Kaaren Pixton

Children's Illustrator and Art Educator

Painted, Pieced and Patched, Layered, Laquered and Laminated

How I Create my Collages 

It begins with Fun!   I start by painting papers - lots of them.  I load my brush with about three colors on different surfaces of the brush.  Then I play!  I let the brush dance and swirl and  swish without over-thinking it - letting it flow.  No paint is wasted.  Using up leftover colors on my palette makes playful,  unique little papers.

The painted papers live in color-coded drawers.  I seldom make a paper for a specific purpose, preferring to discover pieces of pictures within the papers.  This pushes my thinking and keeps things fresh and adventurous.

When creating an illustration I pull out possible papers and start cutting and trying them together, looking at different combinations and adjusting the angles.  I can leave them unglued for a while which gives me time to check it out and make changes and add flourishes and mischievous experiments.  I have to be careful not to breathe too hard while I’m near the loose emerging art work because, I swear, eyes and ears and tails can disappear from the face of the earth!

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Once glued down there can still be changes, because this is collage.  It is all about pieces put together.

I love my art form.  It fits well with the way my mind works, my tendency to take risks and my sense of playfulness.