My mom and I have been drooling over Mark Hearld’s work for several months now. Definitely check out this video of him…it is delightful! I think I got his book back in early February and have attempted some collage works based loosely on how Mark Hearld works.
I love the fact that all the images in his work is taken from his growing up years on a little farm in England. He has loved nature all of his life and this shows in the wonderfully whimsical collage/paintings he creates. Much of his work is a lovely layering of a watercolor painting with collaged papers on top. He even incorporates his lithography work. Many of the collaged papers have been previously painted and then cut up into the shapes he wants. I was trying more of that in the collage below.
This collage was made a few months back, whereas the first collage (tulips) was made just last week. I’ve discovered that I’m an impatient collager.:) I really don’t enjoy spending time painting the papers I’m going to collage with…I’d just prefer to use all kinds of papers as they are, whether decorative or “junk”, cut ‘em up and glue ‘em down! Of course, I love the watercoloring bit.
The first collage has been added to my ETSY Shoppe for sale! (***As of this very afternoon, this collage has already SOLD! My. Thank you so very much!) Also in the Shoppe is a recent watercolor, titled Tulip Dance, which you can see in this post here. The same day I offered this painting, I also offered Purple Tulips, in this blog post, but it was scooped up pretty quick. I’ll try to alert you when I’m adding artwork to the Shoppe as soon as I can. Thank you, thank you, for your interest and purchases!
Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at collaging like this. Here’s a step-by-step suggestion for you:
1. Swoosh some watercolors around on a fresh page, not mingling the color too much, but allowing them to oozle and wazzle with each other. (These are highly technical art terms, you know!;) A floral piece works well with this, since the somewhat random watercolors suggest foliage and flowers in the background!
2. Cut shapes of found and purchased papers to suit what your subject is. Vary tones of one color, or choose different colors… it’s fun to explore lots of approaches to this. Maybe you would like to paint or draw on the pieces of paper before cutting them.
3. Glue them down according to your idea and vision.
4. Take other media, such as oil pastels, watercolor crayons, markers, pens, soft pastels to add any flourishes or designs to your collaged piece.
Et Voila! Enjoy!
**Oh, and one more thing…would you like to see the photo I worked from to create the first collage?? Here it is. See if you can find the 2 tulips I looked at while assembling their shapes.