"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

black and white with a charge of colour

This week I am sharing two weeks' worth of collages for the project I am doing with my sister Evelyn, following the prompts from Randel Plowman's book The Collage Workbook.  

My first two collages are BLACK AND WHITE (the prompt for week 3):


I call this one "in the winter season".  It's a mixed media collage using a vintage image of two little boys pulling sleds, torn papers and tissue paper.  All my collages measure 5 x 5 inches.


This is "blanc et noir" which is apt because I used an image from a French magazine, which I then covered over with other imagery, an advert for Parazone, artwork with black pastel, a sweet wrapper with skeleton and some words "the twinkle in his eyes made him look younger".

Texture was created by gluing on some netting, letting it dry and then ripping it off again.  I stitched into the collage with black thread.


Below are my collages for COLOUR CHARGE (the prompt for week 4) and, again, both collages are 5 x 5 inches.  Colour charge refers to adding one ore more colours to a black and white background.

I'm back with my St. Ives theme for these, inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis.


In my "Barbara Hepworth" collage I used an image from a magazine advertising an exhibition of her work that was held at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and also one of Barbara Hepworth's loose charcoal drawings that I dipped in wax.  For the colour charge I used two pieces from an erosion bundle I did in 2017.  Some cotton linen hand dyed orange and rust and a rusted piece of artwork which I ripped up and dipped in wax.  Some subtle colour charge here.

Below in my "Alfred Wallis" collage I used an image he painted of St. Ives cottages and some printed numbers given to me by paper swap friend Heather Harker.  It also features one of my fabric Alfred Wallis cottages with stitch in black.  For colour, I have added some of my hand dyed ochre yellow cotton fabric and a small piece of monoprinted paper in blue and ochre.  I associate these colours with St. Ives, especially the ochre yellow reminding me of lichen coloured rooftops.  For randomness, I added the little figure just because I like it.


If you are inspired to join in the collage project, please feel free.  You don't have to share online, just do it for fun.  Just one or two small collages a week ... it's do-able I think.  Till next time when we explore the theme of monotone ... thank you for visiting today x

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

white on white

Week 2 of the collage project and I have just the one collage to share this week for the theme of WHITE.  Lots of layers though, exploring tones of white on white ...


My collage is 5 x 5 inches on heavy duty watercolour paper.

Layered with torn vintage book pages, white washed text, several layers of tissue paper and embellished with torn paper lace, texture washed up on the beach and a vintage mother of pearl button with original thread still attached.


Evelyn has already posted her collages, three in all, if you would like to take a look and our next prompt is "black and white" which I'm looking forward to.

Also this week ... I've had a tidy up in my studio, mainly going through piles of textile work and have organised into "do-able" piles.  I've started adding stitches to some winter hearts and I've also glued in some sketchbook pieces, so I'm really enjoying the pace of things at the moment.

Thank you for your comments on last week's five minute winter collages.  I very much enjoyed making them.  Till next time ... x