I did it you guys!  I have been talking about it for a long time now and I finally did it.  I made my first ever YouTube video.

It’s a timelapse video of a collage I did of my Grandma from start to finish.  I have been thinking about doing this for a long time because people often tell me that they think my artwork is a painting until they see it up close.  Once I explain that it’s a collage made mostly from paper many people react by saying, “Ah, so you are painting with paper!”  Yep, that’s what I do.  So I thought if I showed you the process it would be easier to understand.  I have added a Technique page to this website where that video will live.  But here it is for your viewing pleasure…



I think the reason this idea finally came to fruition is that I felt especially inspired to do a portrait of my grandmother since she passed away in July this year.  She was also a collage artist and the one who inspired me to try making my first collage way back in middle school.  She was my hero for so many reasons, so this was a really beautiful way to spend lots of time thinking about and honoring her life and spirit.  What a beautiful soul.


I really LOVE doing portraits – especially of people I know and love.  There’s something about spending that much time thinking about them and studying their every feature and nuance that feels so loving – nurturing in a way.  It’s a way for me to honor that person by focusing my creative energy on them for a long stretch of time.  It’s kind of like Reiki through glue.  🙂


This piece took about 8 hours to complete.  It’s done on an 8″x8″ canvas.  I started by gluing down a photo of my grandma and then using gesso over that image.  It helps me get the proportions lined up the way I want.  Sometimes I like to include a little piece of ephemera from that person’s life.  It may get completely covered, but I know it’s in there.  I like to embed the portrait with a little bit of the person’s actual energy – like a foundation to build on.  From there I sketch out some of the prominent features and start adding the collage over top.  It’s tedious, but I love it.


Adding the documentation part was an interesting twist.  I learned a lot about recording myself, iMovie and YouTube in the process.  I totally got a kick out of how many YouTube tutorials on iMovie were done by children (like in the 8-12 year old range).  Love how much technology is second nature to these kids (and I’m only in my 30s!).


Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!



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