Episode One: Collage Your Own Palette - The Sketchbook Files with Becca Bastian Lee

The Sketchbook Files is now a regular video lesson online. You can watch the full lessons in the True Colors Art Program.

The Sketchbook Files Prompt #1:

Use scrap paper for your paint palette and then incorporate it as your collage material in your art journal.

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Materials List:

  • Your favorite sketchbook with thick pages

  • Student Grade sketchbook paper/drawing paper

  • Tracing paper and/or deli paper

  • Miscellaneous papers/ephemera

  • Matte medium

  • Old paintbrushes

  • Catalyst tool or silicone spatula or old credit card

  • Acrylic paints of your choosing

  • A painting you are currently working on OR a blank canvas/paper

  • Paper towels

  • Container of clean water

 
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Alternative Palette Paper Ideas:

  • sheet music

  • book pages

  • magazine pages

  • scrap papers from the printer

  • old paintings

  • junk mail

  • handwritten letters

  • any ephemera

Tips: While painting, use your blank papers as a substitute for a typical palette.  Mix paint on them, smear it around, have fun with it! If your blank papers start to buckle under the paint, scrape the excess paint off onto a typical palette OR smear the paint around enough to create a more even coverage. Let the now painted papers dry.

 

Project Process:

  1. Lay down a base color on the sketchbook page (or leave it blank!)

  2. Cut or tear your painted papers into variously sized pieces.

  3. Brush matte medium on your sketchbook page & then gently position your collage piece.

  4. Once you are happy with where the collage piece is, firmly press it down and brush matte medium on top of the collage piece.  You may need to run your finger or silicon tool along the surface to flatten any bubbles.

  5. Continue steps 3&4 until you are happy with your composition!  You can also add layers of paint in-between collage pieces. 

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Becca’s Inspiration of the Month:

“The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can…

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art." - Neil Gaiman

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