new pen + ink collage series
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new pen + ink collage series

I have a confession – I have a love/hate relationship with the idea of making artwork in a series. Part of me likes the comfort of working with a framework (even if it’s a loose one) and another part of me kicks the wall and waits for the boredom to set in.

I admire the discipline of artists who embrace series work. I just struggle with it personally. 

But I’ve kind of stumbled onto something I’d like to explore more. I’m calling them Pen + Ink Collages. They are mini little works that I make in the evenings and I’m so enjoying the process. I’ve started experimenting with watercolors too. Just picked up the book, Atmospheric Watercolours, to learn a bit more about them. 

Here are the first four collages. One thing I’m working on is giving the color room to breathe by incorporating more white/negative space. (Well. Most of the time. Sometimes I just keep going going going.) I’m looking into having them printed as frameable 5″x7″ prints. If you know of a source that you like for that, I’d love it if you leave a comment.

Pen + Ink Collage #1

Pen + Ink Collage #2

Pen + Ink Collage #3

Pen + Ink Collage #4

  • Kathy Schmidt
    Posted at 22:56h, 16 November Reply

    These are so freakin’ awesome! But…but…but…no stitch? Love them!

    • Lynn Krawczyk
      Posted at 13:41h, 17 November Reply

      Not this time! These are on paper! Although it would be interesting to translate them into stitching. Hmmmmm…might have to do that!

  • Jan Canyon
    Posted at 23:22h, 16 November Reply

    What size are rhe originals? Maybw note cards rather than prints as my walls are full! Fun stuff!

    • Lynn Krawczyk
      Posted at 13:40h, 17 November Reply

      They are either 4″x6″ or 5″x7″. Small ones. Note cards are a good idea too. Was considering ‘flat’ notecards – basically a postcard but with an envelope.

  • Katie McGrath
    Posted at 13:29h, 17 November Reply

    These are wonderful!

  • Lynda Heines
    Posted at 13:39h, 17 November Reply

    Lynn, These are so neat. Love them!

  • Denny P
    Posted at 14:13h, 17 November Reply

    Cool. Made me look closely.

  • Sharon Carvalho
    Posted at 14:30h, 17 November Reply

    Your doodles are so creative and inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lisa White Reber
    Posted at 15:37h, 17 November Reply

    Yes, notecards, please. I’m sorry I don’t have a source, but Ebony Love, who knows all, probably does.
    Also, don’t you stitch on paper sometimes? Why the F not? 🙂
    I love the new look with color from watercolor paint.

  • wendy richardson
    Posted at 16:17h, 17 November Reply

    LOVE these!! notecards yes, but stitching on originals to sell sounds awesome.

  • Roberta Whitmore
    Posted at 16:21h, 17 November Reply

    Great❤️ Love them
    I thought at first they were fabric

  • Mary Jo Kaszubinski
    Posted at 19:24h, 17 November Reply

    Love these & want to experiment with fabric, paint, & ephemera collage myself.

  • Judi Gillam
    Posted at 21:19h, 17 November Reply

    Oh my goodness !!! These are simply STUNNING !!!!! Love them !!!! Thank you . Kind regards – Judi – Australia

    Posted at 22:37h, 18 November Reply

    I love your risk taking and sharing them, Very inspiring to me . The sense of creating art for the sake of creating is so cool to me. These are unique . Thank You.

  • Lynn H Woll
    Posted at 20:11h, 29 December Reply

    OMG these are amazing! I can visualize them translated into stitching and quilts!

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