“Voluptuous Discards” with Lynne Perrella

Last week I got a last-minute shot at being in a class taught by Lynne Perrella at The Artist’s Nook and I took it. I attended the Sunday session of “Voluptuous Discards” and had a wonderful time. I love Lynne’s books on art journals, Artist Journals & Sketchbooks and Alphabetica. She is an enthusiastic and nurturing teacher. I would encourage anyone interested in her approach to collage to try one of her classes. She really puts the emphasis on generating work that is uniquely yours.

The class was mainly a process class in which each of us generated one large collage using many techniques. I started with a intentionally textured gesso layer, then added paint in successive layers using various techniques. I included some images of towers – multiple copies of one that I drew myself and one that I got from a book of medieval illustrations. I have done some sanding to enhance the texture, but I still have more work I want to do.

Extreme close-up of collage
Extreme close-up of collage

The folds in the piece are there because I choose to turn my collage into a book. Folding the sheet into pages that weren’t planned in advance led to some exciting and unexpected layouts. My work seems entirely different now that it is in the shape of a book. I want to spend more time on each spread, starting with water-soluble oil pastels for detail. I also hope to tone down the silver paint – I think it’s currently a little too strong for the piece.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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