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Decorative Techniques Using Creative Tools For Mark Making on Collage

Carlie Dunn will lead the group by demonstrating unique ways to take your collage a step or two further in the process of a more artistic professional presentation.

Making marks on a collage adds interest, depth, and beauty. Marks can be made on background support papers and added as elements as you create a collage. Marks are added in many ways, using objects like feathers, corrugated cardboard, stencils, stamps, bubble wrap, combs and rubbing. The possibilities are endless!

The goal of this workshop is to experiment with a variety of mark making techniques (not to create a finished collage). You’ll have the opportunity to create background papers or to finish a collage you’ve already started. A variety of work areas will be provided to try different techniques. Be prepared to get messy and have fun!

Materials to bring:

Liquid mark-making fluid (e.g., acrylic paint, ink, liquid watercolor)

Containers to put fluid in (e.g., pie tin, yogurt tub)

Brushes, sponges to apply fluid to the marking making tool

Paper for collage (e.g., tissue, cardstock, vintage paper, text, magazine images, etc.)

Background papers that you’ve made or collages you want to finish

Mark making tools (think outside the box: sticks, straws, stencils, sponges, textured objects for rubbing)

Materials to clean your mark making tools (towels, rags)

Water container (jar, yogurt tubs)

Also: think about how you’ll get wet paper home, as some papers won’t be completely dry


Cost is $5.00 for nonmembers and guests.  Members with paid up dues are free.



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  • Cathy M.

    Excellent class Carlie! You were so well prepared and informative. I appreciate learning simple but effective techniques that I'll be able to use in my projects. Thanks for an inspiring afternoon.

    May 5, 2013

    • linda f.

      Cathy, thanks so much for letting me know about these classes! I love them...

      May 5, 2013

  • linda f.

    Great class Carlie! Always love learning new things... I do so enjoy spending a Saturday morning with all these great women. Looking forward to next month.

    May 5, 2013

  • Laurel H.

    Well organized and lots of stuff to play with! Thanks, Carlie!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Marcey

    This was a great session of learning and time to experiment!

    May 4, 2013

  • Tamara D.

    Thank you for bringing items to share with the group! I have never used the sequin scrap before or bubble wrap.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time. Learned some new things and new ways to do some old things.

    May 4, 2013

  • glori j.

    Excellent workshop and so darn much fun. Great teacher. I simply love this group!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I now have to work. UGH! Was really really looking forward to attending at least one meeting. Never fails!

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also please remind me to pay my dues and the $ for this class...I will need to be reminded LOL! Thanks.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just finished my first collage and will bring it to this class as I need to know whether to continue with it by marking it or leaving it alone. Also want to create some background papers for my next collage. This will be my first meeting - and looking forward to it.

    May 1, 2013

  • Sue C.

    Sorry that I will be out of town!

    April 28, 2013

  • Cathy M.

    Can't wait!

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone from Beaverton interested in carpooling?

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Ruth L.

    Sounds like great fun. See you all then.

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • Nancy F.

    Looking forward to learning another great collage technique. Hope all can come!

    April 18, 2013

  • Marsha H.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone and learning something new.

    April 17, 2013

  • susan r.

    Get ready for a great meeting on June 1st with Golden Paints Artist in Residence, Corrine Loomis Dietz. This will be a fast-paced lecture covering paints and various mediums like acrylic gels, paints and varnishing. This will help us master our materials for greater creative satisfaction. Make your plans now! Posting for this event will appear soon...

    1 · April 17, 2013

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