The Nature of Mark Making: Colour Wash Collages with Maggie Maggio

The Nature of Mark Making: Colour Wash Collages with Maggie Maggio


Maggie Maggio Workshop Colour Wash CollagesCLASS DESCRIPTION

When Maggie started playing with the colour wash technique, she sometimes ended up with large areas of colour that felt much too bare. What did she do? She doodled away the empty spaces. Dots, lines, and patterns filled the voids and transformed a basic colour-washed piece into unique and poetic jewellery or wall hanging.

This two-day workshop combines the basics of Maggie’s signature colour wash technique with an intro to the nature of mark making.

DAY ONE:  You will learn about 21st Century Colour, then mix a natural palette of gorgeous earth colours using Maggie’s Mixing Map. After the intro to Colour-washing, you will make a few “stone” beads to test your colours selections. While curing the beads, Maggie will present a short lesson on the history of pattern design and demonstrate a variety of mark making techniques. The rest of the first day will be spent developing your personal marking style using pen and paper before selecting a few practice beads to embellish with your own instinctive doodles.

DAY TWO: On the second day, you will have some time to create a colour coordinated collection of colour washed polymer sheets and then use them to create a series of small polymer collages with torn and cut sheets. The size and style for your collages is entirely up to you – you can be inspired by landscapes, abstracts, or graphic designs. (Note that small collages can also be worn as brooches or pendants.) Everyone will choose a favourite collage to embellish with customized mark making and then mount their collage into a small frame. Learn how to protect your drawing and how to finish the back and edges of the wall piece before heading home with a personalized work of art to hang on your wall.

SKILL PREREQUISITE : Some experience working with polymer clay and basic techniques is required.

DATE : Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015

TIME : 9.30 am – 4.30pm

WHERE : Two Rocks Western Australia


World-known artist Maggie Maggio from Oregon, USA, discovered polymer clay in the early 1990’s and immediately recognized its potential for exploring colour. Since then Maggie has travelled all over the world sharing her ‘Smashing Colour’ Workshops with artists of all media.

Her experience with unravelling the complexity of colour inspired her to develop “Smashing Colour” workshops and her book “Colour Inspirations” which was co-authored with polymer artist Lindly Haunani.

COST: $279

(plus $15 materials fee payable in cash to your tutor on the day)

Cost includes:  tuition, notes (soft copy), use of tools  and tea/coffee.

All bookings require a $50 deposit with the balance to be paid by the 1st August.

For bookings and any further queries please contact Pam at or on 0427 957 612.


All payments are non-refundable unless a replacement is found for your position. If you are unable to attend your position can be transferred to another person of your choice.

Places are strictly limited so it is recommended you book asap.

Bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis however a deposit must be made before your booking is secure.

For bookings and any further queries please contact Pam at or on 0427 957 612.

Maggie Maggio WorkShop Colour Wash Collages