Thursday, March 25, 2010

Having fun with chalk & photo collage

I was just reminding myself that not every little piece of art work that you do has to be for a purpose - sometimes you can just sit down and do something for the sake of it. I was thinking about a project that I did with one of my art classes once. The technique is using chalk on wet sugar paper (construction paper). So I went out and bought myself some chalk yesterday and sat down to doodle. I did several sheets it is a very quick and easy technique. When you get the pressure right the chalk just glides on the paper. It is very fun and relaxing.

The most successful piece I did was this red one. I was thinking back to the original project where I had the kids look at painting of mud huts in Africa (wish I knew the source but I can't find what I am looking for on google) They used very simple designs but the overall effect was very dramatic.

Then being me I scanned my picture and played around with the pattern variations that I could make just by flipping and rotating the picture in different collages.

Above :- Simply rotating the image creates a nice diagonal effect.

Left :- Basic repeat. I amazed that the double line I drew across the page is so even from one side to the other.

Right:- The best for last, rotating and flipping the image makes for a very interesting pattern. Far more dramatic than the original. I might buy this as a rug in Ikea!


  1. This is an interesting idea, Ashley - very inspiring. For some reason to me your collage looks a little like one of those blankets made of different bits and pieces of material... I guess I'd like to have such a pattern on my blanket..:)

  2. It almost looks Kente (spelling?)a design fro Ghana I believe.


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