The Joy of Collage Making

 

 

 

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DO YOU WANT TO PAINT – BUT NEVER FIND THE TIME?

 

Start painting daily!

Making art on a daily basis is one of the most beautiful things you can do. If you paint daily -or regularly-, you really get into the flow of painting, instead of staying in a cycle of starting and stopping again.

 

Focus on the process, instead of the product!

If you paint daily, you start to care less about the final paintings that you make. Because you are making so many paintings, you don’t get so attached to the results. If you make something that you don’t like, you don’t worry, because tomorrow there is another day. Daily painting enables you to start focusing on the process, instead of on the product, which is so much more fun, and you learn so much more along the way.

 

Daily painting = inviting creativity in your everyday life

By painting daily, you invite creativity in your everyday life. That not only makes for beautiful paintings, but also has a silent but unmistakable power to change your life from the inside out. Creating on a regular basis grows your resilience, resourcefulness and joy in life, and it helps you to get out of your head and into the Now.

 

How do you start  painting on a daily basis?

Unfortunatily, daily painting costs time! You have to prepare your studio, get out your painting supplies, clean up afterward, and take care of your brushes. If you don’t have tons of spare time every day, you might not even start.

 

Start making collages!

Here is where collage-making comes in: a beautiful and easy way to unleash your creativity and make art on a daily basis.

 

WHAT THIS COURSE IS ALL ABOUT

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Collage making is a very intuitive and liberating process

The secret behind that is that you divide the painting process in two. First, you make your collage paper and second, you make your collage.

 

Making the collage paper

What do I mean by that? Well, the collage paper is a painted piece of paper that you tear or cut up for later use in your collage.

By making your collage paper you can freely express yourself, try out all kinds of mark making techniques and experiment with shapes, colors, and value.

Because you don’t think about making a final product yet you can feel free as a bird, and try whatever you want.

For making this piece of collage paper, you pull out all of your paint and use your brushes and all of your mark making tools, which takes some time. So you can make your collage papers at moments that you have some time on your hands.

 

Making the collage

A collage, on the other hand, is a piece of cardboard or other sturdy material, on which you mount pieces of collage paper, and combine this with paint and mark making tools if desired.

A collage can be made relatively quickly. Since you already have put an effort into making beautiful collage paper, you already have some great basic material to start with.

I often don’t use brushes for making my collage but, instead, use only my fingers. Then I just have to wash the glue and the paint off my fingers, and I’m ready to move on with my day.

 

Make compositions in a very easy way

The other thing that I love about collage making is that it helps you to experiment with composition in a very easy and natural way.

When you make your collage paper, you don’t worry about composition at all. You are free to paint whatever you like.

Once you start making your final collage, you can play with how the different visual elements relate to each other. You do this playing with composition very intuitively, not from theory.

And by playing a lot, you learn what kind of compositions you like. Slowly you develop your artistic eye and your ability to make beautiful compositions that carry your very personal signature.

 

 

For several years I have dreamed about painting – or more exactly – to make pictures in an unpretentious manner. Without a lot of theory and lessons how to do it «right».

Simones videos about collage making is just «IT»; very inspiring and easily explained how to make art in an intuitive, creative, effortless and playful way.

This is so exciting! 🙂.

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FOR WHOM IS THIS COURSE?

This course is for you if:

  • You have never painted before, and don’t know how to start
  • You have painted realistically, but want to start making abstract art
  • You are already making abstract art, but you feel stuck, uninspired or blocked
  • You don’t have much time or space to create, and you are looking for ways of incorporating making art in your life.
  • You want to establish a regular painting practice, and find it difficult to do that with the way you paint right now.

 

I have painted for many years and tried abstracting my work to do non objective art but I just found it so hard to jump off into that abyss.

Simone`s techniques made it so easy and fun.

I love her enthusiasm and her real efforts to help you understand exactly why she is doing something.

It is a very intensive and detailed program so it does take time to go through it but well worth the effort.

After studying painting for twenty years I had lost my joy of “painting like a child”.

The course has opened up a whole new understanding and allowed me to love painting again!

Sue Gunther

THE COURSE CONTENT

Take a quick look at the course page here

MODULE 1

In module 1, I’ll introduce the materials and tools that you need, and give you a detailed shopping list. This shopping list will be quite short since you don’t need a lot of expensive materials to make art.

You can check out the first (free) module of the course. There you’ll find a list of materials.


MODULE 2

In the second module, I will show you the complete process of making a piece of collage paper. This is a long module, with four videos, and a fifth one in which I’ll analyze the collage paper. It is meant to give an introduction to how you can work freely and without restraints. There is no assignment in this second module.


 

From module 3 to module 8 I will introduce you to six visual elements that are important in making art. They are Color, Value, Marks & Lines, Shapes & Images, Texture, and Depth.

In every module, you will get an assignment designed to give you the chance to play and experiment with that particular visual element. This way you will gain experience with each visual element separately. This will make it easier to combine all those visual elements when you are making your collage paper, and also when you’re creating collages.

 


 

MODULE 3

Module 3 will be about the first visual element: Color. In this module, I will show you how you can mix a whole lot of colors while using only three basic colors, along with black and white. I love to get a lot out of very few ingredients, and only using three colors plus black and white has the side-effect that it will be easier to create harmony in your collages since you use only a few pigments.


MODULE 4

The topic of module 4 is Value. Value is about how dark or how light a color is. Of course, black is the darkest color, and white is the lightest, but all colors have a value, and it’s interesting to take a look at how the different values play a role in your collages. Value is a topic that is often overlooked, while it is essential for how you experience a work of art.


MODULE 5

Module 5 is about Lines & Marks. The fun thing about making abstract art is that you can be completely free in everything, and making lines and marks is one of the most exciting parts of it. Remember when you were a small kid? The first thing that you did with a pencil in your hand was scratching. When we make lines and marks, we can experience the wonder and excitement of making those first marks again, and retrieve something of that free playfulness that might have gotten lost when you were growing up.


MODULE 6

Module 6 is about Shapes & Images. Shapes literally shape your collage, and there are many ways of making them. You can draw them, paint them, cut them, tear them, stencil them, stamp them, etcetera. In this module, you will get ideas about how you can create shapes that you love. Images are a particular kind of shape; they seem to carry more ‘meaning.’ There are of course very ancient images, for instance, the infinity sign or other symbols. But you can also create your own images, and even use very realistic images like plants, trees, faces, humans, or whatever else you like. There are no rules in this, and even if you are really an abstract art lover, you can still integrate realistic elements into your work.


MODULE 7

The topic of module 7 is Texture. Texture is about the surface of the collage. Is it smooth, or is it rough? Can you feel it with your fingers? You can make texture for instance with wrinkled paper, with different layers of collage paper, and you can scratch with your knife in wet paint and make carvings in your collage. But you can also suggest texture, for instance by dry brushing your paint or using spraypaint. The possibilities for creating an exciting texture are endless.


MODULE 8

Module 8 is about Depth. Depth means that your painting is not flat, but on the contrary gives the impression of space. You can ‘walk into it,’ so to speak. There are different layers, and some layers hide or veil something that is underneath, which makes you curious about what stays invisible. Depth gives mystery and interest to your collage. There are many ways to create depth, for instance by using opaque versus transparent paint, by veiling, by glazing, by layering and more. Module 8 will be all about that.


MODULE 9

Module 9 will be all about creating your own collage paper. Now you have an overview of all the different visual elements, and you have played and experimented with each one, the time has come to combine all the visual elements in your own collage paper. This collage paper will be the basis for the collages that you are going to make in module 10.


MODULE 10

Module 10 is a very large module. I will show the making of a whole bunch collages from start to finish, which will give you an idea of how a collage-making process could go. Of course, your own collage making process will be your own, since you are a different person, with your own taste, your own movements, and your own inspiration.

But the main thing that I want to show is that you can let the collage unfold as it wants to, to trust the process, and allow everything to happen instead of trying to control your collage. Your inner artist is wise and will show you the way. Of course, the most important part of this module is the assignment: start making collages yourself.


MODULE 11

Module 11 is about analyzing your collage. This is a tricky lesson, and I did not include it in module 10 on purpose. I deeply believe that you have to give yourself complete freedom while making your collage, and never judge or criticize yourself. Making collages is pure play, pure joy. There are no standards that you have to live up to. Analyzing it too soon can get you in your head and spoil the freedom and playfulness that make creating abstract art so much fun.

Nevertheless, after you have finished your collage, you can take a fresh look at it, and analyze what is going on. Here, composition comes into play. You can ask yourself: is your composition balanced, harmonious? Or does it contains a lot of contrast? How did you use the different visual elements? Does it make you happy or excited? Does it touch you? Or does it make you bored or leave you unaffected? Taking a second look at your collage will give you the possibility to learn. And subconsciously you will take this with you when making your next collage. This way, your art will grow and mature.


MODULE 12

Module 12 is very practical. It is all about how you can finish your collage and protect it from dust and damage. Also, I’ll explain how you can mount your collage on wood.


 

WHO MADE THIS COURSE (AND WHY?)

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My name is Simone Nijboer

 

I'm a Dutch artist.

Before I turned into a full-time artist, I’ve also been a life coach in private practice for about two decades. I’ve always loved my coaching work. I’m deeply interested in personal growth and spiritual deepening, and in my experience, these are inseparable from unleashing your creativity and making art.

 

A joyful and fulfilling life

Being an artist, I know how fundamental creativity is for living a joyful and fulfilling life. And being a coach, I know how important it is to create from a still and deep place inside of yourself.

The beautiful thing about making art is that it helps you to foster your creativity and at the same time your personal growth and spiritual deepening:

  • Creativity: Making art helps you to express yourself, become playful, find back your inner child, lets you explore all the creative possibilities that you thought impossible.
  • Spiritual deepening: it helps you to become still, get out of your head and into your body, experience that you're one with the fundamental life force that's underneath everything. It invites stillness and depth in your life, from where wisdom, truth, and power can emerge.
  • Personal growth: it makes you resilient and strong. It helps you to find the inner power and trust that you need if you want to make fundamental changes in your life.

 

 

How I started art-making

My personal art journey is long and winded. For many years, I wanted to paint but did not dare to start. When I had gathered enough courage, I started painting, but dropped it again quite soon, since I had lots of insecurities, doubts, and unhelpful thoughts around painting.

 

Daily painting

This all changed when I started painting on a more or less daily basis. I loved it so much! It might sound exaggerated, but I personally feel that daily painting changed my life. Creativity became an indispensable and joyful ingredient of my day, and this joy spread over to the rest of my life.

In a miraculous way, being in touch with my creativity grew my resilience and resourcefulness, and it strengthened my ability to simply enjoy life instead of staying trapped in negative thinking.

 

The Joy of Collage Making

Then I discovered collage making, much to my delight. The moment I started making collages, I found it to be so much easier to sustain my daily painting practice, even in busy times. Making collages happened to be a fantastic counterpart to more time-consuming types of painting.

Because I enjoyed the collage-making process so much, I decided to make an online course about it: ‘The Joy of Collage Making’. I wanted to inspire other people to start making art on a regular basis and in a very intuitive, easy, and light-hearted way. Collage making is the perfect way to do so.

I am a great lover of intuitive painting. But I also developed a more structured approach: The six visual elements. In the online course about collage making, I systematically teach these six visual elements:

  • Marks & lines,
  • Color,
  • Value,
  • Shapes & Images,
  • Texture,
  • Depth.

 

Freedom

I had always loved the freedom and joy that some paintings seem to radiate. And when I started painting, I knew one thing for sure: I wanted to paint in this free, liberating, and intuitive way. From that moment on, I’ve experimented a lot. I was always focussing in the first place on the joy of the process instead of on the outcome of the paintings.

Of course, I didn’t always manage to paint that way. Often I got stuck, harassed by my inner critic, doubting and second-guessing how to proceed in the middle of an ‘ugly’ painting.

But I realized that in the moments I could paint from this free and liberating place, I felt wonderful. I completely lost time and became one with my paintbrushes and painting.

 

Spirituality

These moments ‘in the Now’ lifted me up and helped me to develop the same attitude for the rest of my life. Whenever I felt stuck in my life, often painting helped me to get in the flow again. It brought me back to an attitude of trust, in myself and for the rest of my life. Slowly, making art became a kind of spiritual practice for me. 

 

The Art of Now

That’s when I started to create my second course ‘The Art of Now’. I wanted to show how you can learn to experiment, play, and not worry about the outcome. By letting go of expectations, painting becomes a meditative process.

 

Make Art & Change your Life

More and more, I realized that making art, spirituality and personal growth are interconnected. When you encounter personal issues, your art can help you to break through barriers and get in touch with your natural joyfulness and inner wisdom. That’s why I created the online course ‘Make Art & Change your Life’.

 

ArtSchool

After I created the three courses

I felt that it was time to create my ArtSchool - a membership site for people who want to discover the wonderful world of abstract intuitive painting. 

 

Try it out: one week for free!

With ArtSchool, I wanted to make my courses available for a larger public, and create the possibility to try my courses out for free. That’s why ArtSchool is free for one week.

 

Join me!

If you would like to

  • learn to let go,
  • use your intuition,
  • discover artistic freedom, and
  • make paintings that you love,

join Artschool!

 

I would love to meet you there ;-)!

 

Bye!

 

FAQ

I haven’t painted before. Is this course for me?

Yes. This collage-making course is a perfect place to begin your creative art-making adventure. You don’t need to have any experience in painting.

I have already a lot of painting experience. Is this course for me?

Yes. Making collages offers a fresh perspective on the painting process, and it can add a whole new dimension to your current way of art-making.
Next, this course is all about letting go, exploration and –last but not least– making a lot of paintings instead of thinking about it. That can be very worthwhile if you have a lot of experience, but feel blocked in any way.

What materials do I need?

I work with only three colors of acrylic paint (plus black and white). One red-ish, one blue-ish, one yellow-ish. Two of them (and black and white) can be student-grade paint, and one of them needs to be professional paint. Next to that, you need some mark making and other tools, like brushes.

Check out the list of materials here.

How much physical space do I need?

Collage Making can easily fit into your life without the need for a big studio. You can just work right in a corner at your kitchen table! A table specially reserved for making art is convenient, but not necessary. Since you don’t need a lot of supplies, you can easily store them in a box and carry them around. In this course, I aim for working on a small size, for instance a postcard or a business card, which makes it even more easy to work in a limited space.

How much time do I need?

You don’t need a lot of time to make collages. When you have your own collage papers painted, you can make a small collage very quickly, even in only five or ten minutes, and without a lot of mess. That’s why collage making fits so well in a busy life.

I hear you talk a lot about the importance of daily painting. Do I need to paint on a regular basis for this course?

No, you can follow the course at your own pace. That said, I will encourage you to free yourself up and paint a lot. The main goal is to stay in the process of painting instead of starting and stopping again or only aiming for making beautiful end-products. Daily painting is a fantastic way to do so.

 

Do you teach me to paint in your style?

No. You are a unique human being, and that’s why your style is or will be unique.

In the course, I will teach you a technique (collage-making from your own handpainted collage paper), and a series of fundamental principles (the six visual images, and how they can hang together). This collage-making technique and the six visual elements are ‘neutral’. With this technique and these visual elements, you can (and will) create unique paintings that express the being that you are.

Of course, you might be inspired by the kind of marks I make or the colors I choose. But if you paint a lot, your personal style will emerge all of its own.

 

Is the course in English?

Yes!

How long do I have access to the course?

The online course is part of ArtSchool, and you pay $ 47,00/month (ex VAT for EU customers) for access to all of my online courses. The first week is for free. Do you want to know more about ArtSchool? Check it out here.

What if I’m not happy with the course?

The first week of ArtSchool is free. In that week, you can check out if you like ArtSchool. If you cancel your membership within 7 days, you won’t be charged.

How does the membership work?

If you enroll in ArtSchool, you are automatically enrolled in all of my courses. All the courses in ArtSchool will be listed under the ‘my courses’ tab. 

The first week is free. If you cancel before the free trial ends, you will not be charged.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Go to the ‘Edit Profile’ tab on your school page, then go to the  Manage Subscription page. There you’ll find your ArtSchool subscription, including the time of enrollment, and the cancel button (which will cancel your subscription at the end of the current billing cycle).

You cannot change the billing date of an active subscription—your billing cycle is determined by the date you purchased the subscription.

Do I get a notification before my free trial ends?

Teachable sends an automatic notification 7 days before the free trial ends. Since the trial is only 7 days,  you will get this notification straight at the beginning. Afterwards, Teachable doesn’t send you another notification, so it’s good to keep that in mind in case you want to cancel your subscription.

Does Teachable have an iOS-app?

Yes. Go to the App Store on your device. Search for Teachable (or simply click this link to be redirected to the page in the app store). Click the Get button. Click Install. Enter your Apple ID password or Touch ID if prompted.

You can read all about it here.

What do I do if I encounter technical problems using the course platform?

 

If you encounter any technical problems, you can get in contact with Teachable’s support desk: support@teachable. com

Also, you can find the student’s guides here. There you will find answers to a lot of practical questions.

 

I want to find out more about ArtSchool.

Then check out the ArtSchool-page. There you will find all the answers you need (and if not: let me know ;-)!

I have a question that’s not on this list.

Please drop me a line at simone-at-simonenijboer.com, and I’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

 

 

I WOULD LOVE YOU TO JOIN ME!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this page!

I am sure this course will give you the tools to get your art practice up and running or give you new inspiration to dive into your creativity. Be welcome to join me, and experience the joy of collage making!

I have just finished your course and I love it so much! Lots of inspiration, joyful techniques and how to look around you to discover possibilities and tools to add som details in the collages/paintings.

I paint every day and my mind is hooked 🙂.

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