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Susan Carlson Throwback Thursday: Working Material Collage in Drafts


This TBT takes readers again to the unique publish I wrote in December 2015. I do know, I’ve thrownback to this publish loads of occasions, however that’s as a result of the concept of “working in drafts” comes again many times as I’ve labored with college students all through the years. It’s so related that I’m writing a brand new second publish on drafts for this week’s common publish on Saturday. After seven and a half years I’ve developed new methods of describing how I work in drafts, which I’ll share.

Within the meantime, in case you haven’t reviewed the unique publish beneath for awhile (and even learn it in any respect), now could be an excellent time to do this. Followup is in simply two days.

The good benefit to material collage is its flexibility: the flexibility to make changes proper up till the second you determine the collage is full. This flexibility makes it potential to work the best way I work and the best way I counsel my college students work: in drafts.

I sometimes work in three drafts—like three levels of enhancing. The primary draft is the get one thing down stage (see element photograph of my chicken Kiiora, above). The second draft is the “repair it up” stage. Lastly there’s the third draft, the “high-quality tooth comb” stage, the place each little element is examined earlier than ending the quilt (completed element of Kiiora beneath).

I started to work this fashion naturally as I developed my technique of material collage. However the author Anne Lamott actually gave me a framework to grasp it and a solution to describe it to different individuals. Though her e book “Chook by Chook: Some Directions on Writing and Life” (scroll all the way down to “Inspiration”) is written for writers and is concentrated on the artwork of writing, Lamott’s manner of working is completely adaptable to different artwork varieties, equivalent to material collage.

“Chook by Chook”: How I Use a E-book on Writing to Educate Material Collage

Might 2023 Reside On-line Class

You’re invited to hitch me by way of Zoom for a 5-Day Reside On-line Material Collage Class. This class is for all ranges of material collage proficiency, from newbie to superior.

Subject material is animal topics—furred, feathered, or scaled—pets, unique animals, birds, bugs, sea life, sea slugs, no matter kind of animal appeals to you.

• 5-Day Reside On-line Material Collage Class—Animals Solely

Might 29-June 2, 2023

Class dimension: 12 max—all ranges

2 Spots Remaining (as of Might 9)

Worth: $995 per pupil

Register and pay right here:

I’ve included an replace of the variety of spots out there and can do my greatest to maintain it up to date because it adjustments. For those who discover on the registration web page that the category has offered out and wish to be positioned on a waitlist, please electronic mail Tom ([email protected]). Thanks.

Included: Forty-five minute personal pre-class teaching session to arrange you for Day One among class.

Required Class Price: $169 for the Material Collage Grasp Class—an internet useful resource “handbook” to consult with earlier than, throughout, and after class—yours for all times ($199 common worth; contact [email protected] for coupon code for low cost. This charge is waived in case you already personal the Grasp Class)

{Hardware} and Software program Necessities: Laptop, pill, or different larger-screen machine; dependable web; capability to {photograph} and ship pictures of collage in progress (a cellphone is really helpful); Zoom assembly software program (free to obtain)

See hyperlink beneath for extra data.

Material Collage Grasp Class

For directions on your entire material collage course of, you should buy the Susan Carlson Material Collage On-line Grasp Class Guide. Utilizing video, pictures, and textual content I take you from soup to nuts, starting to finish in creating your personal material collage masterpiece.


Susan Carlson Material Collage: Spiral eWorkshop

Questioning if material collage is for you? This eWorkshop is meant for newbies in material collage. The spiral mission is easy, low stress, however nonetheless teaches the essential strategies of material collage. It additionally serves as a useful refresher course for these with extra expertise.


Susan Carlson Material Collage: Sea Turtle eWorkshop

Study material collage with Susan Carlson. Every step is clearly written, illustrated with pictures, and demonstrated with video. Study with a Sea Turtle then launch into any material collage mission you want.


Serendipity Quilts for Sale

$29.95 plus transport. Full coloration all through. 4 full initiatives, begin to end, of accelerating complexity. Study material collage with this e book.



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