Wall Art {MATS Week 04}


I was about to post about Week 5 of Make Art That Sells, but I realized I never posted about Week 4 - Doh! So here we go - Week 4 focused on the Wall Art market.

Admittedly, I never really considered wall art for my illustration. Which is strange, considering my walls are covered in other people's work!

Lilla was really pushing us for the wall art challenge. Initially, she assigned us different color combos depending on our zodiac sign. As a Pisces, I got pink and purple. Oh, yuck. I love pink...and I love purple...but together?!? Ugh. Maybe it's because we have a 5-year old girly girl who is obsessed with princesses and unicorns and her entire room and wardrobe is plastered with the combo. Oh well - it's all about being challenged, right?

Then we were asked to collect flat-ish items in that color scheme. Papers, magazine clippings, ribbon, fabric, buttons, etc. Well, this proved to be a challenge, as well! I have plenty of fabric and ribbons, but my collection ended there. Until I wen't into Stella's art supply box, that is - pom poms! pipe cleaners! beads! feathers! Finally I was getting somewhere.

I had an inkling, but I was curious where this assignment was going to go. Sure enough. We received our main assignment, and there it was - a collage utilizing our collected items. We were also encouraged to paint, incorporate some floral imagery and a quote or words. My heart stopped. I can paint, and flowers and words are cool, but collage? It has been a LONG time since I've collaged anything. Much less using those crazy items I found in Stella's art box. But emily - this is the point, right? To push me out of my comfort zone, right? I was going to tackle this project head on.

First up, though, I had to re-think my pink and purple items. I really wasn't feeling them. They were way too "crafty" for my taste. So I decided to make my own patterned paper.

I laid out some dark purple washes and collected some items that I could use as stamps. Utilizing my screen printing ink, I stamped all over the papers to create some funky patterns. Here are some close-ups:

And all of them:

Now I was getting somewhere. I was feeling more comfortable with this project, now that I had some materials that were more "me".

Now onto the collage. This ended up being another learning moment. I realized it was totally against my nature to just "go for it" and start "slapping paint" on the canvas. Apparently I'm way more anal than I thought! I needed a plan. So I drew sketch upon sketch of possible compositions. Finally I got two that I thought I could work with:

I'm not typically super flowery, so I decided to go back so some of my pod drawings from Week 2. The lines on the sketches represented strips of paper collaged together as one solid element. Then I started cutting.

I had another realization as I was amidst gluing and painting : The permanence of collaging was freaking. me. out. I didn't have the option to Command-Z (undo), so once I stuck it down, it was practically final! And, the mess I created totally stressed me out as well. Man, I have to learn to loosen up! :-/

Working on 8x8 boards, I finally finished my pieces.

Even though my pieces ended up looking pretty different from everyone else's, I am happy with them and feel they reflect me fairy well, even though this was by far, the toughest assignment thus far.

A few of my classmates started mocking up rooms where their collages would live, so I thought that would be fun to visualize, as well. Even though I was targeting a young woman with these pieces, I immediately thought it could look cool in a funky girl's room.

I think it works, right?

My takeaway - even though I probably won't work in collage much in the future, I learned a few things. 1) I need to loosen up. I'm going to try to do some pieces just for fun when anything goes. It will be good for my soul. 2) I really like painting on wood and Kraft paper.  3) If all else fails, make your own paper! It was a lot of fun, and totally unique.

And I know I've said it before, but my classmates rock! They are uber talented! If you're interested in checking out their interpretations of the assignment, you can find them here, here, here, here, here and here.

Thanks for stopping by!