Be warned this is a photo heavy post as I actually remembered to take photos as I went along!
This all started whilst sat in the cafe at our local sainsburys (where the staff think my friends and I spend all our time to the extent that they have threatened to get us uniforms!). As I was on my own this particular day and enjoying a bacon buttie and coffee I was also sketching. I’ve been doing this a lot recently. Sketching for papercut pictures or just randomly sketching. I use photos as my base idea and in this case I used a photo I took of some flowers in my garden a few weeks ago.
Whilst I was sketching it an idea formed in my head that this would make a nice collage piece. Now given I have never done any collage before I was a little ambitious in my design maybe and also the size of canvas I went for… But hey it’s all in the name of art and learning!
So I got home, and as it was nice and sunny decided to set up on a table in the shade outside in the garden. I drew a rough sketch of the sketch straight onto a large canvas and grabbed my supplies.
I always use cheap brushes and an old children’s plate as my palette … Keeps me real! I started with the flowers and added block colour to them in a nice vibrant pink.
Next I added the colour to the leaves. I did try for differing green colours to differentiate them a little more.
Then I turned to black for the background as I thought it needed something dramatic.
I also added some more colour to the flowers to add depth to give me an idea of where to go with the paper.
Now that all went out the window of course when I grabbed my scrap paper. I had very little choice in the green and pink department and of course that was what I needed! So as opposed to using the papers to cut small pieces and try and show the light and dark and detail of the flowers, I went for block cutting to provide some texture and pattern.
At this point I hated it! What on earth would I do with this? So I decided paint was the answer.
I went over the painting and added the paint back in, I kept the coverage light to show some of the patterned paper through, but harmonized it bit so it wasn’t so patchworky!
Next I grabbed a finer brush and the black paint and redefined the edges of the flowers and leaves and added some detail lines. At this point it was time to call it a day so I hung it temporarily on the garden fence!
I did ask my dear raggy doll sisters for advice … The suggestion was to soften it and maybe try more blending. So this was the next step on the next day!
Unfortunately at this point heavy handiness came into play and the whole canvas got a wash of white acrylic which I did try and wipe off. The resulting mess meant I ended up repainting quite a lot back onto the flowers and leaves and blended a lot more. I then repainted the black parts on the edges … Bleurgh! This was my general feeling!
I really wasn’t sure what to do next so I just walked away from it. I think stencils and stuff may have to come into play to rescue the thing from me hating it! Want to start something different … As in a whole coat of gesso and then start again … but at the same time determined to make something I like out of this!
Wonder what will happen next with this art from my garden?
Now I realise I am not sharing with you a finished project or anything I am even vaguely happy with … This is to show that I am very much a beginner in the world of art, and also to help people appreciate the talent of those who can pull off this style of work. I will come back to this at some point … But for now it will sit in the craft room and be glowered at every so often.