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My watercolor and collage class just ended . This is probably the most time consuming, creative and experimental class I teach.

Susie Covitt

Susie Covitt

Laura Lindsay

Laura Lindsay

The above collage paintings were created using watercolor and Citrasolv collage papers that we made from treating National Geographic photos with Citrasolv. If you would like to know how to make these papers, click here.

Midge Wallace5

Midge Wallace5

Next we created abstracts by experimenting with the different textured rice papers we had purchased and layering watercolor and rice papers, one atop the other. We payed attention to elements of design as well as attempting to create a center of interest. The purpose of this assignment was to get used to the use of the papers, pigment and glue.

Jan Reche4

Jan Reche4

Cindy Guzik3

Cindy Guzik3

The next week we began much the same way with layers of pigment and rice papers and searched our compositions for something representational and developed it to portray what we saw. Both of the first exercises were free of any reference material until we saw something begin to appear. If we needed a reference, it was only to be used to help us bring what we saw forward.

Dianna Burt2

Dianna Burt2

Beth Akey6

Beth Akey6

For the final week, we created something realistic with watercolor and rice paper collage.

If you would like to view all the watercolor collage paintings created by this class, click here or scroll to the top of the page and click on the page Student Art: Watercolor and Collage.


  1. Some gorgeous work here. I am particularly drawn to the power line and the guitar.

    • Me too, Jodi. I like the abstract quality of both. So much energy! Thank you!

  2. Wonderful work, as always! (K)

  3. Wow, these are great! Love the guitar best, but they’re all wonderful, Leslie.

  4. I always love seeing your student paintings

    • I really like sharing them with all of you. It is fun to view them in the gallery on the student page. I can see all the different styles of these artists. Thank you for this comment, Nicola.

  5. The results of this experiment are all lovely. Your teaching skills have successfully come across to your students. Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you, so much. I really learn from them as much as they learn from me. We all keep finding new ways of working with these papers.

  6. As always Leslie, your students have excelled.

  7. I would come to your classes if I lived near. These are great.

    • Oh my goodness, Kestralart. You would be a welcome addition to this group of artists! Your birds for one, would grab their attention, not to mention your experimental nature. Thank you for this comment!

  8. Once again your students came through with amazing pieces. No doubt to an amazing teacher. Their work just gets better and better and is an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing these, Leslie.

    • We keep discovering new ways to manipulate this media. I think everyone is getting much braver about experimenting with their own visions. Thank you for supporting us with your comment, Carol!

  9. A very creative bunch of students Leslie, they’ve produced extraordinarily awesome work. Pushing the boundaries with experimental work can be a bit daunting but they’ve all excelled with your careful and insightful guidance.

    • This is an awesome group of artists that just keep coming back and growing together. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with their ability to just dive in and get better and better. Thank you for your supportive comment, June!

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