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!
I absolutely loved the project this month!
The first half of the month was trying lots of new methods and techniques for gelli printing to create papers for the project. Until starting Fodder School 2, I had no idea there were so many different ways to use a gelli plate and it has given me so much inspiration to create my own papers, which makes my art so much more ‘mine’ than when using bought printed papers. I think it’s really helping me fully express myself through my art and create art that truly reflects what I love. We’re only two months in and my colour palette is becoming more ‘me’ each month and even though you could completely follow the Fodder School projects step by step and create a very similar look to what the teacher creates (a great way for mixed media beginners to start), I’m growing in confidence to know what I love and what is my style within each project to be able to put my own stamp on it.
Here are my papers using this month’s techniques and methods:
We then moved onto the main project, creating a board book using our papers. It was such an unusual substrate but so much fun to work with and lovely to have a hard surface! I added some Lao Tzu quotes to my book as I wanted the book to be a source of inspiration to me that I’ll look at again and again. I really enjoyed working with my papers to create the book and I was able to incorporate last month’s lessons on value and composition into my page choices.
Drew really gave us the tools to be successful, both with the papers and the project. This month really filled up both my art and my craft creativity cups! I love how mindful the project was and it really reinforced that art can truly be a meditative practice in itself – giving me pockets of time away from the busyness of my mind and the world – creating a safe sanctuary for me to express myself and fulfil myself creatively.
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