Fodder School 2 is a year-long online mixed media art course with a different artist teaching each month, which you can join anytime. For the first half of each month, you learn mixed media techniques to make different types of fodder, which you then use in the second half of the month to create an exciting project so by the end of the year, you have 12 beautiful projects and a huge toolkit of mixed media techniques! Follow along with me on my Fodder School Journey!
This month in Fodder School 2 has been both inspirational and revelatory!
The first thing that jumped out at me was how Fodder School is both brilliant for brand new artists and experienced artists. I have done a lot of mixed media art courses in the past but not only did the introduction to mixing paint colours remind me of the basics, it also provided a huge golden nugget, that I was previously missing that allowed me to finally be able to mix a unique colour palette, which is tailored to the exact colours I adore and is completely harmonious. This led to a fun afternoon of mixing a watercolour palette, which I have made into a long term palette – using tubes to mix my colours into empty pans. I also used the same technique to produce these colours in acrylic paint, which I will store in jars.
We then moved onto gelli printing – with a huge range of easy and quick techniques to produce beautiful results and amazing textures. I spent a blissful afternoon printing the range of sheets below and I can’t wait to try more!
The monthly project was creating a set of 4 collages using our printed sheets which can be framed and given as gifts or hung on our walls. I have done a lot of collage in the past but the way Rebecca taught composition, values and layout was mind-blowing to me as it was very easy to follow but so effective and I was really thrilled with my set of collages. I have lots of ideas buzzing around for further sets of collages I want to try, experimenting with the methods we were taught.
Rebecca is an amazing teacher, whose step by step and calm approach simplified the process, made it fun and most importantly achievable. This month not only brought me a lot of joy and hours of art time where I completely lost myself in creating, giving me a huge sense of peace – it also allowed me to create art that I love!
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