There are so many things I haven't shown you lately.
I've been taking a weekly collage class with a local artist/friend for the past 10 weeks.
Three glorious hours in her sweet little studio with just two other students.
It's been wonderful.
Week one we played with distressing and painting magazine pages, and we also did some simple mono-printing on rice paper. Here are two collages I made incorporating those papers
The next week we worked on a triptych, which turned into this piece:
The task of another week was to work in shades of white:
We collaged on tiles another week:
and we used aluminum foil over various textured objects to create collages like this one:
The absolute best part of class was learning a little bit about encaustics.
My first attempt is kind of a chaotic mess, but it was really really fun to make. We used 12x12 wood panels as our base and it's got all kinds of layers of paper and wax.
(The circles are prints we made on rice paper using wood from cut trees.)
I tried something more simple for this one. I didn't use any collage papers at all, and simply stuck to painting color blocks with the encaustic paints. Not awesome, but a great learning experience.
I'm falling in love with wax, and really want to explore it more fully.
This last one makes me really really happy.
I'm sad that class is over, but I know I'll be back.
It's been incredibly rewarding to learn and create on a regular basis with an intimate group.