Tuesday 17 November 2015

Collage Camp & Dimensional Stenciling

I'm just back from a glorious three days at Art from the Heart in Harrogate doing three separate workshops with the amazing Seth Apter.  Today I will concentrate on the first two days.

I love Seth's teaching style.  It really suits me.  Friday's class was Collage Camp.  The morning was very structured.    Seth went through his 8 principles of making collages and we made 8 mini (6 inch square) collage samples.

Later in the day Seth showed us how to make backgrounds using two of his techniques.

And then we were let loose to play - to use what we had learned in the morning to make one or two larger collaged pieces.   Seth went round the room talking to us individually - encouraging and guiding us.  He was so generous with his time and his knowledge.

This one isn't finished.   I worked on the page this way.

But when I was asking Seth's advice about what more to do with it, he suggested turning it the other way up!  And it makes such a difference!

This is the other collage I made

The second day was Dimensional Stenciling.  And the format was the same as the day before.  Seth took us through products this time that you could use with stencils and we made samples.

We made a couple of backgrounds and then we started using what we had learned about stenciling for a larger piece.  I found that what I had learned in Collage Camp was also very useful.

I had worked on the one above as a landscape but when I turned it up the other way I could see shapes that looked a bit like a New York skyline.  You might need to use your imagination.

I used some of Seth's stencils to make the buildings.   It isn't finished yet but I was thrilled that I got this far.

 I also have a couple of other unfinished papers.

And this is from the excess of paint on the pages above plus rubbing off the graphite from the stencil.

I might make all the samples into a book so that I don't lose them and perhaps use the paper above for the cover.  I'll let you know what happens.

Come back on Thursday to find out about the third class I took.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art. Yes, I did see the skylines. The finished piece is gorgeous. What a great time you had. Thank you for sharing your processes and the techniques you learned.

  2. It looks like there was lots to learn Bernice, I like the idea of using different techniques and styles of teaching. The experimenting with different mediums was useful and I like the way Seth suggested turning your page up the other way. I will remember that!

  3. It was lovely to see you Bernice. And great to see what I missed on the second day - looking forward to seeing the third day :-) x

  4. Thank you Bernice for joining me at AFTH. It was wonderful to be able to spend time creating with you and I love seeing you artwork again in this post. What a wonderful review. Looking forward to the next time I am in your "neighborhood"!


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