Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Inspired by Nature Collages

My Inspired by Nature on-line class is finished now, but I have done a couple more paper collages using my painted and gelli printed papers.

Banksia Collage

The above collage is of a Banksia Ericifolia that we have growing in our backyard. I was happy with it until by chance I changed the photo to black and white and realised that I don't have enough value contrast in it. I should have thought of that before I glued it down!

The next collage is of a Grevillea that we also have growing.

Grevillea Collage
I actually had fun making them, but it almost almost seems like I am playing around and not getting anywhere with some new work.

I made myself try out a collage in fabric. I have been painting and gelli printing fabric as well as paper and have never tried to use it.

I decided to use a paper collage that I had already made as a starting point.

Paper collage of gum leaves.

I made it bigger than the paper collage, the fabric one is about A4 size.

Fabric Collage
I enjoyed making it and I really like using my painted and gelli printed fabrics. They almost seem a bit like watercolour to me. I don't know if it was a fluke, but they didn't fray on the edges. Maybe the paint sealed the edges?

That gives me inspiration to keep going and try doing some new work using fabric that I have created. It's a shame that it is winter here now and not so convenient to paint fabrics. Still, I have a couple of ideas running around my head!

Bye for now,


Magpie's Mumblings said...

You've reminded me that I need to play about with some shaving cream dyeing again. I like the effect I get with it for use as winter skies in my landscapes. Messy to do, but I like the end result. I like your fabric collage version - very subtle colours.

Robbie said...

I love those gum leaves!!!! We had to make two quilts years back for an exchange with ladies in Australia (Dijanne Cevall's group) and I did a gum tree...loved the leaves. Your colors are beautiful and your paper collages are wonderful!!!

Linda Steele said...

I've never tried the shaving dream technique, but whenever I see it, I feel inspired to do it. Thanks for the reminder, Magpie Mumblings

Linda Steele said...

I love the gum leaves too, Robbie. Dijanne Cevall is the master of printing Australian leaves, flowers and pods.