Collage is my go to idea and design tool. I like a few simple line drawings to get down a selection of composition ideas, but collage adds in the shapes, colour, pattern and texture. It’s definitely a make it up as you go along and let’s see what happens medium. I find from this approach the best and freshest composition ideas emerge; it’s as if those simple childhood tools of scissors, paper and glue banish reserve and inhibition, and also simplify, which is something I always aim for in my work.
A mix of collage papers made from digitally manipulated images and overlays of papers photographed and printed out. To these papers I add paint, coloured pencil, screen print and mixed media.
Gathering together some materials to start working on some collages in a new A4 zig zag book, below.
Below, some pages from the book, simple shapes and blocks of complex imagery, open to interpretation in a variety of ways.
Above and below, collaged papers and screen printing over the collage.
Above, ink and cut out digitally manipulated prints from a drawing I made.
Above, a mix of printed digitally manipulated images, painted paper, gold leaf and screen print over the top.
The image above is a combination of digital and cut out paper collage photographed, fiddled with in Photoshop, and printed.
A few pages of the zig zag book. It’s great to work in and stores a lot of ideas for potential work.
More pages and some on going design ideas.
Above, an older collage that inspired the needlepoint below, almost finished, in great need of blocking, so please excuse its parallelogram nature.
I started this one with the intention of it being mostly whites, greys and black, but autumn crept in. It’s a mix of Rowan wool, bamboo yarn and tapestry wool.
Take care everyone.