Creative Collage

Do you have a collection of saved and interesting paper, tear outs, bits of fabric and general stuff you have been saving, have wanted to use but never have – for years? Take a journey into self-expression through creative layering and collage.

Open to all levels of creative experience, Denise will take you through the fundamentals of colour, design and composition to prepare you to fully immerse yourself in the creative collaging process. In abstract or realistic works, play with colour, texture, images and discarded ephemera, and combine them with patterned paper and paint.

Add drawn and stitched lines to create a completed two-dimensional image.

Be free to create, combining your life experiences with new skills.


Course Info

There will be demonstrations on creating the ground to work on, plus colouring more paper with colours and patterns you love.

When these are dry, they will be used to glue onto the surface and extend the collection of stuff you brought with you.

Students will learn how to cut, tear, and manipulate different papers and see what happens to the edges when you tear them in different directions.

You will learn to find those fragments of colour that you just might want to use that are in the middle of an illustration from an old magazine article. You will learn how to deal with glue and then how to add drawn and stitched lines to create a completed two-dimensional image.

Part of the demonstrations and discussions will be on how to go about designing your working surface and how to work with colours. Students will be able to choose an abstract or realistic way of working.

This is a chance to express your ideas freely once you have been guided through some technical knowledge.

This is a fun and supportive course to open your creativity. No prior experience is required.

To be supplied by participant

Watercolour paints, palette and brushes large and small

If you prefer to work with acrylics, bring them with the appropriate brushes


A3 pad of 300gsm watercolour paper

A4 pad of 120gsm paper

Fifty sheets of A4 printing paper

Optional – small pieces of paper to work on, plus extra for trials. Bring as much as you think you will need for five-days, you can also be adventurous with the base you work on.

Collage Materials

Variety of interesting papers: wallpaper, wrapping paper, handmade papers, coloured papers, fancy papers, old envelopes, old sheet music, old maps, old photos, old calendars, scrap drawings, scrap prints, newspaper, magazines with photos, tear outs, old books, tissue paper, foil chocolate wrappers, brown paper, corrugated cardboard

Threads in variety of colours

If you sew – bits of fabric and fabric scissors, different size chenille needles for sewing through work surface

General supplies

Mark making pens and pencils

Notebook and pen / pencil

Cover for the table: old sheet, plastic shower curtain, newspapers

PVA Aquadhere glue – available at hardware shops

Variety of different sized cheap bristle brushes for glueing

Small towel and paper towels for working with watercolour paints

Rags for glue clean up, plastic bag for a wet rag

Old newspapers or an old telephone book for gluing, and to keep work surfaces clean

Two tall water jars – one for watercolour, one for glue brushes

Apron or old shirt

Paper scissors large and small

Needle nose tweezers

Cutting board

Retractable blade knife.

Awl – a sharp implement available at haberdashery or fabric shops.

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Denise Vanderlugt
Course Tutor

Denise Vanderlugt

Denise lives in the Whitsundays, Queensland and has been working as a full-time artist since 1982 Her images are of the natural world, largely inspired by her own large bush garden and the surrounding area of rainforest, sea and wetlands.

She works in many mediums, with quilt making as her primary practice. Her other pursuits are painting and collage, coiled basketry, artists’ books and printmaking. All this combined knowledge goes into her own practice of collage with watercolour, which she developed from the desire to create her own personal palette of colours.

In 2007, Denise published her children’s book ‘WHERE RAINBOWS LIVE’, for which she received two international awards for self-publishing.

In 2009, as one of Strand Ephemera Townsville sculptors, Denise hung 105 rainbow jellyfish in a big tree. These jellyfish were made from recycled materials with the coiled basketry technique. Her work has been featured in books and magazines in Australia and overseas.

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