I love to push mixed media to its limit. The past several years through fearless experimenting I have discovered some very cool and mysterious techniques that I would love to share with you!
I will show you everything I know about working with linseed oil, graphite and charcoal as well as watercolors, charcoal , a few acrylics, gesso and plaster (joint compound). Drawing with pencil as well as needle, thread and wire.These techniques will be demonstrated and incorporated in our final pieces. That is just the start of it. We will also work on collage using vintage book pages and image transfer techniques. A sample book will be created to build a vocabulary of marks, textures and techniques to add to our tool kit.
Not only are the mediums unconventional but the substrates are as well. We will work on watercolor paper, vintage ledger paper, vintage fabrics and laces (check the vintage stores for a source of amazing fabrics to use). Joint compound (pre-mixed plaster) will be added to create depth and texture.
I will demonstrate my portrait techniques that work so well with the mediums we will be using. The emphasis is on expression and texture.
Materials fee $15 paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:
2 pieces of vintage ledger paper, powered charcoal, numerous handouts, wire, joint compound, inks, linseed oil
Supplies You Need to Bring to Class in addition to materials provided by instructor:
Vintage fabric and laces for collage elements
11” x 17” or thereabouts watercolor sheet
Watercolors- I use mostly Daniel Smith watercolors but you can bring your own choices. A must is to have a yellow, red and blue. I use burgundy yellow ochre, English red earth, paynes gray, undersea green, ultramarine, cad red
Acrylics- I prefer Golden Open acrylics- Paynes gray, alizarin crimson, quin. Nichel azo gold, ultramarine blue and titanium white
Assorted brushes- ¼ angular Princeton Select nylon soft brush, assorted soft brushes for watercolor. Assorted bristle brushes for the acrylics (if you are not familiar with the difference between the soft and bristle brushes email me, it is important to have the right type of brushes)
Embroidery floss or thread and needle for embroidery stitching
Pencil, mechanical pencil
Utility brush for applying the matte medium
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: