Video: Collage Making (4)

Video: Collage Making (4)

Dear reader,

 

A week ago, I made a small collage, on the size of a business card. Today I’ll show you the process. The video is about 6 minutes long.

About half of the collage is made of a scrap of collage paper that I made before. I’ll show an image below. You can learn all about making these collage papers (among other things)  in my online course: Collage Making through Free Expression and Intuitive Composition.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Simone Nijboer, Dutch abstract artist, online art teacher, daily painter, creativity accelerator

 

 

And here is the final result again: (you can watch the details of the collage if you click on it).

And this is an image of the collage paper that I used. Can you find what part I used? 😉

 

 

Video Collage making (3)

Video Collage making (3)

Video Tutorial Collage Making 3

Dear reader,

Yesterday I made a small collage. Today I’ll show you the process.

Making a collage in a tiny size is fun! It only takes a little bit of time, and the tiny size creates the possibility to give extra attention to the small details. Try it out on the back of an old business card!

Bye!

Simone

ps: the video is about 8 minutes long, and below the video I’ve put an image of the final result (you can watch the details if you click on it).

Painting on a business card

Painting on a business card

[Video] Painting on a business card

 

The last few days I have been very busy, so today I almost thought: let’s skip my daily painting practice. But then I remembered what I’m ‘preaching’ to others: ‘You can always make something simple on the back of a business card’. And so I took my own advice.

I took out some leftover scraps of a piece of collage paper that I made a while ago. And I took my Molotow marker, fineliner, liquid acrylics, matte medium and crayons.

And I made a small collage. You can watch the process below in the video.

 

The materials that I used are*

  • Molotow marker 4 mm, black
  • Fineliner 0,5 mm, black
  • Golden Liquid Acrylics Black
  • Golden Liquid Acrylics Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
  • Golden Matte Medium
  • Caran d’Ache Neocolor II, White
  • Caran d’Ache Neocolor II, Blue Turquoise

 

Have fun watching!

 

ps:

At this moment, I am in the process of creating an online course about collage making. Take a look here for more information. You can leave your name on the waiting list!

My favorite materials (2) Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons

My favorite materials (2) Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons

My favorite materials (2): Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons

(This post contains affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission if you purchase after using the link. I only write about products that I truly love and use myself. Read everything about them on my disclosure-page).

 

 

One of the things I’m always curious about is what kind of materials other artists use. That’s why I’m writing a series of blog posts about my favorite materials. In a previous post, I wrote about my absolute number one: Golden Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.

In this post, I will write about my number 2: Caran d’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble pastels. I use them all the time, I think in almost every painting or collage that I make.

 

What do I like so much about the Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons?

 

First, I love the smoothness of the crayons. Especially if you heat them with a hairdryer, they give a very thick and creamy line.

Second, they have beautiful and intense colors. Because they are professional quality crayons, they are very highly pigmented. I only use a few colors though, mostly turquoise, orange, yellow and pink. And black and white, of course. The latter are perfect for creating graphic elements in your work. White marks on a black or dark background create a beautiful contrast. And the same is true for black marks on a white background.

Third, I like the ‘roughness’ of the lines. Contrary to for instance acrylic paint markers which give a very straight and ‘artificial’ line, the crayons give a raw and natural line, which I love.

Fourth, because they are water soluble, you can easily mix them with acrylic paint, contrary to for instance oil crayons. At the same time that can be a disadvantage. For example, if you paint with white paint over a layer of crayon, it picks up the pigments of the crayon, which pollutes the whiteness of the paint. To prevent this, you can cover the crayon lines with matte medium, although this again bears the risk of smearing the crayon. That’s why I usually only use the crayons on top of a painting and cover the final layer with spray varnish, to fixate the crayon lines.

You can buy the crayons in boxes, but I would advise buying only the colors you love or use in your work. Otherwise, you will end up with lots of crayons you don’t use, and not having the crayons you want to use. In my case, the turquoise color that I like is not included in a very basic box. On this page you will find a link to a color chart.

 

Have fun using the crayons!

 

Bye!

Simone

Ps: below I post some examples of how I use the crayons in my work.

 

My favorite materials (2): Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons
My favorite materials (2): Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons
My favorite materials (2): Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons
My favorite materials (2): Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons

Video: Collage Making (1)

Video: Collage Making (1)

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Video: Making a collage (1)

 

Collage-making is big fun. I write here about why it is so freeing, and why you can learn so much from it.

In this blog post, I will show you a video of the process of making a piece of postcard-size collage. I used an old business flyer of mine and, since the card gets almost completely covered, it doesn’t matter that there is already something on it. You can use anything as a substrate as long as it is sturdy.

I used scraps of collage paper that I made myself. I’ll show a photo of this piece of paper below the video and a photo of the finished collage, too.

 

Materials

The materials I used are:

 

In this video I use simple paper glue, since my Matte Medium was finished and I had not bought another container yet. The beautiful thing about Matte Medium is that it dries transparently, so you can use it as a top layer that protects the collage and keeps it together beautifully.

 

Have fun watching! And please let me know in the comments about your experience with collage making.

Simone Nijboer, Dutch abstract artist, online art teacher, daily painter, creativity accelerator
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My favorite materials (1): Golden Fluid Acrylics – Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold

My favorite materials (1): Golden Fluid Acrylics – Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold

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Golden Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold

 

One of the most exciting things about painting is getting to know art materials. That’s why I am going to write a whole series of blogposts about the art supplies that I love.

The absolute number one of this list is one specific color in the Golden Fluid Acrylics series. The name of the color is Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold. Because that is such a mouthful, I will refer to it as QNAG.

I have used QNAG on almost every painting that I’ve made since I’ve bought it. If you look at my Daily Painting Blog, you can check this out.

The first thing that is so beautiful about this paint is that it is very highly pigmented. Even though it is fluid, it has the same amount of pigment as the thicker heavy body paint. It is not diluted to make it fluid.

Second, I just love the color, which is a beautiful golden yellow-brown. I always compare the effect of this color with the sunlight at sunset, which gives the world a golden radiance. Everybody looks beautiful in this light!

Below I will describe four different ways that I use this QNAG.

 

Straight out of the bottle

First of all, I use QNAG straight out of the bottle. When I make very simple and quick black & white 5-minute-studies, I add QNAG as a third ingredient. You can see an example below. I think the warm brown color gives the painting depth and contrast. I like the way the painting gets a ‘rusty,’ natural look.

My favorite materials (1): Golden Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold

Making drips by adding water

You can see that the fluid nature of QNAG, as well as the fluid acrylic turquoise used below,  makes it easy to create drips, by using water from a spray bottle.

 

My favorite materials (1): Golden Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold

Painting an underlayer

Third, I very often use QNAG as an underlayer when I paint a more complex painting with many colors. It creates a warm golden first layer, which is very inviting to paint the next coat. Everything looks good on top of this color in my opinion. Warm colors blend in beautifully, and cool colors make a lovely contrast.

In the end, most of the underlayer is covered (see the painting below), but the underlayer stays visible, which gives the painting depth. See, for example, the painting below.

 

My favorite materials (1): Golden Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold

Glazing

The fourth way I use QNAG is ‘glazing,’ which means covering up some of the top layers with transparent paint.In the postcard-sizd painting below I covered some of the greenish color with QNAG. Because QNAG is very transparent, you can still see the painting through it. The green-blue and the QNAG mix to a beautiful green-brownish color. That connects the underlayer and the top layer, which makes a painting ‘come together.’

 

My favorite materials (1): Golden Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold

Let me know!

I hope you will get inspired by this post to paint with QNAG. I absolutely love this paint, although it is expensive.Still, I would advise even if you have a tight budget to buy at least one small bottle of this paint, and try it out. You only use QNAG in very thin layers, and since it is highly pigmented, a bottle lasts a long time. My bottle of 4oz/118 ml lasted a year, and I painted all the year through.

 

I hope you have fun experimenting with QNAG, and let me hear about your experiences below in the comments!

 

Bye,

 

My favorite materials (1): Golden Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold

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