However, I have been following and doing, the One Collage Challenge, which we've been encouraged not to share until the very end. Every couple of weeks Kasia gave us a prompt. Each stage was to take no more than 5 minutes... sometimes this was easy, others not so!
We could choose any surface we liked, bearing in mind we would be working on it for the whole year.
I took a 25mm by 30mm flat canvas I may have gesso'd it to start with, made no notes, just took photos of each stage.
1. grab at random, no choosing, 2 pieces of paper, tear large pieces and stick to surface.
Grab one acrylic paint and add a shape , either with brush or your fingers
these were meant to be smooth brush strokes.
stage 7 was to write turn the canvas upside down and write the date
8. (you can see the photo is still the wrong way up, as the date is the right way round)
add drips or splashes of something white - ink, paint, over the canvas,
11 was to find another word from a book or magazine.
13. take a favourite acrylic paint and fill the torn spaces - this didn't take long as I only got one!
I was in a purple mood at the time but do admit to making my favourite not clashing.
17. grab a black marker and draw 3 thick lines somewhere on the collaged face
18. find another word.
I used black and white markers
20.. I just realised I missed out this step, I was playing catch up today and missed it.
there is meant to be another image from a magazine, stuck on the forehead - pretend!
(I found a picture from Kew in my Kew magazine.. at least that was fairly easy.) make it fit behind your face, filling no more than a third of the frame.
I had an inkling of what was to come by this point, I could see where it was going.
typically right at the last minute I forgot to take a photograph of the penultimate stage of step 23..
I chose two thin layers of gesso.
first part (that I forgot to photograph on it's own) was to use the saved words and create a sentence, we could add to them if we wanted.
my words read Grand Family Designs Magical Winter.
Next and final stage was to write in the rest of the space, words and feelings about the whole process of the One Collage challenge.
For me, it was all about not over-thinking each step, not spending too long - I certainly stuck to the 5 minutes each time, and it was certainly quite free-ing not knowing what was coming next.
Thanks, Kasia, this was fun! There were definitely stages I didn't like so much, but hey, they've all gone now under that gesso!!