Video Archive: Creative Collage and Painting with Lynn Stender, 3 parts


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Exploring the Exciting Art Form of Collage!

Please join Lynn for these three classes where she will teach the endless possibilities of creating collages with papers, fabrics, photos, fibers, acrylic paint, oil pastels, ink pens, pencils, recycling old paintings, and much more! The possibilities are endless.

Lynn will explain the process of this unique and personal art form . Together you will  work on different supports, i.e.: canvas, board, wood and paper!  Some will want to do pure collage, while others will want to combine their collages with acrylic paints and/or pen and ink drawing.  Be as creative as you dare.  (See materials list below.)

Collage (from the French: coller, “to glue” or “to stick together”) is a technique of art creation by which art results from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. In the 20th century collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

Get ready to create personal masterpieces like the ones pictured below!

The NY Times recently ran a fascinating article about “sizzors and glue, Collage” and how mixed media is so very popular now…It actually talks about Picasso and Braque as two artists who did the first collages in the Cubist era, around 1912. Those two paintings are in the Peggy Guggenheim museum in Venice, hanging right next to each other, as they were good friends.  We encourage you to read it:  An Art Revolution, Made With Scissors and Glue.

Collage Workshop Supply List
Instructor: Lynn Travis Stender   

I will introduce the History of Collage and demonstrate the creating process, which is endless…Each week my demo will focus on using a different support and materials….So start collecting found items in your home…

Week #1.  Papers and paint collage on Canvas
Week #2.  Papers, Paint, stencils, collage on foam core board
Week #3.  Fabric, papers, fibers collage on Wood 
  1. Support (what we will build a collage on) Canvas (I will be teaching the first class on a canvas, 12 x 12 square. ( Whatever size canvas you have is fine.)
    I will be using board (foam core) and wood panel for the following weeks. 
  2. Supplies, acrylic paint, (white) and any other colors you have on hand,  scissors, sponge applicators, or one inch old paint brush for applying glue, scraping tool; palette knife, Water container, paper towels or old paint rags and disposable gloves. The other supplies you can use will be Oil pastel sticks, ink pens, watercolor pencils, charcoal pencils, markers.  (I will show you how to incorporate these supplies if you have them on hand)  
  3. Collage materials, papers, (magazines, sheet music, maps, tissue papers, paper napkins, hand made papers (rice papers) stencils, wrapping papers, ticket stubs, receipts, stamps) 
  4. Photos  If you would like to put photos in your collage you need to make a copy of your photographs. Do not use an original photo. (I go to kinkos or use a printer and have several photos on a sheet printed, and I can tear them up easily.)  Also you can make copies of your own artwork to tear as some papers are two thick to glue on the surface.    
  5. Fibers and Fabrics    Collect small pieces of fabrics, strings, ribbons  
  6. GLUE
    Keep your collages from peeling and fading: Properly glue down and seal your mixed-media work with a quality acrylic medium. A necessary substance for collage making, medium is an adhesive that goes on semiopaque but dries clear. Mediums are breathable, permanent, and protect against UV damage and discoloration. Used as a glue, they ensure your materials will stick and stay. Used as a top coat, they unify your work’s surface and ensure that your collage will be long-lasting. Available in many forms and volumes, there are a variety of collage mediums to choose from. To make sure you pick well, browse the selection of the best options below.

1. Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer


Mod Podge’s matte sealant is a classic choice. All-in-one mediums are our favorite option for collaging, because you can stick individual materials down and then go over the whole surface with one layer. Water-based and nontoxic, this trusted product comes in sizes ranging from 4 to 128 ounces. Easily apply coats with a brush or sponge and wait only 15 to 20 minutes for each coat to dry clear. This medium is strong enough that you can sand the surface for a smoother finish.

2. Liquitex Professional Matte Fluid Medium


This matte fluid medium is another all-in-one option. Available in bottles ranging from 4 to 128 ounces, this lightweight and nontoxic medium goes on opaque and dries translucent. Mix it with acrylic colors to achieve more blendable paint consistency. With a creamy texture and fast dry time, this is another one of our top medium choices. 

From Lynn:

I just got this diptych (bottom) into a gallery. I used nautical charts…for boating. The charts are from Newport to Florida…I had a lot of fun with this.  The one above is my daughter Lauren’s that I took from her studio in NY, rolled it up and brought it home and had it mounted on linen.

Lauren’s collage made from materials collected in Venice.