Fodder School 1 – Aimee Bishop

Fodder School 1 - Collage Fodder - Aimee Bishop - Mixed Media Art Online Course

Fodder School 1 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 11 beautiful projects and a huge toolkit of mixed media techniques! Follow along with me on my Fodder School Journey!

This month in Fodder School 1 has really helped me to get back to play and freedom within my art practice!

The first half of the month was focused on creating layered papers & fabrics, and embellishments – such as paper beads. Aimee is a great teacher who shows you very clear step by step instructions to build up layers and textures on papers and fabric, whilst using your curiosity, intuition and a sense of play to freely experiment. I loved the results and the combination of black marks with pops of colour. She also showed us how to make a great range of mark marking tools all from things around the house, which were great fun to use and created some brilliant effects! I also really enjoyed the optional hand stitching ideas as I haven’t tried this before and I loved the extra texture it brought to my art! I even had a go at dyeing some fabric!

We then moved onto creating different embellishments using some of our papers and fabrics – my favourite was the paper beads – simple but so lovely!

Fodder School 1 - Collage Fodder - Aimee Bishop - Mixed Media Art Online Course

For the second half of the month, we followed Aimee’s clear instructions to create an amulet, which was much more straightforward than I thought it would be with Aimee’s great and easy ways of adding texture to the main frame. The aim of the amulet was to be an empowering expression of our own art style and the freedom to do what brought us joy within our art. It was so much fun choosing the paper, fabric and embellishments to create our own vision. I love my finished piece!

Aimee’s techniques and passion for art play and freedom really enabled me to access the pure joy I used to feel as a child doing art. I will definitely be using lots of these techniques and tools in my art moving forward within my own art style.

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