Single Flower Collage

Boldness doesn't mean rude, obnoxious, loud, or disrespectful. Being bold is being firm, sure, confident, fearless, daring, strong, resilient, and not easily intimidated. It means you're willing to go where you've never been, willing to try what you've never tried, and willing to trust what you've never trusted. Boldness is quiet, not noisy. Mike Yaconelli


Today's project is about boldness.

During Module Three we explored more mark making, colours, contrasting textures and drawing imaginary florals. To practice for this weekend's bigger project we will now put together these different aspects in a striking collage of a single floral. Use the Pinterest board of African wax cloths as inspiration for ideas on colours, textures, florals and foliage:


One big and bold floral collage. Looking at the variety of deli sheets, and making decisions on what to choose between the different options of colours, textures and stencil shapes and drawn marks is the main focus of today's project


Creating a single flower collage. Refer to your sketchbook drawings to get ideas about a single flower collage. Keeping the design simple is the best way to create. Work big, refer to the shapes of your drawings when making components of collage, work big.

Do not add too much fine detail, allow the textures and marks to become the important components of the collage. Play around with the texture and colour sheets you have created this week. The deli sheets with black paint marks created in Module Two can be used as well, black and white or add colour to them in thin layers if you like.

The smaller flower drawing components done in Inktense on deli sheets earlier this week will be used for the main collage project not today's.

The collage flower should have a stem and some foliage. You can use your own choice of colour combinations for this project. It need not be traditional, or representational. If you have doubts go back to the sketchbook to plan some ideas, allow the different textures and marks to guide you. This is not a complicated project, so you might want to do a few individual flower collages on different sheets. This might be easier for decision making, knowing that you can play around.

The process to make the collage is the same as in Module Two. It makes sense to use larger sections first. Do not use gold in this collage. Concentrate on colours, be bold but let them compliment each other. Keep details limited at first, you can always add more once the main flower construction is finished.

In the video demo collage I added some black Inktense pencil details towards the end. Do not overdo this, or rely too much on drawing, the focus is in the collage of form, colour and texture. Avoid outlines if possible. If you wish to add Inktense details remember to cover the area with a very thin layer of matte medium first, this will help to dissolve the Inktense pencil and create even black lines that are fixed onto the collage once dry.


The objective of this mini project is to create a collage of an imaginary flower based on your own sketches and composition. During the creative process take into account colour, texture, and bold strong shapes that are in balance.

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