This week’s market for the Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells class was Wall Art.  It was a great assignment for a lot of reasons.  This week she had us really limit our color pallet which was a great exercise for me given that I tend to go for a lot of colors.  It really helped me focus in on all the variations in each color and find ones that worked.  Also, we worked in collage!  This was of course a nice “break” for me as that is my medium of choice.  So it made for a simpler week – definitely well within my comfort zone.  That being said, I did try to stretch my wings both in the color limitations, adding words and working in “abstract” forms – not really my M.O.  I was really pleased with how smoothly things flowed this week and I had a lot of fun doing it.  I found that I wasn’t stressed about the outcome and gave myself permission to just let go and see what turned up.  It was nice and I think the final piece reflects that process.

Speaking of process… I tried to take some process pictures this week.  As you’ll see, I was better about it at the beginning and sort of got wrapped up in the process later on and forgot to document!  Ooops!  But at least you can see how I started…. lots of layers, as always:


I started by gluing down scraps of these awesome old prescriptions (hand-written) that I got from a friend whose father was a pharmacist at an old compounding pharmacy way back in the day.  So crazy!  Fun to see what was being prescribed back then.  Woah…Paper_CloseUp

Then I added some vintage sewing patterns over top.  I love the texture that tissue paper adds to a collage.



Next I added a few splashes of paint here and there and covered the whole thing with a thin coat of gesso.


I started adding some more color with fluid acrylics and letting them dribble down the canvas.  And sadly, this is where my documentation ended.  Shoot!  Sorry guys!  I guess I just get so caught up in the process that I dropped my photographing progress.  Ahh well.  It’s a glimpse into the madness.  🙂

Anyway, some magic happened, lots of glue was used, my fingers got messy and I had a blast.   And…VOILA!  Here’s the final piece:


I’d love to hear what you think.  As I said, while collage is my medium, this is not my typical style.  So I’m branching out and interested in feedback – positive or critical.  I can take it!  Thanks!

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