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Mixed Media Collage Ideas with Anne Bagby

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Barbra Sundquist

Looking for a great instructional DVD for mixed media collage artists? My very favorite collage ideas DVD is the one that Creative Catalyst Productions did with artist Anne Bagby.

Collage is becoming more and more popular all the time. You're probably aware that the origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years. Of course, it's often associated with Picasso and Braque with its reappearance in the early 20th century.

In her collage DVD Anne Bagby demonstrates her unique collage techniques, including how to create your own stamps, masks, stencils, and paper as you build a truly customized collage.

You'll love seeing the demonstrations of Anne's layering techniques, which create interesting and mysterious surfaces.

If you find yourself being a little too careful or fussy with your artwork, you'll be inspired by Anne Bagby's fast and loose approach.

Collage materials are varied and can include such diverse materials may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects.

Anne makes all her own collage materials, including her own stencils and stamps. In the DVD she shows how to transfer antique designs to hand-carved stamps and cut contact paper masks to guide custom stencils. Anne says she would use store-bought stencils if she could just find ones that are interesting enough!

Another thing you'll enjoy about this collage DVD is how Anne combines stamped and painted patterns to create the wafer-thin paper she uses throughout the workshop. Anne uses an experimental process, working simultaneously on five figures.

It's a freeing technique: working on multiple paintings allows her to takes risks with the weakest. She thus uses the freedom of collage to find creative solutions.

If you enjoy experimental collage, you'll be totally inspired by the collage ideas presented in this excellent DVD.

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