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Collage for beginners - An abstract flower

teacher avatar Doris Charest, Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor

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9 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Collage A flower Introduction

    • 2. Collage A flower The drawing

    • 3. Collage A flower The background

    • 4. Collage A flower Adding gold

    • 5. Collage A flower Adding string

    • 6. Collage A flower Adding white

    • 7. Collage A flower Adjusting the composition

    • 8. Collage A flower Last details

    • 9. Collage The Flower Conclusion

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Collage is a fun and easy. An abstract flower 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 A flower Introduction: abstract flower. Ah, Project for beginners by Doris. Sorry. As you know, I have a bachelor's degree in fine arts and a master's degree in visual art education. I've taught mixed media all over Alberta, and I love teaching art, and I love contemporary art. What I present in this course and in all my courses is very simplified and covers on Lee the basics off the technique. Here's our project. Ah, flower and it's an abstracted flower, so we're going to just use shapes and make it look like a flower. For this project, you will need papers, different kinds of papers, a brush, a canvas or board gel. Medium string water for your washing, your brushes. And don't forget Ah plastic to cover your table in case you get messy. So again, this is the project. Get ready and we'll see you in the next section. 2. Collage A flower The drawing: the drawing. This drawing is just a few lines, and it doesn't go into much detail. So don't go into much detail either. Please, let's watch the video. Here's my canvas and what I'm going to do is just start with a circle and then add shapes. Really rudimentary petal like shapes. Just lines just like that and like that. And that's kind off those kind of shapes. That's all there is to it. Make sure it's not an even number. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 3. Collage A flower The background: Step one, the first layer. Now in this project, you're going to do quite a few different layers. The trick is to tear your pieces of paper ahead of time. To get them ready, you can use any kind of paper tissue, paper, scrap of papers, color papers, Asian papers, anything you like. If you like the papers that I use, I teach you how to do that in my mixed media for beginners course. So go to that course to learn how to make those papers. The ones that I use now for the video. Let's watch how the first layer is put on. Now I have my shapes for the flower I am. I'm just going to add a few pieces here and there. I decided I didn't want to create the same thing over again. So I've decided to use Randa's a color, or at least mostly red, with a few blues and some grays. So remember the model. Create a gel, saddle it so you put gel under and jail over. So now what I'm going to do is pick out pieces of paper than have that shape of the pedal, the one that I have drawn out doesn't have to be perfect just so long, as as it's very close to what you've done before. Remember, you need an irregular amount of petals. Helps Oh, create more of a balance. So I would like a little dark there, so I add a little piece of dark. I also wanted to go over the edge like it's doing now, and I'm going to add a little bit of dark on that other pedal just like that. Um, that way I have a bland I have the red, I have darks, and I'm going to have some lights to, But basically the first step, you just put it on. Don't worry too much. Choose a color you like. Make sure it's similar shapes to what you've decided to put on trying to have a little bit of variety. So not every pedal is the same, but it's not a complicated process for the beginning. Just put it on. In this case, I'm also adding pieces to the side at the same time. So here I'm adding another dark beside that pedal and making sure that I have gel under and jail over on both sides and now We're going to add another pink if and take your time doing this. Don't be afraid to study it. Place it. Decide if you really like it there or not. Take it off. If you don't like it, you don't have to commit to something unless you really like it. So just choose the people pieces you like at them on. And don't worry in the beginning, the important part is making sure that the there is a similar color scheme for the whole process. So now I'm going to just extend that pedal so it goes rain over the edge and I want those pedals to touch the edge just like that. So gel under Joe over and add pieces until you're happy with what the shape is doing. So now I want that dark to almost touch the dark that was there before. So it looks like a line has been extended. Now, one more piece, a little bit of dark, and I'll make it skin. You're so it looks better. And here we go. Now that dark goes right over the edge. That's one big pedal, and we're going to add some more pedals A little lighter one goes that way at a little gel just like that and then jail over. So we're staying to the same color scheme. So I'm going to use reds and blues more like a teal color, some blacks and some grays. And I want to make sure that I don't change color right in the middle of the flower. So I'm going to keep the same color scheme all the way through. Notice how generous I am with the gel. Don't be afraid to put a lot of gel. It saves having air bubbles if the jealous too thin, Sometimes an air bubble is made and then you have a problem. Air bubbles, Aaron. No fun. So we're adding a little bit of blue. I added blue on one side, and I'm going to add it on the other. And I keep going and adding just like that, and I want to make sure that my flower extends right to the edges. This is the first step you want tohave good coverage all the way to the edge. You want the Panelists to just go right near the edges and I keep adding pieces just like that one. You have the edge. Those white parts are going to be a different color. I'm going to add something different after, so this is the 2nd 1 So now just keep adding pieces until you're you have covered almost the whole surface of the painting. I'm going to speed it up now because it's quite boring to just listen me to me talk while I just slowly, very slowly glue some papers on. So just keep it, working the project and adding pieces. You want to make sure that the edges are all covered and you have a piece that looks very similar to this. When you're done, just glue down the edges. Here's the final product. This is what you need to do now See you in the next section. 4. Collage A flower Adding gold: adding gold. The's gold papers that I'm going to add are from Chinatown. You get them in the section where there are dishes. They're called prayer papers or Josh papers, and they're used for wrapping up wishes for Chinese New Year. They're wonderful for collage. Have a look. Let's watch the video. So here I have my shapes and I'm going to add gel because, as you've heard me say, 1000 times gel under gel over. So I start with the gel and I get these papers that I just love. They're really easy to tear. You get them in different sizes. They come from Chinatown and I add them on a lot of my collages. You can get them in silver, Nothing. And this time I'm going to use gold. So you just tear the shapes that you want. Remember my lesson on tearing? If you tear up, you get a white line. If you tear down, you get no white line. So what you want is no white line. What I tour a silver one. I really just want the gold. So I'm going to start with some different shapes. I'm going to retire. And at one piece right there and then Joe under Joe over. So you just add more jail. Then you take another piece, put it the way you like it and jail under Joe over. And you just add some and just gel it over like that. Don't be shy about the gel. Use a lot. It's the best way to get your paper sticking on. Just rate here. I'm going to tear some more papers, just a fit. Those shapes what I like about these people. What I like about these papers is the fact that the are, um not a bright Khaled, but that like an antique gold. And I just love that color. I like it better than the bright goal. So here, I'm going to have a piece there. I'm going to re jealous because it took me so long to decide. And now I just add the peace like that on. And now I'm going to add another one on the other side. So just take the papers and terrorism. You can't see me tear them. But here we are nothing exciting about tearing anyway. So you just make sure the shape is similar. Just like that and you put it. Ah, tear it before you go it down just like that. And you add some just Joe under gel. Over there we go. So you make sure you had some wherever you need it and then my patch as well, just like that. And now I'm going to add a little piece where there's the white and gel over it. Not very complicated. Now you confined to you can add little bits here and there, and I like to add a scattered amount of little tiny pieces of gold so that the color is repeated throughout the painting. So I just add pieces here and there, and I don't want them to touch the big pedals. But I do want little bits here and there, so scattered them unevenly just so that it looks like it's a natural event that you just dropped all these these little pieces of gold and all of a sudden they're scattered all over your painting. That's the kind of look you want, so don't make them all two inches apart, just some closer, some further away, and it looks like they just fell on. That's exactly what you want. Little tiny pieces and not very hard. So when you're done doing, this section will see you in the next one 5. Collage A flower Adding string: adding string, you can use any kind of string. I prefer thin strings because they are easier to adhere to the surface. Often I use cotton crow she threat and that works really well. Now, when you add your string, you got to put it in the right places. It's going to catch the eye. Or I should say it will catch the eye. So you're going to make sure that the string really enhances the flower. Watch the video, see how I did it. So now I have my piece and I don't like the gold like that. So not only will I add string here, I'm going to add a little more of that colored paper. That big, bold gold shape is just too much for me, So I'm going to cut some of it out by collage ing something on top. Remember that when you collaged, you're never finished. If you don't like it, you just keep adding to it. So same old thing gel under gel over. Now some of that gold will peek through and it looked just great. I'm just going to cover some of it up so we don't have so many big bold gold shapes. I did the same thing in our original example. I covered some of it up and it looks great. So, Joe, under Joe over, and we're going to keep adding little pieces here and there. I don't want to cover the whole thing up, but I want to cover most of it. I want the gold to show through and peek through in small areas, but I don't want the whole story to be about gold. I want it to be about it being a flower, and right now it's all about the goal. Phil. You gel under at another piece, see how it peeks through, and it looks just great. And we're going to add another one, another little piece and a little more white this time. So jail under and gel over, covering up the majority of the gold. Already that looks better, so I like that a lot better than I did before. Now I'm going to add a tiny center for the flower and maybe just a little more detail, just so we realize it's the center of a flower. We do have to give a few hints that it's a flower and not just big pieces of color that are across the campus. So here I'm adding something to show that it's a center there ago. I think what I want to do is just add gel so that when I put the string down, I can just lay it down and it will let it dry. So I've cut some pieces already, and I'm just going to at it strategically in different places. I didn't cut them quite big and small enough. There's a little too big sell cut again and at, um in different places. Remember, in your project, string is optional. If you don't like the look of string, you don't have to add it. Remember this project. I'm providing an example. It's not something for you to copy. It's something for you to be inspired by. So if you don't like string, you know you string. If you don't want use gold, you don't have to use gold. Use another color here. I'm trying to press it down. My fingers are getting sticky, so it's getting hard to put that string down, and then you just cut more pieces and and when you think you cannot think of another place to put a string stop. That means you don't need any more that you're You've put as much string as there is need for it. Then I'm having trouble sticking them down my scissors air helping You can tell those scissors have helped before. I've had them a long time, and the are just full of paint and full of gel. And they still cut the best of all the scissors in my house and just a few more. Not too many too much string than the story is about the string and not about the flower. Now that's it. We have to let it dry. It's your turn now. I want you to just do this. 6. Collage A flower Adding white: adding white, I found that there is still too much gold, so even though I added some color before now, I'm going to add some white in order to subdue the gold and the reddish color. Watch the video, see how it's done. Now here's my flower. And even though I added some reddish color before the gold is still showing through a lock and I don't like that, so what I'm going to do is add white, just plain white tissue paper. This means that the color and the gold will show through, but not quite as boldly as it's doing now. There's just too much gold and not enough the look of a flower. So I'm going to just tear some pieces of paper and gently, um, add some on every piece of that pedal. So here I am, a little closer you can see already, even though the gel is a little bit semi opaque that the color will seep through, you will see the color, the gold in the rand's. But at the same time, we won't be faced with just a big, bold gold shape that we have now. It will actually look a little more like, ah flower. When you buy tissue paper just by the inexpensive kind, maybe even the kind that you buy at a dollar store. It's very transparent, and it works really, really well for this kind of project. If you buy expensive tissue paper, it's less opaque. Or I should say it's more opaque and therefore you can't see through it quite as much. You want something that you can see through. You want the collar underneath to show it's just beautiful. When the colors peek through Ah, paper that you've put on. If the edges air ragged, then it works really well, too. If there's a crack or a tear in the paper, that works really well. Now what we're going to do is just cover up a little of theme. It'll part just so that, um, it's not quite so gold near the and knots quite so bold near the center, but just fine tuning it a little bit before we go. So now the trick is to add, ah, lot off gel just like that, and then we'll cover it completely here. It ISS with a little bit of white at it. It's your turn now, 7. Collage A flower Adjusting the composition: adjusting the composition in this video, you'll see how I changed my mind. I was unhappy with a composition, and I felt I needed to change some of the composition. So watch carefully. You might have to do this yourself. Here's my flower, and I'm just not happy with it. Four little pedals that are big pedals that are radiating over in that area. What I want is an odd number of of pedal, so I'm going to add another pedal just so it's not so even, and I want a different shape. So what I'm going to do if ad a long, skinny pedal just like that one and it's fairly transparent and it's not going to show very much. So I'm going to add a little bit more. So keep tearing until you have the sheep and I'm going to make that pedal a little wider. Or maybe a another one. I think I'll go for the middle like that there. That looks better. Just a tiny adjustment here ago and see when I add the gel, it becomes transparent, and I'm just going to tear it off. That already looks better. It's a little more balanced. It goes off the edge, and it's not so much like a helicopter bleed, and I'm just going to add one more and I have to decide here. You can take your time in planning. You don't have to rush it, and I'm going to just add it to this one right there. So gel under. I'm forgetting myself and gel over is going to turn that pedal into a big, wide one. Or maybe there's an overlap of two pedals that makes it look like one. You do want to create a little bit of a mystery, so do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 8. Collage A flower Last details: last details. In this video, I use water, color, crayons, watercolor in pencils, all kinds of things. Remember that the beauty of collage is that you can add anything. You can add anything from acrylic paint to water color paint, too. Anything that will make the painting work. Now let's watch the video. See how it was done this time. Here is my painting. I'm going toe. Add little bits of details I'm going to start not with acrylic like was done in the painting, but with watercolor when I like about watercolor is that if I don't like the look of it, I can wipe it off. All I need is a wet cloth, and then I just take it off. So watercolor gives me permission to try things out. Now I'm going to add bits of yellow just so that I it looks like that gold is peeking through. I want to reintroduce that yellow color not quite as boldly as it was when he was all goal , but just little bits of it. Now I'm going to add some of the red that's in the background. If there's red in the background, it's most likely that there will be read in the flower as well. Here we can see better now, just little bits. Less is more when it comes to adding information for details. So you want toe, add tiny bits of information, decide if it works, then add little bits more. It's easier to make a good decision if you are not adding a whole bunch of the time here. I'm just adding tiny touches of red to create that glow in the flower. I like that. So I'm going to stop, and I'm going to take out some water color crayons now. You couldn't buy these at the art supply store, but I've even found some in a dollar store. What you do is you draw with um, and the crayon hits the bumps in the tissue paper, and it adds a little bit of texture. It's really wonderful to play with. And again, the beauty is that you can wipe it off if you don't like it, so just keep drawing and see what happens. I wet my finger and I spreading around. Sometimes I end up with ah, black lips or blue lips because I was licking my finger and I had some of that crayon on it and see how you can soften the edges. You don't always want a hard edge. Sometimes you want a soft one. It is a great tool for adding back in some color. Now I'm going to add in some red in the center and just keep adding little tiny bits of information you don't want to do a lot of at a time, just like I said before. Just take your time, do a good job, and that's adding more depth into the flour. So now it looks like the middle. It really sinks in and the petals come out from it. If done a great job for that effect, and you can wipe the bits off with your finger. So now it's your turn. Try it, see what happens. We'll see you in the next section. 9. Collage The Flower Conclusion: conclusion. Don't forget to gel the surface of your collage as the last step. I won't show you how to do that because I've already shown you in the previous videos. Don't forget to do this every time. It's a very important step. As you get more advanced, I expect you to remember these technical aspects, and remembering to seal your collage at the end is part of the process of learning how to do collage on your own. This is a step you must do all the time. My next course is called Mixed Media for Beginners, and it deals with a little more advanced techniques for creating collage. We start to discuss composition and color choices and color harmony so we'll see you in the next course. Mixed Media FOR Beginners By Doris Shot