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Sketchbooks

A Colorful Collage Sketchbook is a Modern-Day Homage to Matisse

Julie Hamilton collage sketchbook

For those who exer­cise, you (prob­a­bly) go through a warm up before you start on your work­out. This activ­i­ty tran­scends phys­i­cal activ­i­ty, how­ev­er, and extends to men­tal ones  as well. A sketch­book is the per­fect place to get ~ready~ to illus­trate and try out new tech­niques. Julie Hamil­ton does just this with her col­lage sketch­book. Under the hash­tag #sketch­book_s­tud­ies, she cuts out paper of dif­fer­ent col­ors and shapes, arrang­ing them into var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions that range from fig­u­ra­tive to abstract. In each col­lage, Julie’s trusty pair of scis­sors is her paint­brush—just like Matisse—which gives her images a bold, angu­lar appear­ance.

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Painting

Meticulously-Arranged Artworks Reveal Adventurous Little Worlds

Little worlds by Celan Bouillet

Artist Celan Bouil­let cre­ates “lit­tle worlds full of ani­mals, green­ery, and adven­ture.” The col­or­ful, high­ly-detailed pieces fea­ture places that are every­where and nowhere. Sloths, giraffes, trop­i­cal leaves, and peacocks—all paint­ed at the same scale—occupy the same com­po­si­tion. They are, how­ev­er, so care­ful­ly arranged while togeth­er, they nev­er ful­ly inter­act. This is Celan’s design. “These mixed media pieces are high­ly detailed and manip­u­late scale along with pat­tern to cre­ate com­plex nar­ra­tives,” she writes.

To pro­duce these pieces is an exer­cise in metic­u­lous­ness. Every branch, rock, and ani­mal is paint­ed gouache on paper which is then cut out and placed on a back­ground. Celan’s com­po­si­tions are so seam­less that at times, it’s hard to tell—but her in-progress works on Insta­gram show­case her beau­ti­ful process.

Celan sells her work as large lim­it­ed edi­tion in her Etsy shop, The Bay­ou Botanist.

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Collage

Who Needs to Paint When You’ve Got Beautiful Pieces of Paper?

Maria Berrio collage

While perus­ing Design*Sponge the oth­er day, I was intro­duced to the work of Maria Berrio. Imme­di­ate­ly, I was struck by her col­lage style—the intox­i­cat­ing col­li­sion of col­or and tex­ture paired with allur­ing fig­ures in curi­ous envi­ron­ments.

Dri­ven by her “native South Amer­i­can influ­ences” as well as liv­ing in Brook­lyn, New York, she cuts and shreds paper into the large-scale por­traits. “I usu­al­ly find inspi­ra­tion by going for a real­ly long walk through New York City,” Maria told Annie Werbler on Design*Sponge. “The elec­tric­i­ty of this city, the mish­mash of cul­tures and class­es, the hoards of inter­est­ing peo­ple doing inter­est­ing things in a dynam­ic city of filth and shim­mer­ing beau­ty — that is what inspires me.”

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Collage, Illustration

Cut Paper Collages Enhanced with the Power of a Pen

Irene Servillo illustration

For the past week, I’ve con­tin­u­al­ly admired the cut paper illus­tra­tions of Irene Servil­lo. It might come as no surprise—after all, her work is craft­ed out of col­lage, my favorite medi­um. Using cut paper and draw­ing, Irene cre­ates styl­ized fig­ures and scenes by employ­ing col­or­ful, eye-pleas­ing shapes that inter­min­gle through­out the com­po­si­tion.

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration
Collage

Charming Travel Collages Showcase the Bold Beauty of the Pacific Northwest

Clover Robin travel collage

Do you take a sketch­book with you when you trav­el? Clover Robin does… and then some—she col­lages her adven­tures! The Lon­don-based illus­tra­tor and pat­tern design­er recent­ly cre­at­ed a bevy of col­laged imagery from her road­trip through the West and Pacif­ic NW of the Unit­ed States and Cana­da. Using tex­tured paper and bold shapes, she assem­bled the giant Red­wood trees, the lakes of Ore­gon, and desert in Neva­da. It’s a great way to com­mem­o­rate her trip, and impres­sive, too, cre­at­ing these detailed paper pieces as her vaca­tion was hap­pen­ing.

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover Robin travel collage

Clover is also in the midst of creating a floral alphabet!

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Floral alphabet by Clover Robin

Clover Robin travel collages
Collage, Illustration

Charming Cut Paper Illustrations Strike a Balance of Bold and Intricate

Stephanie Wunderlich

Illus­tra­tor Stephanie Wun­der­lich com­pos­es charm­ing scenes from cut paper. The styl­ized fig­ures, land­scapes, and objects occu­py com­po­si­tions like a Cubist paint­ing, bal­anc­ing shapes and tex­tures in one eye-pleas­ing way. Despite their sim­plic­i­ty, Stephanie cre­ates a lot of depth and pep­pers her work with intri­cate details—look close­ly and you’ll see that there are tiny folds in shirts, bar­rettes in hair, and laces on shoes.

(The above illus­tra­tion recent­ly appeared in my week­ly hel­lo (newslet­ter)!)

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich

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Stephanie Wunderlich

Stephanie Wunderlich
Collage

Mid-Century Inspired Collages Dazzle on Driftwood Pieces

Angie Lewin collage on driftwood

Angie Lewin collage on driftwood

Col­lage is known best as paper-on-paper cre­ations, but there are infi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties with this tech­nique. Often, the mashup of two dis­parate ele­ments makes for the most excit­ing com­po­si­tions, as is the case with Ang­ie Lewin’s exquis­ite works. An illus­tra­tor, print mak­er, and pat­tern design­er, she uses pieces of drift­wood as the back­drop for her print­ed nature-themed imagery. Ang­ie is inspired by the Mid-cen­tu­ry mod­ern move­ment, and its crisp lines and strong shapes offer a strik­ing jux­ta­po­si­tion to the soft, uneven tex­tured sur­face of the wood.

These pieces were orig­i­nal­ly pro­duced as part of A Nat­ur­al Line at the York­shire Sculp­ture Park in 2014. But you can bet I’m keep­ing my eye out for more future works in this vein.

Angie Lewin collage on driftwood

Angie Lewin collage on driftwood

Here are some of Angie’s non-driftwood creations:

Angie Lewin

Angie Lewin

Angie Lewin

Angie Lewin

Angie Lewin

Angela Lewin collage on driftwood
Illustrated products

Collage Techniques, in Leather: Stylish Appliqué Bags by Timrose

Timrose applique leather bags

Yes­ter­day, I raved about the cut-paper cre­ations of Ultra­laz­er, an artis­tic duo that uti­lizes the medi­um to pro­duce flat­tened cas­tles and land­scapes. Tim­rose is anoth­er cre­ative work­ing with the same type of bold shapes in styl­ized ways—but instead of paper, it’s pieces of leather. The material—clad in pink, sil­ver, and tex­tured greens—forms trop­i­cal leaves that are stitched over the flap of the struc­tured bags.

Sleek and styl­ish, the acces­sories are part of Timrose’s col­lec­tion called Road To Hana. It was made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with jew­el­ry design Fruzsi Petró and inspired by col­lages and out­sider art—seeing them, I can’t help but be remind­ed of Hen­ri Rousseau’s paint­ings.

They illus­tra­tive bags are cur­rent­ly avail­able through Timrose’s online shop.

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose
Collage, How To

Behind the Scenes: Creating a Self Portrait of Cut Paper

If you fol­low me on Face­book, Twit­ter, Insta­gram, Pin­ter­est or Tum­blr, you might’ve noticed that I changed my avatar. After years of it being the same cut paper self­ie, I final­ly updat­ed my pic­ture with anoth­er col­laged por­trait. The tim­ing was intentional—I’m head­ed to ICON9 in a cou­ple of weeks and want­ed the image for new busi­ness cards.

While work­ing, I record­ed video and com­bined some of the clips into a 4-minute long com­pi­la­tion. It’s not every­thing I did when make cre­at­ing this por­trait, but it gives you a good idea of my process.

For tools, I use:

As far as paper goes, I gath­er from a lot of places. Kraft paper, water­col­or paint­ings, con­struc­tion paper, mag­a­zines… it all goes in my giant col­lec­tion.

If you have any ques­tions about col­lage or my con­struc­tion tech­niques, let me know! I’d be hap­py to answer them.

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