Thursday, September 4, 2008

Carrie Burns Brown, Artist

Since 1993 Creative Catalyst Productions has been bringing artists, with a desire to teach, into our homes. Creative Catalyst Productions is fully equipped with professional digital equipment and a guest room for the artist to stay while taping over the 3 – 5 day period. Carrie Burns Brown is just one of the many artists who have had the pleasure of filming her artistic talent at Creative Catalyst Productions.

Carrie Burns Brown is a native of Georgia who now resides in South Carolina. Ms. Brown has studied art it seems most of her life and has “painted, exhibited and conducted classes from South Carolina to California by way of Greece for thirty years.” She had studied art at several universities throughout the country along with an extensive teaching career at the Greenville Museum School of Art, Grand-Strand Springmaid Beach Workshop, and most recently she has joined the teaching staff of White Rock Summer School of the Arts, White Rock, B.C., Canada.

Carrie Burns Brown is recognized for her water media collage and the reason that collage has recently regained popularity in the artistic world. Ms. Brown loves to create new textures and designs in her collage work and will show you how easily this can be done on her Water Media Collage Workshop DVD.

Carrie Burns Brown begins her 2 hour DVD workshop by explaining Color Families. I found this segment to be the most helpful and one that I will be able to use in all of my artistic endeavors. With only three basic acrylic colors, red, blue, and yellow, Ms. Burns teaches you how to easily create a rainbow of colors, tints, and shades.

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By diluting your acrylics with water you get beautiful transparent colors and when adding white Gesso to your color you will get tints and black Gesso will give you shades. By combining two acrylic colors such as blue and yellow you will then get various shades of green depending upon the amount of water and whether you have added white or black gesso to your combination.

Carrie Burns Brown goes on to explain how some of the most beautiful papers she has purchased are light sensitive and fade over a short period of time. This brought her to the realization that she could create her own papers using acrylics such as Golden or Liquitex and when applied to artist grade tissue paper she could achieve any color and/or texture that she could imagine. Ms. Burns demonstrates how to stain the papers and also create interesting textures using household items such as coffee grounds, newspaper, and string, and light bulb boxes.

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Ms. Burns continues to demonstrate her abilities to make beautiful art out of simple everyday supplies by texturing paper using Gesso. Of course she doesn’t leave it there, she then demonstrates how to stain the textured Gesso paper which in my opinion, looks like a beautiful piece of art in itself. She also demonstrates a unique way of making her own stamps from cardboard and how to stain and create beautiful textures on rice paper.

After reviewing the Water Media Collage Workshop DVD by Carrie Burns Brown, I was ready to begin creating my own papers, textures, and collages. Once my papers were stained I began creating my collage by applying various tissue colors using Gloss Medium.

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Once the background on my canvas was complete I added my heavier textures and since I am a scrapbooker at heart, I added a photograph as my focal point on this collage.

Canvas-Finished
Title: Friends Collage
Products used: Water Media Collage Workshop DVD (Creative Catalyst)
Canvas (Coloron)
Acrylic Paint (Golden Acrylics & Liquitex Acrylics)
White Gesso (Golden)
Black Gesso (Bob Ross)
Gloss Medium (Winsor & Newton Galeria)
Tissue Paper (Hobby Lobby)
Stickles (Ranger)
Journaling Card (Pink Paislee)

I loved the look that I achieved with layering the different stained sheets of tissue paper and I thought they would be even more beautiful if I could reflect light through them somehow. Years ago I would create vellum lampshades to fit over wine glasses and I remember them being so radiant especially at night when the tea light was lit. I decided to see how well the tissue would adhere to the vellum. I noticed that the Gloss Medium was causing the vellum to warp so I waited until the piece was dry then ran a warm iron over the back of the vellum and it flattened out very well. I then added some Stickles to my lampshade for texture and shimmer.

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Title: Tea Light Lamp
Products used: Water Media Collage Workshop DVD (Creative Catalyst)
Vellum (Paper Studio)
Acrylic Paint (Golden Acrylics & Liquitex Acrylics)
White Gesso (Golden)
Black Gesso (Bob Ross)
Gloss Medium (Winsor & Newton Galeria)
Tissue Paper (Hobby Lobby)
Stickles (Ranger)
Lampshade Pattern (Mirkwood Designs)

Ms. Burns demonstrated how to create additional depth and interest to her papers by using either homemade stamps or purchased stamps. She also suggested that an archival quality ink be used when stamping on the papers. I decided to try this technique on the stained newspaper.

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Products used: Water Media Collage Workshop DVD(Creative Catalyst)
Tissue Paper (Hobby Lobby)
Adirondack Pitch Black (Ranger)
Stamps (Club Scrap & The Angel Company)

My original intent was to create a card but as I began working on the cardstock that I had previously painted and textured with black Gesso, my project began taking on a different artistic flair. I continued to add color and then a few pieces of tissue and textured papers along the way and my background seemed to become a collage of its own. I finished the piece by adding some stamps along with Stickles and my background was now a piece of art in itself. While I see many opportunities to create smaller pieces of art within this collage, I think I am going to keep it for awhile and just admire it.

Painted-Collage
Title: Collage on Gesso Paper
Products used: Water Media Collage Workshop DVD(Creative Catalyst)
Acrylic Paint (Golden Acrylics & Liquitex Acrylics)
White Gesso (Golden)
Black Gesso (Bob Ross)
Gloss Medium (Winsor & Newton Galeria)
Tissue Paper (Hobby Lobby)
Stickles (Ranger)
Stamps (Club Scrap, Inkadinkado, & Sugarloaf)
Adirondack Pitch Black (Ranger)
Encore Metallic Copper (Tsukineko, Inc)

Throughout the Water Media Collage Workshop DVD Ms. Brown encourages the viewer to use art tissue paper but I was unable to find it locally. Ms. Brown stated in the workshop that is okay to use gift wrap tissue as an alternative as long as it is strong and lightfast. Since gift tissue was readily available this was the product that I chose to use throughout my review. I did find that the gift tissue paper that I was using would tear easily so I used an extra light touch when applying the stain and had much better results. If you would like to purchase the Art Tissue you can visit Carrie Burns Brown’s store at the Creative Catalyst Productions website.

Carrie Burns Brown’s instructional DVD makes you feel as though you are sitting in the room with her as she creates her many stained pieces of tissue and other products. I only touched the surface of what Ms. Burns taught on her DVD and I am looking forward to continuing to explore the world of Water Media Collage.

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