Thursday, April 5, 2012

Playing With Ink and Collage, Jane Davies Style

There are some wonderful collage and mixed media books available these days. One of my current favorites is Jane Davies Collage Journeys. She has a great website where she posts videos and free tutorials. Last weekend I watched her Playing With Ink series of tutorials and was inspired to get out my inks and paints and play around. The basic idea is to paint and draw on cheap paper that you then cut up and use in collage. So fun!!






This is definitely an enjoyable way to incorporate expressive line and shape into abstract compositions. Since I've returned to doing more art in this past year, I've been somewhat timid in my work at times.  As I was doing these paintings, I felt freer in my painting than I have in a long time, so this was a good exercise for me.

28 comments:

  1. Very nice! I like this very much. You've inspired me to do some collage and other. Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF and have a wonderful Easter.

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  2. Loving the freedom of your collage. Happy PPF and have a blessed Easter, Annette x

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  3. I really like these pieces. There is something of the colours and layout that reminds me of something that I can't just put my finger on but I think they look brilliant!

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  4. That bottom one is looking spectacular... love the feel of it... thanks for sharing... I am going to go and check out the website...hope you have a happy and safe Easter ...xx

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  5. Nice work...loving the colors and how you arranged your paintings. I've always wanted to learn more about collage. I will check out your link, thank you! Happy Easter weekend! :)

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  6. OOOOOOh! Love the playfulness of your collage ~ colorful and textured and depth also ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  7. lovely abstracts and a wonderful idea, maybe I could learn abstract this way!

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  8. Wonderful pieces. I especially like the top one, the colors are calling to me. It's fun to play with paints and paper and see where it brings us. Happy PPF!

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  9. Looks like fun! :) I'll have to check her out. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  10. Wonderful, fun pieces! Happy playing and happy PPF!

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  11. Hello Debbie, it's great to let go and have fun, keep on enjoying, playing and having fun!

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  12. These are beautiful, Debbie. it is fun to free up a bit, isn't it :) Happy PPF!

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  13. Lots of fun here.. I love to let go and see where the paint takes me. Happy PPF Thanks for you comment on my blog.

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  14. Very creative collages. They have so much movement and color.

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  15. You have inspired me to begin to begin to collage. My goal is to have more fun when I paint and this may be a way to begin that journey.

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  16. Wonderful! Your artistic freedom shows beautifully in your work!! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Thank you for introducing me to Jane Davies! I'm going to visit her blog and watch the videos. The collages you came up with are great! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  18. these look so amazing!!! great work!!!

    Wishing you and yours a Blessed Easter.....

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  19. those look fun! It can be really hard to loosen up once you get good at something, so good for you!

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  20. These came out great! Very cool fun!!! Deb

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  21. Rhonda @ Roban StudioApril 7, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    I have Jane's book! It's fabulous. Your new pieces are so lively! I like them both very much. I need to revisit her book and get some creative juice on!

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  22. Very cool! Sounds like a great exercise, indeed.

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  23. Love these...especially the first!
    It does look really fun!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  24. Thanks for the inspiration as I´m working on three pieces with phone book papers and I´m totally stucked there.

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    1. Nothing is garbage any more, is it? I look at every scrap of paper before I toss it and consider its collage potential. Good luck with your phone book pieces. I'll be interested to see them.

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  25. i like all 3 very much! keep up the great work!!

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  26. These look amazing. Looks like you are having fun and enjoying yourself. That is how art should be!!

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