bring us to the final layer (or top of the mountain). We'll start by creating with a few loosening up exercises, practicing marks and techniques to create our own unique collage papers. These will come in handy later as we add them into our pieces later on. I'll show you how to build up layers with oil pastels, spray ink, acrylic paint and paint pens as we create at least two journal spreads (if you bring more than one journal, you can work on more pages at a time--this is how I like to work). Then, we'll work on adding collage, acrylic paint, spray ink through stencils and marks with paint pens. With the stabilo pencil, we'll write words, make marks and draw simple shapes & images (ex: organic shapes in nature or geometric shapes, simple flowers, animals, faces and/or figures).

Materials Fee paid to instructor at beginning of class includes: $15
Collage pack full of unique, vintage, and recycled paper, & stabilo marks-all pencil

Use of shared materials: Acrylic paint, spray ink, stencils, stamps, stamp ink, oil pastels, texture plates, brushes, mark-making tools, plain & patterned tissue paper

Supplies you  Need to bring  for Class:
*9”x12” or larger art journal (I like the Canson XL mixed media or Strathmore mixed media spiral bound journals, but any brand will do. Just be sure that it is mixed media weight paper.) If you wish to bring a smaller 5x7" (or so) journal to work on simultaneously, you may!
*2-3 paint markers (15mm or bold/extra bold tip in three of your favorite colors)
*glue stick

Optional items: If you have special stamps or stencils, washi tape, collage paper, or collage images, bring them along, but I will have plenty 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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