Monday, 25 March 2019

How to Collage in a Colouring Book - Part 5

These blog posts will be put up in real time, day to day. I have little idea how this image will end up so we can find out together!
You can see Part 1 - here. - getting set up
You can see Part 2 - here. - starting the background
You can see Part 3 - here - dark flowers
You can see Part 4 - here - more flowers


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Book - Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer
Image - the Poinsettias

Day 5 - finish the flowers and stems

For the stems I used Tombow pens 027 and 098 - olive colours that wouldn't contrast too much with the background.
The centres of the flowers were done in pens mostly too, with a touch of dark blue.





Day 5 - finishing off

Firstly I did the leaves. There are just a few and I was after a dark olive green. I found it in an advert for a green velvet quilt cover. Here are the papers I chose for the dragonfly and and the leaves. The dragonfly is done in a photo of a tie, a cosmetic bottle and a pink diamond.




Leaves were done, then I filled in the rest of the background and finally the dragonfly. I decided to make the dragonfly blend in so I used similar colours to the flowers. This image isn't about the dragonfly but about the poinsettias.

All finished - 




I hope you enjoyed that. I'd love to hear any tips or suggestions you have for me.

I'm now over halfway through this book. I started out in pencils and pens, then switched to collage.
You can see the flip through video here - 





Since this flip through I've done these images. I think my collaging is slowly improving. Each image is a whole new challenge.

Black-eyed Susans


Daffodils

Daffodils

Cyclamen

Trumpet Vine

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Friday, 22 March 2019

How to Collage in a Colouring Book - Part 4

These blog posts will be put up in real time, day to day. I have little idea how this image will end up so we can find out together!
You can see Part 1 - here. - getting set up
You can see Part 2 - here. - starting the background
You can see Part 3 - here - dark flowers
You can see Part 5 - here - more flowers and finishing off.


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Book - Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer
Image - the Poinsettias

Day 4 - more flowers

I've decided that the spot where the dragonfly is will be the light source, so today I started using many different papers on the lightest flowers closest to there.

Here are some of the papers I used - a painting from an art auction catalogue, an advert for a new geranium, a Gordon Harris sale postcard,  and I made my own paper with pastels because I wanted some lighter paper with some yellow in it. Generally I'm hopeless at making my own papers. I don't have watercolour or acrylic paint skills at all. But I have discovered that pastels give me a good look and I just have to spray over a fixative and then the paper is good to use.




I started with the flower closest to the dragonfly, using my lightest papers. I really wasn't sure if this was going to work, and I'm still a bit uncertain. The good thing about working with papers is that if I don't like it, I can go back to my master copy, take another copy and repeat the process with different paper over the top. Easy!

So this is just the same process now as colouring - being aware of your light source and where you want to use darker and lighter colours or more texture. Tomorrow I should finish the flowers and then get back to the background, and make a decision about leaves. I haven't even thought about the dragonfly yet and I have a feeling that is going to be a difficult decision - pens or collage!

Here's progress today. Hope you like it -




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Thursday, 21 March 2019

How to Collage in a Colouring Book - Part 3

These blog posts will be put up in real time, day to day. I have little idea how this image will end up so we can find out together!
You can see Part 1 - here. - getting set up
You can see Part 2 - here. - starting the background
You can see Part 4 - here - more flowers
You can see Part 5 - here - finishing off

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Book - Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer
Image - the Poinsettias

Day 3 - the flowers

Today I did the two bottom flowers which I wanted to be quite dark.

Here are the papers I chose to work with and I'm thrilled with them. As I know I'll use these papers again, I photocopied them. The photocopy paper is much easier to work with. Yesterday's yellow background paper was from a magazine like Women's Day and the paper was very thin and prone to ripping.

The main paper is from a Barossa Valley red wine advert; what looks like a satin fabric.
The lighter, more orangey red is from cooking magazine and is a delicious looking drink! I used that for the centres of the flowers.




So here is today's result. It was quite straightforward today as the petals weren't too small and fiddly. There are still parts of this image that I don't know yet how to collage. Time will tell.


Tomorrow I'll change papers and do the lighter flower on the right and maybe another darker flower.
See you tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

How to Use Collage in a Colouring Book - Part 2

These blog posts will be put up in real time, day to day. I have little idea how this image will end up so we can find out together!
You can see Part 1 - here. Getting set up.
You can see Part 3 here. - the darker flowers
You can see Part 4 here - more flowers
You can see Part 5 - here - finishing off


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Book - Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer - review here.
Image - the Poinsettia

Yesterday I showed you how to get together the equipment you need, we looked at my chosen papers and I prepared the image for collaging.
Today we get down to the nitty-gritty. Remember, if you can cut out paper, you can collage.


I decided to start with the background, at the bottom left corner. Most of the bottom of the page will be darker red flowers so I decided to use the darker parts of my background paper. I'm using the background of a Palmolive advert. 
I cut out the piece from one of my copies, then I hold it in place as a template against my chosen paper. A paper clip can help here if the piece is large. 




After cutting around the template, I go to the book and draw around the inside of the piece with a black pen. That way, if I've cut my paper a bit short, it won't be so obvious. With the tweezers to help position the piece, I glue it and paste it on the image.




Some of the segments have little bumpy bits on the branches. These would be fiddly to cut around so I paste the paper over them, then cut them out from the template. Using the master copy I know where to glue them back in over the paper. I'll probably be colouring them and the branches in with pens.




The process is really as simple as that. The decisions about what coloured papers to use are the same as you'd make if you were colouring the image with pens or pencils.
Yesterday I mentioned that I was keen to use some blonde hair for the background, but it turned out to be too linear and didn't look right. The great thing about collage is that you can change your mind - just paste a different paper over the top!

I tried to lighten the background as I moved up towards the dragonfly. The outside background is done and now I'm going to start on the flowers. This is partly because I'm not sure how I'll colour the inner background. I need to see some flowers done first.

So this is where I'm up to today. The bright Post-it arrows identify what will be dark and light coloured flowers.




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