Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Zing!
Collage on mat board 8 X 8

I've finally returned to my blog after a wonderful collage workshop and following that, a bout of shingles. (Yes, I had the old shot, it's only 30% effective). The workshop was taught by Kathleen Conover, an artist who splits her time between Michigan and Florida. She also teaches watercolor workshops so I would like to take more classes from her. Workshops give an artist a period of 3 days to a week to concentrate on their art and to stretch their creative spirit to learn some new techniques and to practice and share the old ones. 
Kathleen uses all papers that she has painted herself and does not use magazine images. She will use her own photograph which she will often distress and alter somewhat with paint. Our first day was spent making paper, then we cut our papers in half and shared with the others in class. That way we got a good variety of paper. The craft tissue we used was coated with a mixture of acrylic paint and matte medium. We planned our collages and fixed the tissue to mat board with thinned matte medium. Zing! is the first collage I finished on the second day made with the papers we made the first day. 

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.