Saturday, March 10, 2007

Bees Wax Collage Class

I took my class today and I had a BLAST!!!! Corinne Stubson was our teacher and she did a fabulous job explaining the techniques and possibilities and then she let us go to create to our hearts content. It was so much fun!

The smell of the melted wax is so relaxing, add to that the myriad of colored papers and supplies littering the table, the ringing of laughter in the air and the sheer joy of the artistic process and you have the makings of a wonderful day!

I had packed up a fair amount of papers and images to use in class. I had one preconceived idea but no clue what I would want to do for the other projects.

I knew I wanted to create a collage using pictures from my family. I have been wanting to do something with these for a long time and this seemed like the perfect time. I would be using new supplies and techniques with familiar faces urging me on. :-)

Below is my first bees wax collage. It is a 5x7 canvas board. I used a napkin for the background, xerox copies of old family pictures and images I stamped with permanent ink on white tissue paper.

The baby in the upper left corner is my maternal great grandmother. Next to her is my maternal grandmother. Besider her is my mom. And down in the lower left corner is me. Aren't I cute? LOL I even gave myself rosy cheeks. :-)

This is my next collage, again, a 5x7 canvas board. It started out with some fabric paper of letters and postcards. I used water soluble oil pastels to shade the images. But, after moving things around and playing for quite some time, I ended up purchasing some more images so I could find the focal picture of the small boy. He ended up covering up my great shading job! I wonder why I am so hooked on French images lately?

This is the third and final project I completed in the class. I used a 4" chipboard square as the base. I was just experimenting and now know that I want to gesso the cardboard before collaging. I wasn't too thrilled with the dark gray color showing through. I did add the red pastels to help hide it and I like the effect.

Here is a link to Corinne's blog so you can see the rest of the class.

1 comment:

Corinne said...

Cheryl! thankyou so much for your comment from my website. Your artwork is wionderful- you (and the others in class) really took to the process like the proverbial ducks to water! I was grateful to be able to impart my 'knowledge' (and love of just trying things out!-lol) and share 'beeswax collage' with you. I'll be uploading the pictures from class a bit later today (was so tired when I got home...then I got possessed and 'had' to finish painting my dining room, that needed one more coat- lol...(today it's the trim and I'm done!)
I hope we'll run into each other again through our art and the store...many thanks for taking the plunge into beeswax, and for your lovely comments. :^))