Abstract Landscape Collage

Inspiration for me comes from many visual places.  A recent posting on Pinterest reminded me of a collage project from Gerald Brommer’s book Collage Techniques.

I started creating paper swatches for the collage. Watercolor washes, bleach sprays (not for children), salted acrylic washes, and painted paper.landscape collage with paper 001 I was surprized by the color changes when spraying bleach and water onto colored construction paper.  The light golds in the brown, and the warm golds in the green sheet were a welcome addition.  Had time allowed I feel that paste paper would have been a better paper surface treatment.

For building the landscape I chose a Strathmore paper, 6 x 8″, 140 LB mixed media paper.

I collected the blue / green background sky and glued it at the top of the paper, allowing the edges to go off the small sheet. landscape collage with paper 002Trial arrangements were necessary for the remaining ground and foreground.  Many combinations were available.  I glued the sheets from the top down.  making the larger brown section on bottom. I was able to slip a small section of green inbetween the hills on the right side.

For interest sake I used my black glue where two color sheets met.landscape collage with paper 004

I was not to crazy about this, so I created another collage, this time without the black glue.


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Though not shown well in the photo, the bottom section is black construction paper with a water bleach spray. In one section the paper has a light green tone.


Here are both of the collages:


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Later I taught this lesson to my 3rd grade class. I used found papers, construction paper that was scheduled for recycle bin, and damaged paper ready the trash. Just two examples from the class:collage 3rd grade 005 collage 3rd grade 004

Tangle with Dimension

Worked on this idea today….tangles on a template for a pyramid.3d tangle 001

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3rd grade students working on creating designs with template in math class

3rd grade students working on creating designs with template in math class

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3rd grade students working on creating designs with template in math class

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Crayons, dripping, and my first try

After seeing all of the examples of crayons melting with a hot air gun or hair dryer I just had to try it out.  I hot glued the crayons to a piece of cardboard, and stapled it to my canvas.  I was not crazy about having the remains of melted crayons on the art.  crayon melt first try 001I added a row on top of the crayons, using white and yellow . You will see later that this was too much wax and color.  I added an additional bead of hot glue at the top of the crayons to hold them in place.  crayon melt first try 004Not sure if they would fall off when standing upright.  One art teacher suggested covering the area as this could make a mess. crayon melt first try 005 Made a covered area, suggesting a picture might be here.  crayon melt first try 002Cardboard stapled into this shape and rubber cemented to canvas.  I stood the canvas upright, covered the table to protect from any wax splashing. crayon melt first try 010 crayon melt first try 009 crayon melt first try 011 crayon melt first try 012 crayon melt first try 008crayon melt first try 008 crayon melt first try 006crayon melt first try 007 And this is what I was left with….crayon melt first try 12