BobBlast #272

"Making Your Own Collage Paper Patterns."

Welcome back to another BobBlast!

As promised, my recurring theme for the next several BobBlasts will be demos and lessons similar to my half-day and full-day classes at Art of the Carolinas. This BobBlast is  "Paint & Tear the New, Contemporary Collage" - the class at AOC is:

Thursday 11/14 - Paint & Tear the New, Contemporary Collage (TH1913)
9am - 4pm - Full day!

This demo lesson is also about having a daily studio practice - being in your sandbox and painting improvisationally... it is about the process! Not necessarily the end result.

My collage paintings are made with paint and paper. The paper I use has patterns of all sorts of designs that I put together myself. I paint multiples of stars, stripes and squiggles. I collect flags, dots and checkerboards - then I assemble an original template of patterns to use as my "original" - then off to the photo copy place I go! 
With my originals, I make a variety of sizes. It's good to have choices! These are the black and white copies I tear into pieces and glue onto my paintings.

On the other hand, I could save time and go to an "art/craft supply store" and buy preprinted patterns. In doing so, my work might look like everyone else's patterns... store bought.  I prefer "ownership" in my work, so I like creating my own patterns.

My demo is all about the process of play! I outline my step-by-step below. Just dive in and see what happens.

*Gel Medium (it's your glue)
*Large brush
*300 lb watercolor paper
*Transparent acrylic paints (I used Holbein's Marigold and Opera)
*Graphite drawing pencil

I start by putting the gel medium all over the surface. Then I tear the collage papers and stick them down by brushing more glue on top - removes any air bubbles! Color comes after that, then while the transparent acrylic paint is still wet, I wipe, scrape and draw into areas of the collaged painting to reveal the surprising patterns. 

That's what I do! It's pure play.

Be original. Make your own.

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Below is a list of featured workshops - but did you know that I also offer private sessions in my studio? Perfect for beginners who want a crash course in watercolor or acrylic or for artists who are designing an exhibit and want to bounce ideas for content and techniques. I devote 100% of my studio time to you! Designed for 1 to 3 people - if you are interested or have questions, email

Here's a quick reminder and some upcoming workshops and dates. 
If interested, sign up now!

Featured Workshops - come paint with me!

September 30-October 4, 2019
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
Vancouver Island Art Workshops
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Mary, (250) 714-8080
Click here for more info

October 25-27, 2019  
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
3-day Painting Workshop (Friday-Sunday)
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Click here for more info

October 29-31, 2019
Contemporary Abstract Figure
3-day Painting Workshop (Tuesday-Thursday)
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, AZ
Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809
Click here for more info

November 14-17, 2019
Art of the Carolinas - Workshops & Art Materials Exhibition
Sponsored by Jerry's Artarama
Raleigh, North Carolina
Contact Sharon DiGiulio (800) 827-8478 ext 156
click here for more info

January 13-16, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
4-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Thursday)
San Diego Watercolor Society
Contact Mary McWilliams, (760) 703-6287 or

January 20-22, 2020 
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Art Trysts Studio
Clearwater, FL
Contact Lorie Ulen, (888) 727-1190 ext 1

January 25 - February 1, 2020
February 1-8, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage in Mexico!
Casa de Los Artistas
Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles South of Puerto Vallarta
Contact Robert Masla, (413) 625-8383

February 17-21, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday) 
Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, Florida
Contact Quayside Gallery (850) 438-2363
or Diane Goeller (850) 384-3652
or Pat Page (850) 293-5414
Click here for more info for more info

March 3-6, 2020
Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting
4-day Painting Workshop (Tuesday-Friday)
The Villages, Florida
Contact Wanda Boyd (804) 536-1794

March 28 - April 7, 2020
Holland Riverboat Cruise!
Sponsored by Dillman's Art Workshop Retreat
Contact (715) 588-3143

April 24-28, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
Workshop Location - Hotel 10
10 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Quebec
Contact Lucie Michel, 514-889-8191 or

May 3-9, 2020
Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage
5-day Painting Workshop (Monday-Friday)
Hudson River Valley Art Workshop
Greenville, NY
Contact Kim LaPolla (518) 966-5219 or (888) 665-0044
PO Box 659, Greenville, NY 12083 

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"Making Your Own Collage Paper Patterns."
Make Your Own Collage Paper Patterns

Love, Peace & Happiness,
Robert Burridge
BobBlast #272 - Video run time 12 minutes, 49 seconds

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