Monday, September 13, 2010

Collage My First Love


Of all the media that I work with collage, I have to say,
is the one the challenges me and stretches me as an
artist and illustrator. I am constantly blown away
with unlimited materials that can be found and
reused to create wonderful and whimsical art.
I am always on the hunt and prowl spying
for special papers and library book sales and such to
find things to work on and with. This piece was done
on heavy watercolor paper and then collaged with dictionary
and old ledger papers as well as novel pages. I then
painted with gouache, watercolor and crayons and
let the back ground come through. It was fun and next time
I would like to try something bigger. Hope that this
will inspire you try it for yourself. Let me know how it turns
out!!!
Have a great week!

44 comments:

Gwendoulash said...

here, it is always a super voyage

breignier said...

Wow, lookit all the wonderful textures... gorgeous!
I'll definitely have to try that out :)

Ces said...

Beautiful, Ms.Vee but the process is painstaking and therefore it explains how much you love the medium. The outcome is all worth the effort. I bet it is shiny too? As for reading the phrase "first love", I thought I would find a handsome, strapping man, glued all over the post! Have a lovely week, sweet!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I love it Vanessa! And I love collage for all the reasons you listed plus many more---I find a voice through it that I find nowhere else. My collection of old papers has grown in a shameful manner and I cannot wait to finish my current work to return to it....collage can be, well, anything that you dream!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Gwendoulash, glad you could stop by. Hope that my voyage hasn't made you sea sick he he he he.

Breignier, So happy to hear that you will try this project out. I would love to see what you come up with! Bet it's going to fabulous!

Ces, I haven't put the shine on it yet cause it really is hard to take a picture of. You get that flash back thingee that I hate so much As for first love, Ray got that spot, but he won't stay still long enough to tape him up. I guess he is afraid of me pulling the tape off his top lip and legs. He's such a baby. Now hold still! he he he he!

Anne, I would love to come over and check out stash of papers. I bet the are a real treat. You are so right about collage. It can be anything you want it to be.

rachel awes said...

dearest! this is one of my favorite posts from you! i loooooooove this!
YOU dance in the making
& I dance in the receiving/ooh la la aaaaaahing!
(now just WHERE am i going to find such colorful leggings for myself?!!! oh how i'd love them!).
xoxox!

VixenLily said...

looks really great, love the colours :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Dearest Rachel Girl, you would be purchasing these legging from Ooh La La Design Studio Fashions he he he he he! I would love a pair too. Wouldn't that he cool? Okay something for us to work on together.

VixenLily, so sweet of you to stop by, Thanks everyone.
Have a great and creative week.

Mechelle said...

Oh Vanessa that piece turned out so great! I need to make another page in my art journaling book. Your work is so happy and inviting. Great job!

Tamara Henderson said...

Amazing work Vanessa...very inspiring!!! I really want to start using watercolors and gouache to get away from the computer sometimes. Last week I was playing around with Prismacolor markers and they are wonderful. I need to practice practice practice to get better at using these mediums.

nina seven said...

vanessa - this is an awesome piece! i love collage, too and it's so much fun to do!

Eric Barclay said...

All kinds of awesome.

Marián Lario said...

It's very interesting :)

http://elgatoazulprusia.blogspot.com/
The child illustration step by step

DEB said...

This is darling Vanessa! I have a friend who does monoprint collages. I never really knew anyone who was a collage artist before. It's an intriguing art form.

roberta baird said...

So just what CAN'T you do girlfriend? You rock!

Desiree Cassidy said...

I love this!!!
I totally feel inspired to try one out myself :) I hope to see more from you too in this medium!

Shirley said...

Simply divine, Nester! I can't say enough how inspiring you are. You are so fantastically creative (love your spirit) and so encouraging to all of us who are so happy to have found you. You rock, sister! : )

Lisa M Griffin said...

I am with you there, paper is a love of mine! Great collage, lovely creation and thanks for sharing! So nice to see you flex that creative muscle and share it with everyone. :)

bee said...

Oh my goodness Vanessa - this is just incredible! You've blown me away... everything about it screams AWESOME! You have planted a little seed of an idea in my head, and now I'd love to give some collage a go for myself :) Thank you for the inspiration! xo

Krista said...

Bee-Yoo-Tee-Oussss!

Nicola said...

oh yes you've certainly me inspired to have a go at this, I love the book pages background I've never really painted on a surface like that but would really like to now!!! Lovely piece full of energy and colour :0)

k.h.whitaker said...

This is soooo cute, I love mixed media pieces, you would probably be in heaven over here, I have crazy amounts of stuff stashed everywhere, too bad it is so much work pulling it all out! Any way, I love it! Have you ever done wax painting in your collages? I really love it because it can give a piece so much depth.

Bella Sinclair said...

Ha-cha-cha-cha! Your collages reign supreme! I love papers, all kinds, and I love old books. AND I love your illustrations. So put them all together and it's the PERFECT STORM! Aaaaaaaaaaahhhh, Makes me all giddy inside. Ooh, I imagine how wonderful it feels to actually rip those papers and feel their textures as you place them around, never knowing quite what you'll end up with.

Love you, Nester! Love you more than kids love summer vacation!

Giuseppe Bianco said...

So beautiful.

Ana said...

I love the textures and how you use different paint all combined in this one. Your drawing is always amazing. Great outfit :)

Hard Dog Cafe said...

how creative!! and, environmentally friendly!

Eve said...

Really nice collage Vanessa. I've yet to do one with words, but I would like to one day. I really like your bright colors in this piece :D

Kristi Valiant said...

Super fun and full of life and personality as always, Vanessa!

Shell said...

A lovely collage. I like to do collages in my journal or small bookmarks I like to make for myself.

michele said...

Visiting your blog always puts a smile on my face. :o) This is no exception, other than another great surprise!

cathi mingus illustration said...

Vanessa, you are one of the most talented illustrators
around today. You are really blessed with a gift!

Amalia K said...

Well, Miss Vee.. you are a huge bag of talents, that's what!! I've tried my hands of collages, but really, I'm only good at creating the mess...hehehe. This piece is gorgeous! ♥♥

Heather said...

Love seeing you create!!!! How fun! Delightful colors, too!

Shirley said...

Hi sweet V! I've emailed ya!! Hope you got it. Hugs to you and hope you're feeling 100% really soon! : ) Yay for Eric for getting you through that one!!

Bella Sinclair said...

My sweet V, I just read all your encouraging words to Shirley. You make a difference, you know, with all your powerful words of inspiration and wisdom. Every time I hear you say things like that, I feel my courage and energy restored.

Love you dearly. I hope you're feeling better after your trip to the dentist. Now you're as good as new!

Get ready now...purple hug coming....XOXOXO!

Shirley said...

Awwww...you are awesome, V, and so is Bella for your caring and wonderfulness. I just am huggin' all of you to bits right now! Ces, you too! : )

PS - How was Zoe's first day at school? Everything's super with my girls so far...whew! : )

nessadee said...

Love this! I'm a sucker for collage!

Andrew Finnie said...

Oh I love collage. I would love it more if I could do it :) Congrats on the Tori Spelling! That's so good!

Alina Chau said...

BEAutiful!

Tomás Serrano said...

Vanessa, this is one of your master pieces in my opinion. My favorite, perhaps.

justdoodleit said...

So brilliantly colorful. Love it :)

Erin Sherman said...

hey thank you for your comment on my daughter's blog ("the squirrel") :)
We really like your style too! It is excellent! congratulations on your latest book. i always like to find other great illustrators who are also moms :)

Kay Aker said...

Splendiferous!

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