Fact: We are influenced by our surroundings throughout our lives. The landscape or cityscape we grow up in helps to make us who we are, and may make an appearance (both subtle and obvious) in our art. Creating collage designs that reflect this is a natural way to pay homage to those influences. My early collage story would include a creek, a secret hideout in the woods, a garden that spanned what seemed like a mile, and one of my favorite visual memories of nature: shadows of clouds and large birds sailing across the grass of our backyard.
Roxanne Evans Stout speaks to creating collage designs based on memories and more in her new book, Storytelling With Collage: Techniques for Layering Color and Texture. (This book is included in a special Mixed-Media Storytelling Book Collection. Scroll down for more info, including how you can WIN this collection!). Today’s inspiration comes from Roxanne, and speaks to the artist that’s inside of each of us.
Note to Self by Roxanne Evans Stout
“There has always been an artist inside of me. I think there is an artist in all of us, just waiting to find a chance to be discovered. The artist who plays with vases or glass bottles on a windowsill, the artist who buys that unusual scarf or tablecloth and hangs it on a wall or drapes it across a table, or the artist who writes poems about the first day of spring or lists about the flowers in a garden. The artist who collects sticks and stones and loves them as much as a piece of jewelry or a beautiful ring.
“Some of us have already discovered the artist inside ourselves and embraced him or her. We joyfully spend moment after moment playing with line and color and design, we love our art tools and are always on the lookout for a new way to express ourselves. We stitch and mold and carve and build layer upon layer. We embrace the happy surprises that happen on a journal page or canvas. And we joyfully create.”
Roxanne goes on to assign us with a task: Share how your home (think land/city/surrounding area) has contributed to who you are today. Share your response in the comments section of this blog post, and then think about how you can apply this knowledge to your collage designs to tell your story. We’ll choose one lucky winner* from those who respond, who will receive the Mixed-Media Storytelling Book Collection.)
For three amazing resources on creating personal and creative collage designs, check out the Mixed-Media Storytelling Book Collection, featuring:
• Storytelling With Collage: Techniques for Layering Color and Texture
• Mixed Media Handbook: Exploring Materials and Techniques
• Incite 3, The Best of Mixed Media: The Art of Storytelling
Use these books to give your inner artist the voice to sing your stories out loud.
Be the artist you are,
*Winner will be chosen Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Must be a U.S. resident to win, due to international contest rules and regulations.
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