Exercise 2.3


As I’ve mentioned before, collage is a really challenging style of making art for me. With this exercise, I chose to work from the same limited paper selection as for the previous exercise. These papers are 12×12″ heavy stock, printed on both sides. 

I laboured for some time over the subject matter that would guide my work in this exercise. After a bit of online searching, I found some simple black and white line drawings that really motivated me to try doing this work. Below are the results. 


This is the original artwork found on the website of carissastanton.co.uk . The illustration is a continuous line drawing but I saw how it could lend to this line style of collage. I lightly drew out the basic shapes of three tiers of waves and then freehand cut the lines of each wave segment using an exacto blade and self healing mat. I was totally unsure as to how this would turn out but I’m pleasantly surprised by the outcome. 

While there are a few funny gaps in the alignment of the rows of waves, I am really happy with the results overall. I built up each row from the bottom up, which required me to cut rows from each segment from the top down and keep each row carefully organized. To accommodate the gaps in the rows of waves, several of the rows I’d cut had to be discarded. I think this composition illustrates waves very clearly and shows movement. I was happy to find a glue pen for the assembly of this piece. 

A3 cartridge paper, double sided scrapbooking paper, adhesive. 

*note – at the beginning of this part of the exercise, I had a small glue explosion. The stickiness created a few difficulties but I think it all turned out ok. 

While deciding how to create my second piece using the same two sheets of cartridge paper taped together to create the A3 size, I looked at the scraps that were on my desk from the first piece. Rather than toss those bits of curved paper into the bin, I opted to give them a new purpose. They were to become the lines for illustrating a botanical image similar to the one shown here which originates from FotoRx on Etsy. 

Given that the paper was double sided, I knew I’d be able to use both sides to  create definition and to clearly depict shapes and outlines. I trimmed many of the strips to length but otherwise used them as they were. 

Moving on to the portion of the work that has the illustration scaled WAY down onto A4 (8.5×11″) and A5 (half a sheet of 8x5x11″ ) cartridge paper. I’m out of time tonight but look forward to resuming the work another night. I intend to work with the double sided paper on coloured cardstock. Super excited to explore those results. 

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