About this Course
Welcome, brave artist! This little course is chock full of lessons on taking the basic pieces of a scene--trees, houses, flowers, people, etc, etc--and making them into a full collage.
In this course we will be doing a lot of collage. The first collage will feature two old soul sisters walking down a path together. Through making this simple scene, we'll cover many basic and not-so-basic collage techniques--many developed personally by Melody! Gather up paper and fabric scraps from around the house, and get some awesome ideas for how to use them!
Plus, did you know you photos be used in collage too! Here, Melody will show you how to take a printed photo (could be from Facebook, your phone, whatever) and add some simple embellishments to make it into a beautiful finished piece of art!
Next, follow along with Melody as she creates a portrait featuring a familiar-looking blonde girl with braids playing flute in the forest. More important than the finished product, though, is the process! Watch through from beginning to end to learn a whole bunch more techniques for using paint, paper, fabric, and more.
Finally, kick back and watch as Melody takes a canvas from an unexpected beginning all the way through to a finished self-portrait!
About the instructor
I love being part of Brave Girls Club and sitting in this big worldwide circle of sisterhood....it has changed my life in all of the best ways. I am profoundly grateful for all of it, and I work hard to never take it for granted.
I'm an artist, teacher and entrepreneur. I have started and owned a few different companies and written many books. I have sold and licensed my art all around the world, which is what I had dreamed of doing since I was a little girl. In 2004, my husband sustained a traumatic brain injury which changed the direction of our lives dramatically and led me to my TRUE life's work.
Taking care of my husband and holding my family together while my business and the rest of my life fell apart all around me left me feeling broken in every way. I used art and journaling to heal the fragmented parts of my soul, and once I felt healed I wanted nothing more than to share what I had learned and how I had healed with my sisters all over the world. That's where Brave Girls Club came from...my curriculum is what I have used to heal myself and make my life joyful again.
I live in Star, Idaho where my husband and I have raised our 5 children. My husband made a miraculous full recovery which we consider a tremendous miracle that has prompted us to spend our life helping others out of the kinds of dark times we were in for so long. Our greatest treasure in life is our family, ...especially the grandchildren who have come to us! We plan to spend the rest of our lives doing more of what we are doing now....enjoying life, helping where we can, creating beauty, and spending as much time as possible with our beloveds...at home and all over the world. We appreciate every new day we are gifted with, and life is beautiful! So happy to be here with all of you!
You will need:
Below is a list of all the supplies that may be used in this class. You certainly do NOT need to purchase all of these supplies to enjoy the course! This is simply a list of everything we used in our projects--you can mix and match whatever you have and make anything work. Just have fun!!
Pretty Portrait + Make a Scene Supplies
- One 11x15 canvas board
- Printed PDF pages (includes templates of trees, houses, etc)
- Various Strings and Ribbons
- Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
- One or two bottles of heavy body paint
- Modeling paste, super heavy body gel medium (less expensive alternatives include caulk, joint compound, and spackle)
- Fabric scraps (4" x 4" and larger)
- Paper scraps (4" x 4" and larger)
- Mod Podge or other collage medium
- Pencils, pens
- Variety of paint brushes (an inexpensive multi-pack works just fine)
- Textured Items- we will be using these to lay down layers of texture on your canvas. Any of these household items will work: paper towels, textured or embossed wallpapers, wrapping papers, paper napkins, crafting embellishments, embroidered or embellished parts of old clothing, greeting cards, tissue paper, etc.
- Access to a printer COLOR printer preferred, but not essential. Also good, bright white copy paper (not recycled) for printing. This will ensure your printed curriculum comes out bright and beautiful.
- This and that - ribbons, button, jewels, and any other miscellaneous embellishments and ephemera you might want to add to your artwork
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