Tag Archives: collage

A Ripping Time

25 Apr
Half way through a collage.

I’ve been working on a couple of collages as part of some adult teaching work that I was recently commissioned to do. This is the first stage of Collage 1, laying down a background of blacks and greys. I’m using a National Geographic magazine as the source material, ripped into small pieces. Mostly I’m looking for interesting shades and textures but now and again I find an image that I want to include for no reason other than it appeals to me. So hidden amongst the ripped bits are cows, birds, statues and the occasional building. Once the background is finished (nearly there) I’ll be collaging another, very different, layer on top.

A small section of the collaged background.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Random Scrapings

9 Apr
Is It A Seascape?

Here’s the last of the Bockingford scraps I’ve been colouring for collage work, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints. I really like the work of the British artist Howard Hodgkin, whose art is abstract, yet I feel really uncomfortable doing anything abstract myself. Looking at this little piece, I see the ocean and a horizon, almost compulsively, although the paint was scraped on randomly. I’m really trying to break out of my comfort zone.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Graphic Brushstrokes

8 Apr
Dynamic Splodges With Liquitex.

Oooh I really like this little scrap. The brushwork is so much fun. I’ve been using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics for some years now, although I don’t in fact do a lot of painting. The colours are intense and the thick texture of the paint makes the brushstrokes quite graphic in their own right, dynamic splodges. They’re not paying me, honest LOL 😀 I just really like the stuff.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Good Paint, Good Textures

7 Apr
The Texture Of The Squiggles.

Here’s another of the little scraps of Bockingford paper (from St. Cuthbert’s Mill) I’ve been colouring with Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints, probably to use for collage at some point. But to be honest, the more I look at some of these little scraps, the more I appreciate them as they are. The paint is such good quality and apart from the intense colours, it holds textures beautifully.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Presenting The Picture

6 Apr
This way up looked best.

I’m painting scraps of paper to use for collage so each piece might end up being ripped apart when it’s finally used, but while I was photographing them and getting them ready to blog, I realised that they just couldn’t be plonked down at random. Each one has a “best side” and I rotated them all in Photoshop to see which way to present them on my blog post.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Weird Abstraction

5 Apr
Making up some collage papers.

I’m making papers for collage work with scraps of Liquitex acrylic paint and Bockingford paper left over from print projects. It’s not easy for me to just randomly scrape paint on like this, I normally work very figuratively and it’s weird to do something abstract.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Squiggles For Collage

4 Apr

I’ve been a bit lethargic because of the Covids and my brain is fuzzy so I’ve just been having a bit of a play with paints and paper, daubing squiggles of Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto some really lovely scraps of Bockingford paper that I’m hoping to use at some time for collage. Taking it easy and seeing what might come of it.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Stop Being Soppy!

29 Mar
Random scribbles over a discarded screenprint.

I’m doing some freelance teaching at the moment, working with a group of adults to develop artworks in collage. Today I was showing them examples of collage using papers that the artists had coloured or marked themselves. I dug out some that I did a while back.

Scribbles in charcoal, chalk and soft pastels.

Just Materials!

Trouble is, I never get round to making collages with them because I end up liking the little scraps of paper so much that I don’t want to change them in any way. I MUST stop being so soppy! They’re just materials to be used.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Trying Things Out: 2

28 Jan
Making a Mari Lwyd Collage

I’m developing some collage kits for the arts project I’m working on in the Waun Wen area of the city. I’ve been doing a lot of kit making over the past couple of years, since the pandemic lockdown began, because it’s been difficult to bring people together to do arty stuff, and I really like it. I think it should continue after the pandemic ends because not everyone can come along to classes and groups.

I started with a digital Mair Lwyd image I made, as a guide, drew it roughly onto paper and then ripped up my collage papers, grabbed a Pritt stick and got sticking. The collage papers are made up of graphite rubbings of manhole covers and other textures around the area (Koh-i-noor graphite onto Ho-sho paper) and cyanotypes (sunprints) made with local plants. Got a bit more to do over the weekend to finish it…

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Recycling And Creating

18 Mar

I’m an educator as well as an artist and I’ve spent many years working in adult learning with people who have, for various reasons, been excluded from education to some degree. I work a couple of days a week for a national charity for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Covid19 lockdown has been such a challenge. We can’t bring people inside, meet in groups or even work one to one, except in an emergency. Educators all over the world have had to adapt and develop new ways of working. One of these is delivering learning online through things like Zoom. I did one of these sessions today, teaching people how to draw a skull from scratch, with just a pencil and a sheet of A4 paper and then looking at options for decorating them. I used collage on mine, it’s a good technique because it costs next to nothing. We give people gluesticks and the collage can be done with recycled junk mail and old magazines.

This neat set up has been lent to us by a local gallery, GS Artists. They’re unable to open to the public at the moment and are supporting organisations like ours to reach marginalised people, which is a lovely thing to do. They’re also running their own programme of Zoom art sessions and artists talks, which are free. Click here to find out more.

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

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