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Sketchbook course - Collage part 1

New day, new start. This blog posting is 1 of 2.

I needed some inspiration today as things hadn't been going to plan sketchbook-wise. I'm far too graphic for my own good. Something in me thinks that to paint photographically is amazing and it is certainly something that seems to wow generally. How often are we judged on whether something is a good likeness? So I try to remember Grayson Perry's words that go something like this......
If we all admire and aspire to paint realistically, and we all end up with photographic images which are perfect and the same, how do we improve and what makes art and makes our work stand out? The answer is our mistakes. It's our mistakes that make our work our own and give difference and are truly creative.

The nice thing about this course is that if you're feeling stuck or need some advice, you can visit the website and look at the supporting videos, ask questions, look in the gallery etc. Today I looked at a video on collage by Linda, so here I go, having a go.

I took a look around the house and found a vase that I like.  It's a piece of studio Poole pottery that I treated myself to a while ago. I loved the colours and shapes! There are no flowers, or animals, or a specific pattern - it's completely abstract but in a controlled way. It's divided into 6 with black lines, and some of the shapes are outlined in black too.

Next stage is to mix paints to match the colours as nearly as possible and paint some papers in acrylics to get a supply which I can cut into etc. Here's some that I have on the go. They're all printer paper, but I may mix them up with lighter papers from my paper stock pile.

Of course the idea is not to follow the vase slavishly but to use it for inspiration for my own piece of work. Copying is not very satisfying.

When they're dry, and I've had a bit more time to think about what I can do with this, I'll crack on in my sketchbook - which will be my next posting.

Tip:  I use Open Acrylics - there are several makes but I quite like the Golden brand (no affiliations). You can buy a wet palette for acrylic paints which is the tray and lid below. You are supposed to put a wet piece of blotting paper stuff in the base followed by a layer of tracing type paper. (You buy them cut to size for ease). Over a couple of days the water infiltrates the paint and it ends up as quite runny. I've found that if I use the tray as a palette without the papers, and put the lid on after I've finished painting, the Open acrylics stay useable for weeks and weeks. I put the same colours in the same places, and just top up when I run out. It's very very handy if you just want a bit of paint for something, as it's ready and waiting.

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