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7 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Step 1 The sky and mountains

    • 3. Adding dark paint 2

    • 4. Spattering

    • 5. Adding snow on the top

    • 6. Details

    • 7. The conclusion

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Collage is a fun and easy. This course is for the new-to-collage and will teach you all about how to start a collage painting. Once you learn the basic steps, collage will be a joy. There are hints and pointers in every lesson. By the end of the series, you should be able to create your own collages all by yourself. These are the successful lessons that have been used for beginner students before.  I have chosen my students' favorite lessons show you.  Come and enjoy these lessons too. Upload your version for everyone to see.

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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Introduction: collage The Mountains. An easy step by step Process by Doris Shari I have a degree in fine arts and the masters degree in visual art Education. I love art and I like teaching art to So the projects I present here are all very simplified. If you have any questions, just contact me. You will learn how to adhere papers to your canvas. You will learn to use jail as a glue. You will learn to add paint for emphasis. You will learn how the spatter paint to make snow. These are all the things you learn in this course. This is the project. This is what you will be doing or something similar to it. So keep watching checked an accession and we'll do the first part. See you soon. 2. Step 1 The sky and mountains: This is your project. Some mountains, the materials you will need. You'll need a canvas or painting surface. This could be aboard this could be matte board. This could be heavy paper. You need a brush, some acrylic gel, oil pastels or water color. Crayons, white and blue acrylic paint, a variety of papers to collage, different colors and textures. For this first part, you need your colored papers and textures. You can use tissue papers. You can use Asian papers. You can paint your own papers for information on how to paint your own papers. Check out my mixed media cloth. Now watch the video. You'll see the very first step. Here are two versions off that same protect. They never turn out the same. The papers are different. The way you collage them is different. Here we go. I have a variety of papers, and I'm going to start with the sky. So I'm going to tear out a piece that looks a little bit like a sky shape, and I will put it on my board. That fits pretty well Now. The very first step is to use Gel. Gel is really acrylic paint with no color in it, and it works as a great binder or glue. So spread some of that gel on your board or your canvas. Today I'm using illustration board. So I put my paper on. Remember, you need to put gel under your paper and on top of your paper, too. So I placed the paper gently and I gel on top. This is called the jail sandwich, and it's a great way to adhere papers to your canvas. This way. The to absorb and seal that paper. Really Well, it'll never come off, no matter if you want it to or not. So work toothy edges often. I let the extra papers stay there until I finished the project completely. So now I'm going to add papers that will show a mountain shape. So I placed. Um, I haven't put any jail yet, So what kind of plan that see what I'm going to do? Those are pretty good shapes, so I'll lift the paper, put gel underneath, lay it down, lift the paper again, put gel underneath and laying down. I also put gel on top off the paper. This makes that gel sandwich again under the paper and over the paper. Now I'm going to feel the whole surface with papers. I'm going to keep adding colored papers all the way down to the bottom part, So I care the papers. When you tear the paper, the edges bland better together. It's a lot easier to blend the two papers when the edges are not cut. Ah, cut makes a blunt, straight line, and it's easy to see, but the jagged anges harder to see, so gel under the paper gel over the paper gel is semi opaque when it's wet. When it dries, that dries clear. So don't worry. If you get that milky effect on top of your papers, that will go away so carefully, placed the papers the way you want them here. I have a whole bunch more. Um, it's hard to pick the colors. I just love all those colors with the papers. I have the's air papers that I've painted myself. I show you how to do that in another section. Right now, I've speeded up the process while the camera really just so you don't have to wait around and watch me choose papers and paint them on. So I've speeded that up, and you can just you get the just you put gel first than the paper. Then you put more gel on top gel. First paper, more jail Joe. First paper, more jail, Jill. First paper, more Joe, and you come for the whole surface. You don't want to leave any of that paper at all. You don't want any of the board to show. So cover it down to the really last little square like that one. So now you've covered your whole surface. That is the first step. So here we go. The original and the first part off the new painting, remember there never the scene. See you in the next section. 3. Adding dark paint 2: adding pink. We're going to add paint on top of the collage to create snow and create death. They're very good for both. There's nothing that says that you have to just use papers, so we're going to tweak the painting with the paint. The goal is to create a painting that people will want to look at every day. If that means that I have to collage at paint, collage again, paint again. That's what I'm going to do. This is the style of painting that I like. Now watch the video, see how it's done. The first step is to cut away the papers that overhang on the illustration board. I've used illustration board for this project. It's a watercolor paper surface onto a very heavy board. It's really good to work on for collage. So here's my mountain, and I want to start tweaking this project by adding a little bit of paint. I'm going to start with dark paint. I'm going to darken the edges on the signed just like that, just to control where the eye is going. When you're dark in the edges like that, it helps focus where the important parts are and That's the mountain, so we're not always looking at some nice like colored edges. So I'm I want to add a bit of paint here and there. Just kind toe change the colors and maketh, um, coordinate a little better. You can choose the colors you like. You may not have chosen the same papers I did. So this is a way to just tweak your painting, just water down the paint a little bit, rub it in the bumps. That's a really fun thing to do. And here we go. We've done the edges and see how much better it looks than before, so we'll see you in the next section. 4. Spattering: spattering. Spattering is messy. Make sure you have newspaper or paper towel to cover your work area. At least the part you don't want spattering on. All you need is a brush and diluted paint and a bit of water. Now you dilute your paint before you start, so watch the video, see how it's done. Here are the projects what we're going to do if add snow like you can see on the two bottom ones. Sometimes you might want to add a lot of snow. Other times only a little bit of snow. So it's your choice. It also depends on the project. Some projects don't need a lot of snow, while others look really good with a lot of snow. So Step One is to cover your work area, the parts you don't want tohave spattering on. So I would like spattering mostly on the sky park, so I cover all the areas that I don't want any paint on. Then I water down my paint. Just add a little water to that acrylic. White acrylic is what works really well. I've also so used White wash. Either one works. The trick is to have it watery So then you tap your brush on your finger and you just better. Just like that. Those of you that have taken my watercolor classes. You've had practice with this already. So now I want a little bit of snow near the bottom. And because when I spider goes, just about everywhere will add more drops to the top at the same time. So just tap, tap, tap rather until you're happy with what you've got. If there are any spots that you don't like, then just wiped him off while they're wet. Once they're dry, there's not much you can do. So when they're wet, that's the time to make any changes. This is a very short step, because once you're done with a spattering, you have to let it dry before you do anything else. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 5. Adding snow on the top: adding snow on the top. Once the spattering is dry, you can do this step. You may have to do this step more than once. In fact, a lot of times I do this step maybe 34 times. You can tweak the snow until you are happy with the end product. Now watch the video, see how it's done. I like to start with a light blue paint. So I added on the top, choose the areas where you want to put the snow, and I use my fingers to kind of smear the paint a little bit. So I have softer edges. It makes it look like the snow is getting thinner towards the bottom. Off that white part, you can see it more closely here. Then I add white onto the top and smear it in, and I choose my areas. You want areas with sharp edges, and you want areas with soft edges, so on top off the mountain you will have an area with a hard edge, and then you will have an area with a soft edge. After that, hard edges attract attention, so the part that is the center of attention in your painting should have more sharp edges. I like to use my fingers to smear the paint. Some artists don't like to do that. So if you don't like to use your fingers, you can use a dry brush and just smear it. This is a rigger brush, a long, skinny brush. It helps me put on paint in smaller area. So just choose your areas whenever areas you like and then paint away. I tweak and I tweak. And often I spend a lot of time doing this. No, I'm spattering a little bit. I want to add a little more snow. I want to add light blue snow, actually, So I'm not following my advice. I didn't cover up my working area. The parts I don't want spattering on. Luckily, there small brush spatters a little less wildly than the bigger brush. So the little blue dots of snowfall onto the white mountain top and it looks really good. You like That make creates a really nice effect. You can keep tweaking this project until you're happy with it. I go back at in late, Lou. I go back in, I add more white and go back in on more light blue And I keep playing with it. That is the part that takes a long time. Just keep working with it till you're happy. When you're happy you stop. So I think I'm just about stopped So when you are stop, You just let it dry Look at it the next day, See if it needs more and let it dry until you are really happy. So do this now and we'll see you in the next step. 6. Details: adding details. You will need watercolor crowns for this step. Watercolor crowns. You can buy those at art supply stores or even I've found them at dollar stores. If you do not have water color crayons, then you can use oil pastels. The bonus to using watercolor crowns is that you can you erase whatever you'd do. So if you don't like what you've done, you just take a cloth and wipe it off. But you cannot do this with oil pastels, so watch the video, see what you can do with watercolor crowns. These are water color crayons. They're really watercolors in a stick, and since collages really bumpy, they're perfect for adding a little texture. So I use blue, purple and white on these mountains, and I just scrub the areas and the bumps kind of get a little more color, and it's really beautiful. You can add them a little bit, are maybe quite a bit. It's up to you. They're a great way to add light snow onto a painting. If I want to gradually extend the snow, but make it look like it's a really light layer, the these air perfect. At the same time, you can touch up areas that you want to fill in where the paint missed it. Overall, there just fun to play with. You can do the same thing with oil pastels, but, uh, you cannot take them off here. I'm using water to just kind of soften the edge. That's the boldness of using watercolor crayons. I've decided to go back in and add a little more snow with the acrylic. I can do the back and forth. Remember sometimes I said that I take two or three days, sometimes even four days to finish a painting because I tweak here and I tweak their well. Here's a sample. I keep adding the paint. I can just smudge it. I can take it away with paper towel. I can drag paper towel over it, and it takes some of the paint off, but leaves a little bit. There are lots of options of things that you can do. The idea is to make it look more natural. So if I'm not happy with a certain area, I can just wipe it off with a towel to a paper towel or a rag. Make sure it's went and I keep tweaking those areas. I can do this for several days in the role so it might look at it often. I will put my painting on the edge of my piano and if I walked by and I see something needs changing, I go and change it sometimes when I can't walk by anymore. And sometimes if I'm walking by and I can't think of a thing that needs changing, I know it's done. So I would like you to do this step now and we'll see you in the next section. 7. The conclusion: here are two variations on the same project. Your project will not look exactly like mine. In fact, any other project that I do that are mountains will not look like the very 1st 1 because I'm not using the same papers. So every time I use different papers and my painting is different Conclusion collage is easy. As you have seen, I have a variety of courses that you could take. Each of my classes concentrates on different techniques. These are taught in the step by step pro self that anybody can do. This is my next project. It includes photograph even in there. So look for my next course. Doris shot a collage too fruit. If you want more information on how to paint papers like the ones in this video, you can go to my course Mixed media for beginners. It explains how these papers air made. In fact, I only used these papers in all my collages their light fast and they work really well. But I'll explain all that when you go to my mixed media class. So see you soon. This is door shot A for collage to next time is collaged too. So look for that. See you soon