Sunday, June 5, 2011

First homework attempt: Composition for Collage

A few weeks ago Linda at StudioL3 mentioned Claudine Hellmuth's Composition for Collage class at Big Picture Classes.

Since I love Linda's art and trust her opinion, and because I really, really need some instruction, I'm taking the class.

The first week of class focuses on asymmetrical composition: Whew, holy crap, was I pleased to hear something I recognized.

Unfortunately the second half of that admission is that I recognized asymmetrical as something I haven't thought of (remembered) since I was roughly 14 years old.

And that was awhile ... OK, it's been more than 25 years ago that I learned about asymmetrical composition at O'Leary Junior High School.

Since that was the same period of time in which yours truly had to perform an "oral speech" in civics class, I'm pretty much thinking that asymmetry was probably buried beneath the terror of a speech about economics.

Anyhow, back to the subject: Composition for Collage homework assignment for week 1, asymmetry.

The background is black card stock, glimmer chalk, mod podge, crystal fine glitter, color wash, watercolor overcoat, and dimensional pearls.

Our characters are Octopode's Mad Hatter and flamingo. The sentiment, You take the Cake, is from a now-defunct stamp company.

So, what do you think? Did I manage to create the arrangement correctly?

I'm not sure if I nailed the assignment, but I really like this creation that is so glittery and shiny in person, you almost need to view it with sunglasses!

Woohoo! Shiny!


  1. Wonderful piece and am pleased you are so enjoying your classes. Annette x

  2. I'm thinking that I need to take some of these classes cos you lost me after the first sentance!!! Thanks so much for all your comments. I havn't been avoiding you but blogger is not a Happy dare I say it? Bunny at the moment. Trying to comment has been like climbing a mountain in ballet shoes!!!If this posts then i've sussed it. Give me a medal. Anyway back to your post. It looks great to my eye and I love the pink flamingo. Iv'e just seen pink and orange on someonelses blog and the colour combination just zings. Hug Mrs A.

  3. Love, love, love, love, LOVE this!!! Tracy, your style just rocks, and it's awesome watching it evolve at light speed! This is one of my favorite pieces yet. You always make me smile and inspire me to shake up my same-old-ness. You're a rock star!!!

    Isn't Claudine's class fabulous?

  4. Love reading all the posts I have missed recently. This class you are doing sounds real fun, love that pink bird octopode. Yvonne x

  5. Fabulous piece. Love the background and those Octopodes.


  6. this is absolutely brilliant!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! =)
    hugs, SannaS

  7. I am not sure what asymetry means but I think you get A+++ for your fantastic piece of art. Your pink flamingo has the look of someone who took the cake and ate it. Have a great week..Donna

  8. sooo are sooo good..loves ya

  9. I'm getting kind of tempted here. Never took an online class before. Must check it out. LOVE your project. Doesn't get any better than Octopode, does it? xxD

  10. That's fabulous, great images and background. It's perfectly arranged.