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Explore Floral and Botanical Painted Paper Collage Illustration

teacher avatar Sonja Morris, Illustrator and Creative Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (1h 18m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Class Project and Supply List

    • 3. Intro to Color Theory

    • 4. Talking About Color Palettes

    • 5. Create a Color Palette Using Canva

    • 6. Create a Color Palette Using Adobe

    • 7. Creating Textured, Painted Paper

    • 8. Abstract Mini Colllage

    • 9. Floral and Botanical Elements Inspiration

    • 10. Creating Floral Elements

    • 11. Creating Leaf and Foliage Elements

    • 12. Creating a Handmade Collage

    • 13. Creating a Digital Collage

    • 14. Thanks and Hope to See You Again Soon!

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Sonja Morris Illustration

If you love illustration and are keen to explore a fun and satisfying mix of handmade and digital techniques that will add depth and texture to your work, you will love this class. Sonja is a creative teacher and illustrator. She will share her passion for collage illustration and colorful, feminine lifestyle floral and botanical vibe as you explore the art of painted paper collage in this creative workshop that is fun for absolute beginners as well as seasoned creatives.

You can see more of Sonja`s work on her website: https://www.birdagram.com

In this class you will learn the following:

  • Explore basic color theory
  • Explore choosing a harmonious color palette
  • How to make your own, beautiful, jewel-colored, textured, painted paper
  • How to make an abstract collage to start thinking about organic shapes in collage
  • How to find inspiration for creating botanical and floral collage elements
  • How to make collage floral and botanical elements
  • How to collage in a traditional way with painted paper using glue and scissors
  • How to easily create a digital collage from scanned elements using tools in Photoshop 

You will create:

An abstract collage illustration in a warm up to get you thinking about collage 

Floral, leaf and foliage collage elements in a warm up to get you thinking about florals and botanicals

A beautiful floral and botanical painted paper collage illustration of FLOWERS IN A VASE


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Sonja Morris

Illustrator and Creative Teacher


I teach KG to High School Art.  Every day in the classroom, I see something wonderful and inspiring happen when children make stuff and learn stuff. I am a creative teacher and illustrator. My signature illustration style is layered and colorful and my work is decorative, lifestyle illustration with a feminine edge.

I work with painted paper collage using gouache and handmade and digital illustration processes. I graduated in Photography at London College of Communication and I have a Bachelor of Science degree. I love vintage botanical illustrations and Victoriana! Teaching is my passion and I so enjoy working behind the scenes to bring you colorful, creative art workshops that will spark your imagination and inspire ... See full profile

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1. Class Introduction: I'm so glad you've been able to join me for this fun and colorful creative workshop here on Skill Share. My name is Sonya Morris and I'm an art teacher and Illustrator. A few years ago I fell in love with painted paper collage when I was a primary school art teacher. What happened that year is I was called in to create an art department in a school where an arthropod and had never existed before. And they were really bad facilities. So it was hard to get running water in the classroom and painting was a complete nightmare where the kids, so I got the kids to do was to make up loads and loads of beautiful colorful painted paper at the beginning of every term. And they will then use those for collaged projects throughout the year. And I began saving all these beautiful textured and Duke colored scraps of paper at the end of every lesson. And it wasn't long. And I began making my very own painted paper collages. I really love painted paper as a medium. And I guess because I worked in corporate As a designer for quite a long time. Before I became a teacher. I kinda got burnt out by sitting in front of a Mac screen for so many hours every single day. And I just loved the combination of good old fashioned get your hands dirty. Let's have a great big paint up and cutting with scissors and pasting with glue and then taking everything into a more sophisticated place, like Photoshop or procreate to finish off afterwards. In this creative class, you will learn to act texture and depth to your illustration work by using handmade painted paper collage. This class is for absolute beginners have never picked up a paintbrush, as well as more seasoned creatives looking for a fun and engaging workshop and to try out a new process. This class will teach you to be adventurous with combining analog and digital illustration techniques and is a fantastic primer for all sorts of creative collaged projects that you could dream up. If you're an absolute beginner, you will find the process is broken down into a series of doable steps throughout the videos that will help you to gain confidence and build your skills as you work through the course so that you'll be ready to tackle the final class assignment. I'll be showing you how to create a unique color palette, how to collage traditionally using glue and scissors, and how to use Adobe Photoshop to bring all your handmade collage elements together for our final class project, which is a floral and botanical collage illustration, you'll be able to use the skills that you learn in this workshop to create beautiful, well-planned projects, such as creative art journal pages or even wall art for your home. Be sure to upload your beautiful work to the class project at the end of this course, I hope you'll enjoy working through this series of creative videos as much as I've enjoyed making them for you. Let's get started. 2. Class Project and Supply List: As you work through the videos with me, you'll be creating a series of four creatively satisfying and engaging many projects that lead up to our grand finale, our class project. For the class project, you will be creating your very own painted paper collage illustration containing floral, botanical, bird, and butterfly elements. Don't forget to upload your beautiful work to the class gallery. By the end of this colorful skill share workshop, you'll be able to do the following. You understand basic color theory. You'll be able to create a color palate using Canvas and Adobe. You'll be able to make your very own handmade painted paper. You'll be able to use your gorgeous textured painted paper to create an abstract collage. You'll be able to use your painted paper to create botanical collage elements. You'll have the skills to create floral collage elements. You'll be able to make a traditional paper collage manually with glue and scissors. And you'll be able to use Adobe Photoshop to create a digital collage. And at the end of the class, you'll be able to create a beautiful floral and botanical collage illustration for the class project. Be sure to upload your beautiful class project work to the class gallery as you go along. Okay, so I'm quickly going to run you through your class project grief for the skill share workshop, which is for the end of this workshop. Now, please don't look at this and think, wow, how am I going to get to that? If you're a beginner? Because I'm going to be walking you through all the steps that you need and you will have the skills at the end of this workshop to tackle the class project. So for the project, you're going to be creating a floral and botanical painted paper collage illustration using handmade painted paper. And you'll be uploading your beautiful work to share in the class gallery. Now, be sure to cite your work so that it measures 690 by a 100 pixels before uploading to the class gallery. And just a reminder that all of this information is available in the class notes for you to download and to look back on later. So I've prepared a little bit of inspiration for you so that you can start thinking about this as you go along. What I want you to think about is creating plural and botanical elements in some sort of a bouquet, maybe like this arrangement of floors and botanical. So over here. Or you could go for flowers and botanical elements in actual vars. So I've got two illustrations here where I've done a followers. The one is much simpler, the other one is really ornate and elaborate and has been touched up with paint afterwards. And so those are things to think about. Have a look at how the floral, botanical elements are really layered and, and how it all comes together. And I've gone and added some birds and a butterfly, and that's actually a most element to that as well. So if you're feeling confident enough to tackle there, then by all means you can add some birdies and some beautiful butterflies too. So we're ready to start and we're about to dive into the materials that we're going to need for our course. Now, the first thing you're going to need is a free Canvas account. So go ahead and sign up for that. It's free. You'll need an Adobe account, which is also free. You just need to sign up and you will need Adobe Photoshop CC. If you're going to go on and go through the steps to do the digital collage. Now, as far as art supplies go, you'll need ten to 20 sheets of A3 office paper. A4 paper is fine also, no problem with that. I recommend that you use poster paint for this project. And what I mean by poster paint is just normal school paint, the kind that washes AND washes out of clothing. Cheap donors tool paint will work just fine. What I do recommend though is that you actually avoid acrylic paint and avoid buying it. And if you've got some tubes lying around and then don't use it for this project because it's very heavy and opaque and it's very hard to get the lovely brushstrokes. And if we want for this project, you'll need a wide paintbrush around an intracellular width, a fine paint brush. If you want to paint on some details, a plate or palette for colour mixing, and a jar of clean water, a place to put your paper for drying. It's absolutely fine to put it on the floor just to remember that pits will walk over it. And if you're impatient like me, then you might want to use their hedge via to dry it a little bit faster. You'll need scissors and glue, stick, tracing paper. I've put his optional, but I think if you're a beginner, you will find it very useful to have tracing paper, which I do use and demonstrate. In one of the steps. You'll need a pencil and eraser, a small selection of wash paint, which I've put his optional as well because you can actually mix up your poster paint and that works fine with it with a small brush for touch ups. And you're going to need access to a high resolution scanner or a smartphone. If you haven't got a scanner, no problem at all. Just photograph your images carefully and upload them to your computer. Okay, let's get started. 3. Intro to Color Theory: In my favorite place in the whole world, which is talking about color. So we're going to run through some basic color theory. Now, if you are an absolute beginner, you probably haven't seen what I'm going to explain to you. And if you are a more seasoned creative, just bear with me because I bought some really lovely storyboards and some very interesting inspiration things that we'll be looking at. So the color wheel is really just a map that shows us the relationship between different colours. When an artist or a designer uses colors that look good together, Color harmony is achieved. And that is what makes colors or combinations of colors really pleasing to look at. Now, we can actually use the color wheel to establish color harmony by understanding what colors are actually contained within colors using color combination rules. So this is standard color wheel, which has 12 different colors which are arranged like the spokes on a wheel. And we're going to go into our colour wheel now and start at the very beginning with our three primary colours. Now, primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. And in traditional color theory, which is used in paints and pigments, which is what we're doing because we're making handmade painted paper for this project. Primary colors are the three pigment colors that cannot be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors with the exception of black and white, are derived from these three colours. So when you go out to buy paint, you really only need to buy a red, yellow, blue, and black and white. And you can mix every color and at the sun with just those colors. So here on this slide, I've found some stunning use of primary colors. It's useful to think of primary colors as your parent colors. So a primary color actors are very strong anchoring color with other colors. And using all three primary colors together creates a very bold and primitive color palette. It's often a good idea to turn one of the colors down at a little bit by adding white to the color, to lighten it, to soften the palette, and to make it a little bit more pleasing to the eye. So you can see in this picture with all these beautiful pops of blue, red, and yellow, the so far has been turn down into its viz white added to that to make that shade of blue in that works really well. And the same in this kitchen, there's a lighter shade of blue here, which just makes it more pleasing to the eye. Over here we've got a beautiful use of more muted shades of yellow, red, and blue. But once again, we'll primaries are working in a beautiful way. Very bright pop of color in this illustration. And here we can see that in this clip art that I've found, it's being toned down a little bit with it, sort of pinky red. And then these incredibly funky earrings made out of perspex over here. And these are all inspiration images that I found for you on, on Pinterest, which is a great place to find inspiration for color and for color palettes. Moving on now we go to our secondary colors, and this is where the fun starts, because if you've never mixed colors before, color mixing is very magical and loads of fun. So we have our three primaries. We've got our red, blue, and yellow over here. And if we mix yellow and blue, we get green. If we mix yellow and red, we get orange. And by mixing blue and red, we get purple. So a secondary color is just two primary colors that have been mixed together. So if we move on to our inspiration pictures that I found for you, these, these come from Pinterest also, you can see a really dynamic and beautiful use of secondary colors. I often look at interior design photographs for inspiration because interior designers are really good at working with color palettes and using bold than usual combinations. Secondary colors go really well with primary colors because primary colors are the invisible constituent parent colors that make up secondary colors. And this is why using secondary colors with one or both of the constituent primary colors make such a harmonious color combination. And that's also the reason why secondary colors go really well together. Because if you think of it, purple and orange both contain red. Green and orange both contain yellow and green and purple both contain blue. So we've got these beautiful walls over here. Look at the orange, purple, green, look how this has been used with purple, lovely shades of purple and green in this painting. And then over here we've got this pop of blue, which brings in your primary and look how beautiful and harmonious this year's over here with your purple, your green, and your blue. And all of this is going to be available for you in the class notes as a PDF file so you can get that off the internet and, and keep it for using as you work through the videos. Then we move on to our tertiary colors. And tertiary colors are red, orange, yellow, orange, yellow green, blue green, violet, and red, purple. And we, when we mix a secondary color with a primary color, we're going to end up with a tertiary color. So your yellow orange over here is made by mixing orange and red. Yellow, green over here is made by mixing green and yellow. You've got a blue-green, which is made by mixing blue and green. Violet is made by mixing purple and blue and your reddish purple is made by mixing purple with rate. And here's a little color mixing chart over here. In the notes in the PDF. You also have a color mixing chart at the end in case you want to go back and just check how, how couples are mixed. And then I have got this for you, which is just a stunning, stunning use of tertiary colors. Once again, your tertiary colors go really well with primary colors because primary colors are the invisible constituent pair in colors that make up tertiary colours. So tertiary colors, when you use them with one or more primary colors, you're going to get an automatic harmonious color combination. And tertiary colors also go really, really well together. Because red orange and yellow orange both contain your own bread. Yellow green and blue, green both contain yellow and blue, and violet and red, purple both contained blue and red. So here we've got some really lovely contrasts and look at this sort of greenish yellow with this blue green over here. Here we've got that lovely reddish purple over here from the color wheel. That's mixed contrasted with this deep blue over here on the wall. Here we've got that lovely blue-green over here, which is put with this reddish purple over here. And I absolutely loved this painting on the wall in this picture, look at the blues, greens and how well they go with the yellow oranges. And so this is what I'm talking about with color harmony. It's just pleasing to look at in India. Completely delightful. So the last thing I want to show you is now this is where color, color mixing gets crazy. Because if you add white progressively to your primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, you're going to end up with an incredible amount of what we call tense, which are lighter variations of that color. If you add black to those colors in progressive amounts, you're going to end up with an incredible amount of shades or darker tones of those colors. So you can see over here, let's have a look at the violet. So if you're, if you're adding white tool violet over here, it's going to get progressively lighter until you end up with these pastel tints on this side. And if you add in black, you going to end up this over here. So they are endless in the shade and tint set one can create on your coat color wheel. This is just a very basic one. We've got maybe two or three over here. And then the last two things we're going to look at really quickly, or complimentary colors which sit opposite from each other on the color wheel. So over here you have your purple and yellow on this side. Those are complimentary. Your blue and your orange is complimentary, and red and green is complimentary. Complementary colors work really well together, and it's one of the reasons if you think about Christmas, we didn't green of Christmas. It's really festive and, and, and the colors go well and harmoniously together. And then lastly you Analogous Colors or colors that sit right beside each other on the color wheel. So you'll have maybe, you'll Blue's going into green over here, or you could maybe have yellow going into orange going to read that, that kind of thing. And so that's the color wheel in a nutshell and color theory for you. And we're going to move on after this and have a look at how to make some really exciting and beautiful color palettes. 4. Talking About Color Palettes: Okay, so here we are back in the wonderful world of color. Now, one of the things that one needs to think about before starting out on an illustration project is the kind of colors that one wants to use. And it's very, very useful to put together at least one color palette. Now, you can sort a whole bunch of colored palettes and you're most welcome to try them out and to paint up loads and loads of different pieces of paper to see how it comes out. It's actually really easy to find color palette ideas. What I like to do is spin time on, on Pinterest. And I want to show you some of the cutter pellets that are put together on this board for color pellet ideas. So all I did was local color palette inspiration for 2020. And I came up with these amazing things now, off the top of my head, I would never think of using these kind of colors together. So this is a really, really easy place to, to come and see what kind of colors you might, might want to use and to get inspiration because millions and millions of different color combinations that one can use. So that's my Pinterest way of doing it. And then you just pin these on your, on your board and your color palette board and you can come back to them when you need or when you're looking for inspiration for a project. 5. Create a Color Palette Using Canva: Okay, so here we are on the kind of a website, www.canva.com. And canva is an absolute jewelry box of brilliant ideas and inspiration. So make yourself a Canvas account and you will need to sign in. And then you navigate to the Learn tab at the top and go across here where it says Tutorials, click on that link. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and here where it says colors. We're going to click on that link. And you'll find some incredible cannon resources. If you want to know more about color theory, then you can click on the color wheel tab over here, which will take you over here to the color wheel and colour combinations, which is very useful. Here. You have an incredible resource that tells you the meanings of all sorts of colors. Really amazing things that you can find out there about color. Here. If we click on this tool, you will find a lovely little color palette generator that makes it fall color palette from any photograph that you may have or something that you really love, but you've saved on your computer. So all you do is you click this button here to upload an image. The image pops in over here and break it down into four colors in a little mini palette. If we go back quickly, over here, is another little hidden jewel in Canvas. And if you click this color palette ideas, you will find loads and loads and loads of the most beautiful before kinda pellets that you can imagine. I mean, just look at that there's 99 pages more. So you can just photographs these with your smart phone and have them biocides as, as your painting up your paper. So there you go. Loads and loads of beautiful color inspiration for you from the Canva website. 6. Create a Color Palette Using Adobe: Okay, so we're on the Adobe website now, color Adobe.com. And I've left this link in the classroom resources in the slides for you so you can go and check that out afterwards. This is a wonderful color palettes hack that you can find him on the Adobe website. So we're in the color wheel tab over here. And I've clicked on analogous. And if you can remember analogous or colors that lie side by side on the color wheel. So you can move this around. You can go in and move these blobs around, which will change the intensity of the colours. Do you see how it changes? She'll shades tints over here. And it also gives you the opportunity to use all of these sliders for every single one of the colours to go back and forth and to create darker or lighter shades of that. And what this does is just a brilliant automatic color harmony generator. So you can play around with this and then just photograph it to your smart phone. That's the easiest way. And then just match the shades and mix up the paint colors that you want. And now this gives you a more sophisticated kind of PEDOT five kinda palette, which is one kind of extra than what you would get on the, on the canvas one like we did previously. So next tab we're going to click is extract theme. So here you get to select a file from your computer. So I'm going to go in to where I have saved some of these images that we looked at for our kind of theory. Wow, just look at that, how it's brought that picture in and it's broken it down into five lovely shades. So you can move these blobs around once again. And if you wanted to capture, let's say you want to catch that green or That Greeny blew over there, then that's what you're able to do by moving these blobs around. I really like this. They're not more than the Canva one because on Canva you can't, it automatically selects four colors for you in that set. So this one is way more sophisticated and they just a lot of exciting things one can do with this as well. So what I do with this is literally just a photograph that's on my phone. And then I've got it for when I'm ready to mix up my paints. 7. Creating Textured, Painted Paper: Okay, so we've looked at color theory, and we've looked at all those gorgeous color palettes, and we are ready to start painting our handmade painted paper. Let's get started. Okay, so here we are and we're ready to get started with the most exciting part of this course, which is making painted paper. So it's a good idea to have everything you need 3D beforehand. So I've got all my jars of paint, bottles of paint over here, a jar of clean water. I've got my two brushes. I have this brush which is about an inch wide, which is perfect for lovely brush strokes. And this fatter more tapered brush over here, which is great for blogging paint on. Then I have my color palette that I actually took this color palette off of, a Pinterest for the color palette inspiration. And I've chosen this palette with purple, a bright orange, pink, sort of smoky purple. And this light tend to have a periwinkle blue. So what I did was I literally just screenshotted the color palette that I liked. You can also just take a picture with your phone and then I mix the colors by hand and just with the I just try to get them to be as close as possible. Doesn't have to be accurate at all. You can stick your color palette or you can just go wild and invent other colors as well. So the idea is to have a collection of at least 20 sheets. So I've got my, my A4, A3 paper over here. A3 is great because then you end up with loads and loads of beautiful textured painted paper. And the idea is to create around 20 sheets in all sorts of different colors with all kinds of wonderful textures. Okay, in our next step, I'm going to show you how to create beautiful painterly textures on your paper. So I'm interested in mixing this kind of light tint of a periwinkle blue. So I've put blue paint and a lot of white on my plate because I want to mix a tint of that blue. And what I'm doing is I'm mixing the paint, but just slightly so that it's not completely mixed together. Scatter put that to the side for now. And you can see that the paint still has streaks where it hasn't been mixed together completely. And then what I'm going to do is I'm literally just going to start painting with lovely broad brush strokes like this, lobbing the paint on and you will see that the fact that it's not completely mixed together and that you actually mixing it as you go along on the paper gives us wonderful streaked painterly effect that I really, really like. So painful sheets of paper completely. By all means, you can have your brushstrokes going in all kinds of different directions. And the idea is just to create as many amazing colors as you can. So I've got my blue paper and I'm thinking of ways of adding interests. So I really like working with paint when its weight on weight. So I'm I've got a little bit of yellow on this plate. And I'm just going to dead in a feudal streaks of this yellow in amongst the weight. So that's something that you can try. And then the other thing that you can do that adds lovely interest in texture is to take a piece of bubble wrap. I'm just going to pop some of those blue paint onto this plate over here like that. And then I'm going to use this fat brush. And I'm going to brush on the blue paint onto the textured side of the bubble wrap like this. And then what you do is you blade down and you're making a print. So this is a very effective way to create interest and texture on your painted paper also. So those are some of the things that you can play around with. You can also use some kitchen utensils. You can use twigs, all kinds of brushes. And really think about how you can work with your color palette and maximize texture and brushstrokes as much as possible. For the next piece of paper we're going to work with, I'm going to mix up a purpley movie shade by adding some purple. Have a look how I'm not mixing the paint together completely. And I'm just going to brush this on once again using lots and lots of lovely news brush strokes like this. Rushing that on so I can see the blue actually coming through, which is lovely. That also adds just lovely interests and texture to that. And then we're ton weight. And you add a bit of water to that wet on wet, I'm gonna go in and add this darker kind of shade on top by brushing on some black, which is quite dramatic and then just dabbing in some blue as well. So this is an enormous amount of fun and just dab away until you get these amazing painterly creations. Another thing that you can do is you can actually use kitchen utensils. Kitchen fork works really nicely and you can use it. You can also use that to add a printed feel. Can print marks onto your paper. It's really up to you how textured you want your paper to go and to be. So have fun. Go wild and be creative. Be sure to upload your beautiful painted paper in progress to the class gallery so we can all admire your beautiful work. 8. Abstract Mini Colllage: Okay, we're ready to dive in and start work on our abstract collage project, which is our mini-project number one for this creative workshop. So let's get glue and scissors ready, and we're ready to dive in and begin. We'd moved to Pinterest and I'm on my Pinterest account. And I'm just going to go down because I've got this board saved for you for inspiration for our theory first and very exciting for large assignment that we're going to do many abstract assignment. So I'm going into this and look at all these lovely ideas that I've saved down for you. Now, I'm leading the link for this. You'll be able to access this board. And I'm leaving the link for you in the slide notes, in the class notes. So you can go and check that out if you want to have another look at this after you've watched this. So when we doing the collage, I want you to think about shape. Kinda how to balance things. And you're probably going to be doing a lot of moving around of things that you've cut out on your paper before you blew them down. If you're an illustrator who works a lot with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator procreate to lots of digital work. This is a really, really fun exercise and get up the old-fashioned paper and the old fashion scissors and glue and just have a great big play around. Don't worry, if it doesn't come out the way you want first or the second time around. If you're a beginner. This is really just a warm-up exercise to get you in the mood for thinking about cutting and pasting and end color, harmony and shapes. So there are some beautiful abstract inspiration ideas on this board. And let's go into this one over here and have a look at this kind of scribble effect that this person is used and all these kind of squiggly lines. This, this over here looks like it's being torn. So by all means, feel free to tell your paper. Cut it cleanly with scissors or tear it. It's absolutely fine. Lovely color palette here and look at these colors there. You've got your blue and your orange. Let's go in and have a look at this one over here. Lots of lovely contrast sort of moves and lie anarchy colors with yellow. I love all these little dotty bits that this person is putting over here. There's some scribbly things over here. You can use crayon or oil pesto. You can use your fine a paint brush and some wash pain to touch us up afterwards. It's up to you what you want to do with this. Navigate down to this one over here. This is lovely. You could do a whole lot of the many chairs on a page like this. Look how this is being overlaid with. Kind of a black, another black shape. And this is kind of a finer and more intricate. So they are loads and loads of things you can do with abstract labour, imagination, go wild and have fun. Look at this one. I absolutely love. This verse is really cheeky and a fresh look at these stripy bit over here. And then just lots of lovely squiggly lines on this side. So I hope that all of these beautiful colors and shapes have got you in the mood. So let's get started creating our first mini-project, which is our abstract composition. We were about to dive into our abstract collage project. And before we begin, I want you to have a quick look at all of these beautiful papers that I made for this assignment. Look at all those beautiful painted it textures. Isn't that fun? So we're starting work on our abstract collage images. Now, what I would like you to do is to lay out your paper. What I've done is I've actually cut my paper in half into A3 pieces, so it's much easier to handle. I also find that one doesn't waste so much paper because you don't cut into these really big sheets. What you can also do is actually just fold this down or folded in half. And you can even cut it down to smaller if you'd like. It just makes it a lot more manageable. So as we work through this, don't forget to upload your work to the class gallery. And let's get started looking at some organic shapes. I've gone ahead and started to cut some shapes with scissors. And I'm a real fan of organic shapes for abstract. I think they work far better than really hard edged kind of geometric shapes. So here are some that I've got started with. So really what you're doing with this is you having a great big play around with all sorts of shapes and colors and just seeing how everything fits together. Trying to make a composition where you've got balance and harmony and an interesting elements. And it's limitless. What you can do with this, I mean, literally there are thousands and thousands of combinations possible. So I'm going to take some of this paper now and cut like that the way this texture works for the black and male younger to cut another table kind of shaped like that, which I might put in over there like that. For this one, maybe move that to there and this will be it. And like that. And what you're doing is just playing around, moving things around all over your page. And when you're ready, then you're going to take your glue stick and you're going to start gluing everything down. So you can make a full-page spread with a large abstract. Or you can actually just have lots and lots of little miniature things going on. The point is to have fun. This is completely experimental. There's no right and wrong with this. Usual colored paper. Think about putting shapes together. Think about your composition. Think about balance, harmony, color palettes. And let's have a blast. 9. Floral and Botanical Elements Inspiration: Back when Pinterest. And we're about to start thinking about how floral and botanical project that we're going to do for our little mini assignment leading up to our class project. So I'm on my Pinterest account. And among this board over here called Flowers. And I'm going to leave the link in the slides that you can download and the class notes. So you can come back to this for reference if you want. So I've put together a huge amount of pictures of flowers, foliage, and botanical elements for you to have a look at and to browse through. So let's dive in and look at some of these black and white over here. Look at the shape of this flower. I want you to really look carefully at the flowers on this board and any other flowers that you may find. You can look at real life flowers. You can pin more flowers. I love looking at vintage botanical illustrations and black and white illustration, but often we need the easiest to work from. So look at this convenient flower. You can see how the pickles I've got this beautiful way be aspect to them. And how the leaves fit in behind. And flowers just come into so many gorgeous shapes. Here we've got some leaves, which have got a stripe in mm. Here you can see how leaves are attached on a stem. And all of this will start getting you thinking about how things can come together for your final project. I love this picture over here with all the flowers layered behind each other like this. So it's all about looking at shapes, petal shapes, petaled types, and how flowers are attached, and how leaves are attached, and all of the different shapes that one can get. Here is a lovely cut paper project. Have a look at this. Here is an example of a paper collage floral project, which somebody has done it on Pinterest for you to have a look at. Remember when you're looking at the inspiration, it's really important that you don't copy anybody else's work. So just use this to inspire you. And then of course you go on and make your own beautiful things. This is lovely. Look this greenery. I loved phone ij and greenery. So here's a really comprehensive little storyboard in all different types of greenery that one can use. Okay, so I hope that gives you lots and lots of inspiration to start. And we're just about to dive in now and get going with making our flaw in botanical elements. 10. Creating Floral Elements: Okay, so here we are and we're getting started with the creation of our floral elements of our collage project by thinking about a really good workflow. So the first thing to do is to make sure you have all your stuff to hand your need your sheets, a painted paper. You'll need a pair of scissors. I have two small brushes over here, which I'm going to be using a sharpened pencil, my glue stick. And I have a reference image that I'm going to work from over here on my iPad. Now, many people really just enjoy having a reference image on the side and taking a pair of scissors and just cutting and getting to work. And that's absolutely fine. If you feel less confident about that. I suggest that you don't spend a lot of time trying to copy or draw things onto actual painted paper. Because if you make a mistake, it's really, really difficult to rub out. And it really rooms the paper. And it is just very demoralizing to keep drawing things over and over again. In the end, they don't really come out right? If you're feeling a little bit unconfident, then I'm going to show you a great hack to get your flowers looking absolutely stunning. Ok, so we're ready to begin working from this reference image that I've got saved down over here on my iPad. So I'm going to bring in a sheet of tracing paper, A4 size tracing paper. And I'm just going to place it over like this. And I'm using my iPad is a light table to trace the source image. Now, it's important to look at the piece of paper that you're working on for your final piece. And to size with your eye the elements that you're going to be creating. Especially if you're not going to be doing the project at the end. Using Adobe Photoshop. If you're just making a completely analog collage, it's important to think about the sizing of your elements for placement on your page. So I'm just taking my pencil and I'm very likely tracing of the round the shape of these beautiful petals like this. All what I want is an outline of the way that the petals are formed. And there is my stem over there. And I have got a lovely tracing. Okay, so I've got my traced image over here that I'm going to be working from. I've cut it out roughly so that it's easy to access. If you don't have an iPad to trace from, then you can just trace off your computer screen. That also works really, really well. So I'm taking my paper in my hand and just laying down the shape, the trace shape. Keeping the two pieces of keeping the tracing paper. Actually I'm going to size this down. Makes it easier to grip. Got my two pieces of tracing paper. I mean, my piece of tracing paper and my piece of painted paper. And I'm just cutting around the petal shape like this polyphony so that I don't separate the paper as I go along. And this is a good way to avoid drawing on the actual painted paper and having smear the pencil marks and things that you've rubbed out. So getting round to this basic shape that I want, stem around like they're just about done with this one. And there we go. I have my petal shape exactly the way that I want it. So what I will do for this now is I'm going to look for a color to make the central portion. So I've cut out my central portion of a flower that I want like this. And I'm pasting that on over there. And I'm going to start getting ready to work on my floral elements now with some guage paint that I have over here, and with my toFind brushes. If you're going to be working on the analog collage project for your class project. It's important to remember that you're going to have to keep your elements loose, so don't glue them on until you've finished all of them. Otherwise you're going to have a problem because you won't be able to move them round on your final collage. If you're going to be working in Photoshop and to bring everything together digitally in Photoshop then by all means you can glue all of your floral elements down as you go along. Now, what you might want to do is you might just want to experiment with a whole lot of fluorophores that you create on some pieces of paper. Glue them down, and just have a beautiful storyboard for yourself. And then decide at the end which ones you're going to take out and replicate, and then move around for your viewer analog collage that doesn't go into Photoshop. If you prefer to only do the digital collage at the end, then by all means, go ahead and make your beautiful storyboards and then you'll just be scanning them in for use and finishing in Photoshop. Okay, so I'm getting ready to create detail and to make my floral elements local, really, really special. So I like to use a little pressure guage paint. I must confess that I have a huge weakness for gold and silver. And I'm going to be using my fine paintbrushes and starting to work using my reference image, which I have on a side. Starting to just work in some beautiful gosh, elements and details. So we're just working on the central part of the flower like that. Let's add some snugly stamens. Few stamens growing up, maybe like this. And get that central portion of the flower looking beautiful. And a little bit of detail into the leaves. To use this lemony yellow. If you've never worked with quash before, then don't add too much water to it. Otherwise, you're going to have a really pale, watery kind of watercolor repaint that's not going to work very well on the painted paper at all. So I'm just adding some veins to my leaves over here. I've decided to add some leaf elements to this as we go along. And we're going to be looking at leaves in greater detail in our next mini-project, where we're just doing leaves and foliage. Okay? Whoops. 11. Creating Leaf and Foliage Elements: So we're getting ready to start work on our botanical and foliage elements for our mini-project leading up to our grand finale class project. What I decided to do for this is to open up one of my sketchbooks where I did a really in-depth study of leaf shapes and leaf venation. So what I've got here is a sketch book of mine that's food with leaves that I literally, I just found a whole bunch of leaves in the garden and work from those. So you can see a whole variety of shapes. This is a five lobe leaf. I love how painted paper lends itself to making leaves because you get something similar to the natural gradations that when we'll see with foliage. And I, I just think it adds such lovely texture and depth. This is more of a grapevine kind of leaf looked lovely. These leaves are with these little curved edges of the top. It's amazing how when doesn't really all gold venation? Yes. I do like my gold guage paint for finishing. It's amazing how when one doesn't really look at the leaves that are around. And when you stop, it's just astonishing what diversity and variety can be found. So here is a compound leaf, which has lots of little leaf blades attached to a central stem. These are lovely for layering, one on top of another. For the back part of your illustration. Look at these over here with slightly longer elongated point. Another compound leaf, this one has this great big elongation over here. Here is a leaf with a serrated edge, but this aeration is not as accentuated as this one. Have a look at this one. So even the leaf blades have great diversity. And then of course these are kind of grassy leaves because this is parallel venation as opposed to this over here. Little bit of variety of color over here for you, we getting into more sort of fall leaves and you can see what I tend to do with a painted papers to try to lay out the texture in a way that really compliments the shape of the leaf. So I really think about that before I just start cutting. This as well, there happened to be the sort of spite streaky bits that work really well for this. Oh, these are oak leaves. And here I've just got some central stems, little tiny leaves over here. These will go onto a compound arrangement. Here is a great big leaf at almost looks like a paddle, another serrated edge, small leaf. And over here we've got this lovely Qj leaf with these veins. Oh, this is IV. Another type of compound leaf. Look at these little notches at the top of each of the units. Look at the crazy shape of the blade of this one. And look at this crazy serration all around the edges over here and this venation over here. So there's loads and loads to think about with leaves and with foliage. So I want you to be experimental, to have lots and lots of fun and remember to think about your final project. So if you're making loads and loads of foliage and you want to do the gluon scissors collage only. Then you need to decide which of those elements you want to keep and which of those you want to glue down on a piece of paper because it's going to be harder later on to separate them and then to you'll have to cut them out again. So if you really love what you're doing, then be sure to keep those pieces separate. Don't glue them down so you can use them for your final collage. Okay, so have fun. I can't wait to see what you come up with. And don't forget to upload your beautiful things to the course gallery. 12. Creating a Handmade Collage: Okay, so we're about to start our handmade collage. And there's some technical things that I just wanted to talk you through before we begin. I've got two examples here for you to look at. Over here on the left, I have this kind of meter flowers bouquet with loads and loads of green foliage. And this one on the right is the class project example that I've made for you. Now, for the one on the left, it's really important when you're working with your foliage and with your flowers to have quite a lot of elements that you can lay out and kind of layer on top of each other and really think about the planning. Because if you've got things that are going to be behind, those are the things that you need to glue down first. So all of these leaves and these kind of things had to go down first, what I do with the larger elements and the elements that are in front. If I know that I'm going to have this in the front and I'm probably going to want to build on it because you're constantly reevaluating your composition as you look, as you go along. So I will look at this and then glue the larger ones that are in front, literally by just putting a blob of glue in the middle so that the petals can still be lifted up so that I can slide things underneath and create this lovely layered look. So that's very important to think about that. And then the same thing for this one over here with a vase of flowers. The vase is in the back. I've got this floral element which went in behind the others. And one of the ways to make your planning really, really easy and to avoid gluing things flat and then struggling to tear them off because you can't put anything behind or because you've changed your mind as you go along, is to just put a little bit of glue in the middle so that the petals and everything can still be lifted so that you can actually slide and your things in behind. So it's very important to plan as you go along. Think visually, think about your composition and really work slowly and think about what you want behind and watch you want in front. These type of glue sticks dry very quickly and the glue is very strong and it's very, very difficult to pull elements off afterwards, especially very delicate elements. So planning is key for this. Now, I've added some fun things for you and you're most welcome to have a go at actually making some of these and adding these inferior final class project as well. So I've got this mouth over here, and I've got a bird element that I've created that I'm going to add in as well. So have fun with this and planning is key. Okay, so we're about to start work on our collage illustration. Now, at this point, you should have all the elements that you want to use, cut out and prepared and ready and loose. So this is our handmade collage. I've got my glue stick ready, and I've got all the elements that I'm going to glue into place. So what we do with this is we're going to move everything around by hand and start placing it into position exactly where we would like it to be. So I'm just going to start thinking about nice ways to arrange this to look pleasing. Putting these elements down and berries I think I would have coming out a little bit maybe on the side like that when I have a rough idea of how I want to arrange everything, going to start by gluing down my elements. So for this, you just really have to be careful. If you've got everything in position exactly like you like it. Then just secure, lift the paper a little bit on the one side and then just secure it. And I'm just going to move that up a little bit so I know exactly where I want my vars to be. Just going to glue that in place like that. So I know that evolves is going to go behind. And then it's a question of arranging and thinking about which flowers shape is going to be behind to let's just move that a little bit like that. So this one is actually going to be a little bit behind the others. So I am going to just take a little bit of glue in the center at the back like this to just secure that in place so that it behaves while I arrange the other the other pieces. So I want that one to be more in front like they're going to do the same with this. Just lifted up a little bit and just blob a bit of glue in the middle to secure that in place like that. This one I wanted to have in front. So I'm going to lift that up and secure that in place a little bit. And I'll have another rethink and play with those in a minute. You really don't want to be using a runny liquid glue for this because it bubbles and causes crinkles in the paper. So a glue stick is really your best bet. I would cover those ups. Are those spaces nicely over there? So that's in place for that. And then the same thing with these berries. 13. Creating a Digital Collage : I'm going to be showing you how to create a digital collage using a floral and botanical elements that you made with your painted paper. So the first thing that I've done is I've hit File, then open, and I've browse on my computer to the place where I stored this image as a scan. If you've uploaded your image using your phone, then all you'll do is you'll go to file and hit open and you'll browse to the place on your computer where you have that image saved and then you'll bring it in. Maybe you photograph every single one of the elements individually and in that case, just open them all and then bring them in. Now, a cursory look at Adobe Photoshop. If you've never seen this before, it looks incredibly bewildering. Don't worry. We're going to use a fraction of what Adobe can do today. And I'm going to walk you through every single step. Now. The first thing we want to have on the screen is we wanted to make absolutely sure that want to go to window. And we want to move down to where it says layers and make sure that his ticked because you're going to need the Layers panel to be up. Now. Well, what we want to do now is think very carefully about what the final image size is going to be. I've decided that my final image is going to be an A3 image because I wanted to be a piece of wall art. So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go file new. I'm going to go custom. And I'm going to type in 11.7 over here. First of all, make sure that's on inches 11.7 by 16.54 over here. You can change whether you want it to be landscape or portrait. I want mine to be portrait. And this is very, very important. You need to set this to 300 pixels per inch or else your image is going to be low resolution and really fuzzy and a very, very disappointing background contents is going to be white and I'm going to hit create. Then I go to File. I hit Save As. And I'm going to save this as collage. Flowers, skill, knowledge, flowers skill share. Make sure the format is Photoshop and you're going to be hitting Save. So back to the scan that we've got on our screen. Now I'm going to take the elements of the scan across to my new image so that I can move them around and play around with them. First thing I do is I go down here to the last Sue tool and I'm going to select, they took the whole down the left mouse pointer and drag with a mouse slowly drawing around the flower without lifting the mouse. The left corner of the mouse at all, until I get to the place where I've joined the lines and then I let go. And when I let go, I will see a line of marching ends. Now, if you've never used Photoshop before, then please do not worry because you may take a few times to actually get that to work, but that's fine. Just practice. And once you've managed to do that, we're going to go to edit, copy, and we're going to go to our collage flower Skill Share and hit edit again and paste. Now, the important thing to remember is we've brought across some of that white, that might be a different white to our background. And it's also going to affect what things look like when we try to layer things. So we need to go to the magic one tool. We're going to hit in that white that's close to that flower and just hit Delete, and then back to the rectangular marquee and then just de-select. Now I've put my first layer in. I'm going to double-click on that and I'm going to call that the pink daisy and hit enter. And then that just organizes everything and makes it really nice workflow. Because it's really nice to see at a glance. Sometimes one has such a jumble of layers that it helps to have them named so that you know what, what exactly you're working with. Because one can actually end up with an enormous amount of layers. So that's a really good workflow to have. So we're going to go back to our scan. I'm going to click on the screen with a rectangular marquee selected to de-select my selection. Back to the last SU two and hold down the left mouse corner. Drag with your mouse and then going round, drag it all the way around. Be careful to get in there like that. Drag it all around and make sure you connect those two lines. And the marching ants have started. So we go to edit, copy and paste. And that's just pasted that in over there. Now with a pointer tool, the Move tool, which is your first tool over there. He taught click on that. And then you just grab this and move it around. But you can see that I've taken in some of those white from the scan which I don't want. So I'm going back to the magic wand, magic one tool. I'm going to click in that white. It's going to select all of that same white. And I'm just going to hit delete. And you'll see that it makes it transparent. Back to the rectangular marquee and click on the screen to de-select. And I'm going to remember to name my layer flower. Let's call that blue flower one and hit enter. Now, when I go to the Move tool over here, I can use the move tool to move my layers around wherever I want. I just click on the layer and I pick it up and I drag it around. In your layers. You actually can move layers around to be one above the other as you wish. And we'll look more at that when we brought in all of our elements. So you're going to follow the exact same protocol, selecting and copying and pasting and getting rid of the white backgrounded tool. You have brought every single thing in too. Your illustration like this. So here we are, with all of our elements, paste it in, and I've got my selection tool on over there. And you can see that I can quite happily move all of these around as, as and when I wish. I've just noticed that when is missing and I have to worry. Let's go back to our scan. I forgot to to bring this one in. So I'm just going to go round, select this one. I golden flower. Edit, copy it, paste. And I'm going to remember to use my magic wand to hit delete, and I've just gotten rid of everything. The background hit the rectangular more key, and click on the screen to de-select. And I need to name this layer golden flower and hit enter. Okay, so we made it to move things around. Now I'm back over here on the, on the selection tool and I'm going to be working with this. So make sure you're on this layer. I see some imperfections in my painted paper that I want to touch up. So I'm going to go to the Magnifying Tool and I'm going to click Command Plus on my screen and then just scroll. And I'm looking at those little imperfections and I don't like them so much. So I'm going to go over here to the clone stamp tool. I'm going to go close to the imperfection. Usually at the top of the screen you can see an opacity sitting. And I like to have it at about 65 to 85%. I'm going to click close to that imperfection option and click with the mouse. And then I'm just going to pick up that color. And that's like magic. I'm getting good of those markings that I don't like and just smoothing that out a little bit. Okay. And maybe I'll do that and is a little piece there as well. Now. Maybe that funnel. So let's just do that over there. I'm going to go into image now adjustments. And I'm going to click on exposure. And I'm going to pull my offset up just a little bit to just make the color a little bit richer. And I'm going to hit OK. So I'm going to go back and make the screen a little bit smaller so that I can see what I'm doing. And I'm moving my Vas over to there. Now, I'm going to start arranging my floral elements. So I'm going to drag that out of the way like that and put that there. It's put that there. Let's put that one over there. And the first one I'm going to move into place is going to be this one. So I am bringing it down now. I want the bars to go to the background. So I'm going to click, oh, I forgot to name my boss. So I'm going to move the vars layer to the bottom like that. And now my flowers can be in the front. So I'm going to put that flower in place like that. We need to move that flower to over there like that. And this allows, I'd like to be at the back like that. This flower I'd like to turn. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go edit, transform and hit rotate. And then you see that curved arrow on the corner. I'm just going to move with my mouse and turn it round until I've got it in the position I wanted and hit tic checkmark at the top. And there we go. I can move that into place nicely now this flower, I want to be behind the Voss, so I'm going to drag it down so that it's behind the vase. And then I'm just moving that up. And I sort of it's like that. And this I would like to come out of the side like this, but it's the wrong way round. So I'm going to go edit, transform. And I'm going to go flip horizontal. And I'm going to go again, edit, transform and rotate slowly going to rotate that into position. If my checkmark over there, and I think I want this to be behind The Blue Flower. No, change my mind. I think I'm going to put it on this side, so I'm going to go edit trumps form, horizontal. I navigate to move that over there, and I wanted to be behind. So I'm going to click my berries and bring them behind that flower like that over there. Now, I've decided that I would like to have it move that down a little bit like that and weave that are known like that. I've decided that I would like to have another flower. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on this and we're gonna go to edit, copy, edit, paste. And I'm going to switch it ground by going edit transform, flip horizontal. And I'm going to move that flower into place like that over there. And I want that voucher to go to the bank to move that down. And I'm going to put that light behind like they're hit. So the bat flower sits at the back like that. Just think I'm going to bring those up a little bit. Maybe I want to put my berries down like that. And I might, Yeah, I think I might bring that up just a little bit more like that. And I wonder if I wanted to try and have another pink flowers and nuga edit, copy, edit, paste. And I think I'll put a pink flower behind that, purple over there like that. And just going to drag that down a little bit like that. And there we go. My golden flower, I think you need to place like that. I want to turn this May 1 be a little bit, so I'm gonna go in a transform, detect, grab it by the corner, click the check mark over there. And there we go. This needs to come forward. Applause needs to go right to the back like that. So I'm just going to move that vase diabetic. And we have got a vase for the flowers ready as a digital illustration. Now, you can go into every single one of these and change color by clicking on the actual layer. And then you just go to image adjustment. And you can adjust your brightness and contrast over there to make your colors a little bit brighter if you want. I'm not so crazy about what's going on with this blue flowers. I'm going to click on this. And I'm just going to outline it again with my cursor and my selection tool like this. And I'm going to go around like that, changing it a little bit like that. And I'm going to go edit, cut, edit, paste. And I'm going to move it out. 14. Thanks and Hope to See You Again Soon!: Thank you so much for joining me on the skill share creative journey. I hope you've enjoyed working through the videos as much as I've enjoyed making. And for you. Don't forget if you have any questions, drop me a message and all of the info is available in the class notes in case you need to go back and look for something. Hope to see you on skill share again soon.