Karen Knutson paints in mixed media, trying to make her paintings fun and easy. A wide range of subjects, including landscapes, figures, collage, abstracts, florals, and birds. Many lessons are included on this blog to encourage her art students. Teaching across the country makes her life a great journey.
I may never buy another collage paper again! I can make incredible ones all by myself, with the use of monoprinting and the gelli printing pad. This painting has four layers. I like starting with a dark color, but am still experimenting as to different results. My hands are a mess, full of acrylic paint. Glad I don't spend money on manicures! Anyway, I really recommend that you all give this a try! Even the ones that don't turn out make wonderful collage papers.
I'm having an absolute ball, making handmade papers. This painting is completely covered with collage papers. By using the Gelli brand, gel printing plate, it is made so easy and fun! I really recommend checking out their website for tutorials on printmaking without a press! The trick is making the collage papers into a painting. So, the first thing I do is to make a value study, using only 2 values. (white and medium) Then I place the papers on the medium value, making sure to repeat the papers in other parts of the painting. I can see that this painting is a little too complicated for my workshop students, so I will do more that will be a better example for them. (I'm teaching a home studio 3 day workshop next week.) This painting is available for $295. It is 11" x 11" image.
I'm preparing for my home studio "Painting Birds" workshop, and wanted the last day's lesson to be a very easy one. So, I decided to emphasize stencils and show them how to do a very easy illusionary painting. BTW, I only used 2 colors in this painting. (quinacridone gold and neutral tint) I will be having a mail order lesson on this process available soon, if you are interested. It's a fun way to paint!
The image is 11" x 14" and is available for $145.