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8 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Collage Guitarist Introduction

    • 2. Collage The guitarist The drawing

    • 3. Collage The guitarist The background

    • 4. Collage The guitarist Part I

    • 5. Collage The guitarist Adding watercolour II

    • 6. Collage The guitarist Adding watercolour III

    • 7. Collage The guitarist The black line

    • 8. Collage The guitarist Conclusion

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Collage is a fun and easy. A guitarist in the style of Picasso is great fun!  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. Collage Guitarist Introduction: collage number five I Get Ah, Raft. A Project for Beginners by Doris Shy. Just a little background. I have a master's degree in visual art, education and a bachelor's degree in fine arts, and all the courses that I teach are tested by students. What I'm presenting are my favorite projects, or at least my students favorite projects, and they've been tried and true and loved by everyone. I've been teaching art for a long time all over Alberta, and I love teaching art, and I love to teach people toe love art. So what I've done is I've presented very simplified lessons to get you interested and learning basic techniques so that you can have fun. Learning are, too. This is what you will learn. You learned how to combine watercolor and collage to create very unique effects. You will learn how collage as a background and use watercolor in other areas. You'll learn how to simplify elements. You will learn how to use line to emphasize your drawing. You will learn how to adhere collage papers to the countess. These air just basic techniques, and this project is a little variation from the others. It combines watercolor and colors. So this is the project a guitarist in the style of I'll know because so maybe. And what we will do is use both collage and watercolor. So we start with the drawing. See you in the next section. 2. Collage The guitarist The drawing: 30 tourist. The drawing The drawing is just one simple shape. After another simple shape, you'll see it's super easy. You can erase, so if you don't like the shapes, just redo them. Take your time. There's no rush in this project, so watch the video, see how it's done. Here's our project, and what we'll do now is using an ordinary pencil. Just start with the basic shapes, so I start with the U Shape for the hand and then Adaline at a rectangle with rounded off corners. Now for the neck, one big C shape a big curve and then you double it up. Very good. That's so easy. Not a problem. Now you add another curve for the part of the leg that is under the guitar. Now we add the other side. We start with a line and just go one big curve and with a little bit of another curve. As we start the guitar now, the guitar doesn't have to really look like a guitar cannot look like a sheep. So here's a shape that looks like a guitar and you have to curves, and now we're going to do the strings and just a few lines at another line for that leg that's under the guitar with a foot member of foot is just a nil elongated circle. And then we add another foot and a leg has to be attached. So we're going to add the leg. So that's kind of the basics. And now we're going to add just a few details. We will paint over those details and you will have to redraw them. But it's just so you know they're there. So I'm correcting a bit of the lines. I'm adding some details and just making it a little more concrete just like that. And then I separate the canvass areas. You can separate the background differently, but when I am doing is just separating the background so that we can collage different papers onto the background. So there we go. One more line, and the shapes should be different sizes, so small shapes, large shapes, big shapes. Keep that in mind. So I'm just re correcting a few spots where I want information. I'm adding a few fingers. Remember, fingers don't have to look like fingers through should be suggestions of fingers, and here we are. We're done so I want I want you to do is draw it now and we'll see you in the next section . 3. Collage The guitarist The background: the background. Now what you need to do is to collect from papers that you would like to use for a background. You can use any papers you like. It doesn't matter if you like some of the papers that I used. What you need to do is to go to a mixed media for begin areas. My course on that, and it shows you how to make those papers. Now, this video is quite long, so make sure you have a cup of coffee or a tea and settle down and watch it. Here's the video. Now we're going to start with the first paper. I've chosen this peachy color, a nice late peach color with graves, and you just put it on. Remember, that was collage. You create a gels sandwich so jail under and then gel over. You can just tear the paper near the edge of the gel. It's really easy when the paper is a little bit wet and then around the curve. Uh, this is a hat. You can add little bits and pieces if there's parts missing and this is the time to really , really adjust. Once the paper is dry, it's almost impossible to adjust a little pieces. You can add pieces, but you cannot move them after they're dry. Acrylic gel is almost like a plastic, and when it's dry, it's just hard as rock. So gel under gel over, and I make sure there are no air bubbles there. Now we're going to take a second color, a nice goldie yellow, and this color is actually called Conacher Dome Gold. It's one of my absolute favorites. It's a beautiful, bright color, and I love it. You can just tear the edges like that and don't be afraid to overlap the edges. If there's no overlap, sometimes what happens is you end up with a little white line between the papers. What happens is the jail dries and pulls out the paper and shrinks it a little bit. So what you end up with is a little white line between the papers. Don't be afraid. Toe overlap the papers gel under gel over and now see how I use my brush just to help tear the paper around that curve, hold it down and tear. This is the time to make adjustments, so add little bits of P paper where there's some missing. You want to cover the whole white area, and then if it goes over the ads, you just push it back. It works really well while the paper is a little bit wept with the jail and here we're adjusting gel under gel over. You'll be tired of hearing me say that Now we're going toe at now. We're going to add a green color, and I've speeded up the video just so it's not so boring for you. This process is quite slow, and it takes a long time. It will take you longer than an hour. You can do this in steps you can do one section one evening and endless another section, another evening if you like, or you could do it all at once. Remember that if the paper dries, it's pretty well permanent. Wherever it's going to be is where it's going to be. And here we have tearing just going around the curve. That's the trickiest part, and we go and we pull. And here we are. Remember that gel dries clear here. It looks like it's a little bit opaque, and it will wreck the color or dilute the color. But it doesn't. It dries clear. You end up with nice, bright colors. In the end here ago, we've added little pieces. We've gone around the curve. There's gel under their shell over, and we add some more colors. Now at this top section, what I'm going to do is add small pieces all over, so I add jail and make sure it's nicely covered. I add the papers and I'm going toe. Add the papers in small sections. It makes it easier to go around curves and small areas like this is, but also creates a different look you end up with like a crushed velvet look. It looks awesome. You see already, you can see how there's variations in the color. When the paper overlaps, it creates 1/3 color. It's really beautiful. I love this effect. I'm only doing it in one section just to show you. But if you like it, you can do it in every section. It's an easy way to fill the space, and it's not hard. So I overlap and I cover all the white areas. If you like the white areas, you could leave little bits of white, but make sure it looks like it's meant to be that way. You need to have any regular look. Now I'm going to add different paper, and this paper was created using two colors. So what I did is I painted one area with one color and another area with another color and let the to blend together, and this is what you end up with. I really like that look. When you add pieces, it looks like it was meant to be that way, but I really like the blending of the two colors together. That look is beautiful, and I'm adding and filling the pieces. It really helps to go around those curves. Adding small pieces makes the curve easier. So gel under Joe over, adjust the edges, cover everything up. There we go. That's it again. If you want to know how to make thes papers, you go to my mixed media for beginners class, and it shows you how it's really easy. All you need is tissue paper, a plastic bag, paint and a brush on water. Now we're going to add the bottom, and usually for the bottom part, I choose a more solid color, a solid collar grounds your piece. We naturally think that, like color should be near the sky because we associate like colors with the sky. So light pinks, light blues. I would never put a pastel color and near the bottom. This is just a design quirk, but what the solid color and maybe a darker color. Occasionally, what it does is it makes you think that is, that's the bottom and creates that heavy effect of gravity and makes it feel like it's the ground. So in this section, I'm just adding small bits all over. This is a very tricky section because there's lots of curves and small areas to fit in. So I just kind of fit the pieces in as best I can and creates that model. Look again. They looked like he's sitting on the grass. Whoops. I got some on my original piece, but I'm not worried. In 10 minutes, that gel will have dried and be clear, and you won't even show that I put, um, a little bit of extra gel there. So just keep adding until the whole space is filled. This is the time when you have to make sure you put gel under an gel over. When working with small pieces, it's easy to forget, so just add a little bit here a little bit there. Don't be stingy with the gel. Make sure you cover those areas really well. You don't want any air bubbles near the edges, and in small areas it makes it really hard to fix. So here's the piece. You're all done, the background and, um, that's your next step. Now it's your turn. See how it's cool can be this way as well or this way. So now it's your turn. So you do this step and we'll see you in the next section. 4. Collage The guitarist Part I: adding watercolor part one not divided this section into two parts because sometimes with watercolor, it's better to let the paint dry. So you never work one section next to another section. So this is how I've divided it up. Now you can use watercolors, or you can use acrylic paint. It's up to you. I just wanted to show you some options because quite often people think that once you start with acrylic, you have to stick with acrylic and mixed media is about using different mediums. So this is just show you something different, so watch the video to see how it goes. So here's my guitarist. I'm going to add a little bit of yellow on the arm. So what we're doing, basically, is filling in colors. When you work with watercolor, you don't paint the next section to it right away, because what happens is the two colors blend together, so I choose to paint areas that don't touch each other, and then we have to let it dry and then do the next section. The same applies when you're using acrylic, so be careful you want to paint some areas, but not all the areas make sure the two areas don't touch. And I want matching shoes here. So I want the same intensity of color, and now I'm going to add a little bit on the guitar. In large areas with watercolor. It's good to, Ah, wet the surface. First, it helps the paints. Brad better. So here we go just easy, as can be the color Bland's and it looks great and we're just adding power. And then we will let it dry. Not very complicated. I saw this and a little bit of blue. Spread it, make it even, and that's it for now. So now we have to let it dry and then do the next section. So what, you return? Go ahead, do this now. 5. Collage The guitarist Adding watercolour II: adding watercolor Part two. After letting that watercolor first step dry, you can start this one. You use whatever colors you like. You don't have to copy my colors. Take your time and plea. This is a fun part, so let's watch the video. So here is my guitarist and my watercolor is dry, so I'm going to add another section. The two colors now will not mix together when there were next to each other. So I'm going to add a bit of red to the shirt on that side and him ago. Just adding pieces. Here's a better version closer up. I'm going right over the guitar stem will change that later, so just add it like this and cover the surface. Basically, what you're doing is blocking in. We're going to add little bits of detail later, but right now you're blocking in. You want a base color to work with? Here we are. Just add those pieces like that and we have a little bit on the stem like that. Be careful not to go too close to the red. The two colors will blend now for the pants. We add a section there. I'm going traditional. I'm adding brown for the pants. This is this color is called Ah Bert CNO. It's a beautiful color and we add that there, here we go. And even in the little areas like that, not a problem member. You're just blocking in. You don't want to have too much detail right now. You want to just block in now for the face? Um I'm adding a line for the hat and I'm adding an edge to the hat and that'll be it for now. We will have to add those other areas after So the yellow is dry. I'm adding just a line just like the first guitarist. Remember that in this project, If you don't like that line and you want polka dots, you go ahead and add polka dots. You're allowed. Every drawing should be different. I don't want yours to be exactly like mine. I want your version of it. So this is it for now. Do this part and we'll see you in the next section. 6. Collage The guitarist Adding watercolour III: the last watercolor step. Make sure you're wanna Color is dry. Don't forget about this part. It's really important. Now take your time. This is really fun. This is where you had little bits of detail. Let's watch the video now. What I want to do is add color to the faith, just a light tint. What I am doing is just taking the burnt sienna and watering it down. Same for the hand, just that light color. And then now, for the pant, I add a darker color here, like a purplish blue and the same on the other side. You can choose whatever color you want. You don't have to do the colors that I do. Just fill it in. You're blocking in the color. You're putting a base color before you add any detail, and the water color needs to dry after this before you add too much detail. So here we go. We're adding detail. Sorry, we're not adding detail were blocking in. Now we're going to add just a little touch so it looks like, um, there's It's darker on one side than the other, and that should blend nicely. Now what we're going to do is just touch up some of the paper. If there's little white parts, I cheat. I use paint, and that's how I fill it in. So do this part and we'll see you in the next section. 7. Collage The guitarist The black line: the black line in the sample project. The original project. I used oil pastel, but the project you're seeing is smaller, so I've decided to change that and use something that creates a smaller line. I chose to use paint for this part, so watch the video, see how it's done. Now make sure your paint is really thick. In order to do this part, a thick line looks best. A heavy line. I've chosen to use acrylic for this well, so I'm adding a little bit of acrylic, and I'm going to use that for the line. As I said earlier, I used oil pastel for the larger piece, but this doesn't work quite as well as before. Ah, this piece is quite small compared to the original example. So I'm going to use acrylic and stand. So all you do is use a very thin brush and create that line. You want to just cover all the areas that need that black line just like that, I've speeded up the process just a little bit, so it's not quite so boring for you. So in real life you're not going to work this fast. You're going to take your time and in real life I don't work this fast. I work very slowly, and I make sure that it's done properly. So take your time, feel in those areas now for the fingers, and I'm going back and forth so you can see the overall effect. And just skinny sausages is kind of what they are. Now, I have a little bit of extra paper. I'm going to take it out, and the black line is going to cover that white space, so I don't worry about it. But I keep the line going and I cover all the areas. You can move the painting if you want to make it more comfortable for you. I'm trying to work so that you can see it better should just keep adding the line. You go on top off the papers where the papers join, and so I'm creating that line and adding this one more time. I'm trying to show you that when you do collages, you don't have to stick to paper. You can use acrylic. You can use pastels. You can use water color. You can use any medium you like. You're not restricted to using just the papers. The papers are one way to enhance a painting and add something different that nobody else has. The paint anybody can use, and you can choose the kind of paint that you like. Now, if you don't like a line, see what I'm doing. I'm just taking it off before it dries. So I'm adding the line one more time and again, I don't like it, so I wipe it off and I try again. Sometimes I just work another area so that I'm not so frustrated with it. It's also a good idea to let the bad area dry. The reason I probably had trouble the second time is because that area, because there was paint there and the paint was thin, that it had a little bit of water. It made that area moist, and so the paint reacts differently on moist surfaces. So now we're just adding a thicker line. Remember that when you add a thicker line, it grounds it, so you want the thicker lines, probably near the bottom twist and turn your project until twist and turn your project to make yourself comfortable. You want to feel in every little line there is you put the line right where the two papers meat. That's the best place member that this is speeded up. You're not going to work this fast. This took a little bit of time to do so just at the line and divide up the spaces. It creates that collage Abstract Picasso. Look. These are the lines for the guitar stem, and going straight is the hardest part. If you are not sure you can go straight, The easiest thing to do is to draw your line in chalk first and then follow it. If that doesn't work, just wipe it off and start again. Remember the wildy acrylic is wet. You can just wash it off, let it dry, and then start again. Nothing worse than a line that you don't like bothering you for ever and ever. Now, just a few more details at the top. Remember, you're not trying to reproduce a reald guitar. You're trying to create a guitar look so that when people read your painting, it will be just the idea of a guitar that they're looking for. They're not looking for all the details that make a real guitar. So these are just little decorations on the guitar, and we'll at them slowly. Member of this video is speeded up, so I went really slow when I was doing this part. Just take your time, do a good job. That's the important part. Just relax and just take your time. If you're paint gets a little thick, you can just dip your brush in water and mix in a little bit of water, but not too much. Too much water in acrylic means that your paint will spread where you don't want it to. Spread. Water also dilutes the paint sometimes so much that when it dries, you can actually wipe it off. I did this once I water down my krilic because I wanted it to look like water color. But when I accidentally rubbed my sleeve on the painting, the paint came off. So the binder that keeps the paint together gets broken down. When you add too much water here, we're adding just little knobs on the side of the guitar and touching up the hat. We're almost there. We're almost finished. Here we are. This is your project, and now it's your turn. I want you to finish the lines and then we'll see you in the next section. 8. Collage The guitarist Conclusion: conclusion. Combining media creates a very different effect, and this is just another example. Different media adds interest and makes people look at your work, So that's a bonus. Remember to take the time to plan your work. That's very important. And it's essential. Here's a collage infomercial. Surrealist artists made extensive use of collage. They weren't the first, but they're the ones that used it the most. And modern artists like Tom Wesselman, Jim Dying, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichenstein, Clause Oldenburg, The All do This. They all use collage in their work. There's even Europeans such as Armand buys Crystal, Yves Klein, Festa, Rotella and many more that used collage techniques, collages, a term that led to the term mixed media. Any mixing of different media is called Mixed Media and collages. One part of this artist, Lee Krasner, frequently destroyed her own paintings, cut them into pieces and created new works of art and call them collages. So that's something you can try if you would like. Here's my next course, the landscape. It's a wonderful summary landscape. Most of all, it shows you how I fix a composition error. So join me in my next course, the landscape. See you soon