Laura Lein-Svencner

Welcome to the courses of abstract mixed media collage of Artist Laura Lein-Svencner, where Art becomes Life and Life becomes Art, through books and paper.

Brown Bag Collage Art

There are two approaches shared in this course, taped edges and raw edges. Along with how to altered model images for transfers and a packet on other ways to use image transfer for you artistic needs.

Wanderers of the Wiser and Wilder

Wiser and Wilder A Soulful Path for Visionary Women Entrepreneurs, a book by Kaya Singer,
10 Week Course, with in-depth Book Discussion, and interactive projects.

The Listening Path, The Creative Art of Attention

Working with Julia Cameron's Newest Book, The Listening Path

Creative Vision Board

This is course I like to offer at the very beginning of the Year. Though it can be done at anytime for transformation.

Creating a Palette for Collage

This course is all about making and altering paper in unique ways for your Collage Art. The papers that a collage artist uses are special. They offer inspiration for new works every time a session of paper making begins, you will create mounds of paper.

Dried Plant Brown Bag Project

Upcycle a Brown Bag, an Ideas from our past using materials from around your home.

Coptic Stitch Book Binding

Learn how to create collage covers and work with the book binding method of Coptic Stitching to create you own Collage cover Coptic stitch journal.

Integration of Collage and Mixed Media

This course is open for all interested and for all levels.
Working on Watercolor paper, with acrylics, wax crayons, graphite pencils, stencils, stamps and collage creating a multi layered cruciform composition of wonderful meaning with basic design references as our guide.

Creative Prayer Flags

Sew, print and create our own prayer flags with symbolism and meaning. Hang them in your garden or from our outdoor patio to raise good vibrations, and loving positive visual thoughts. Send your message to the world and beyond.

Love Boxes

This is a printable packet that will show you how to make your own Love Boxes.

Collage Meditation

Creating a meditative practice in a sketchbook while learning different design aspects in a manageable format. We will work with grey scale, adding words, creating space, color and the emphasis and focal point all while starting with a horizontal or vertical composition. Our end project will be a small compositional pocket book, which can be used to from a collect or give as a gift.

Magazine Collage Animals

Be inspired by nature, color and symbolism.

Collage with a Tack Iron-Volume 4

Working with experiences of the past online classes, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, this online class pulls it all together and presents the use of the tack iron or house iron to fuse the magazine collage papers together. Leaning heavy on design, two small exercises and one larger will be explored.

Strengthen Your Design, Volume 3

This class was created to follow Volume 1 and 2 in my series of Collage sketchbook classes. Continuing to working with a viewfinder, looking more closely at a variety of compositions.

Viewing New Compositions-Collage in a Sketchbook Volume 2

This course follows Basic Design with Collage in a Sketchbook. It's here to help you progress in your design abilities with the fine art of collage. Pushing you a bit further then you might go on your own. Simple materials, viewfinder, magazines, glue sticks, sandpaper and scissors in a sketchbook.

Basic Design with Collage in a Sketchbook Volume 1

Begins with the basics of design to help you see each element in its simplest form and with others. This will help you have a better understanding of design and create some great compositions in your sketchbook as we go through this class. Some sketches may turn out to be great references for larger works. I have four online class create to be accomplished in sequence. Follow each volume and see how it builds in knowledge of the design principles that will help you make better choices.

More About Laura Lein-Svencner

Laura Lein-Svencner grew up in Downers Grove close to her Grandfather's farm, now resides in Darien, Illinois. She’s married with four grown children and a home full of loving creatures. Although she has studied drawing, printmaking, sculpture, book arts and the art of hand papermaking, it is the love of paper that always calls out for the most attention. She comes from many generations of Creative Makers working with their hands.  She is self taught, and believes strongly in the knowledge of design principles. Their the life savor of the arts especially when your uncertain about the next right thing to do with our artmaking process. 

She is a signature member of the National Collage Society, co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society, which exhibits throughout the Midwest Chicagoland area. She has won many awards for her work which are represented at Woodwalk Gallery Egg Harbor, Jane Wilcoxson Mineral Point WI. Her works have been published in Incite 1, 2, 3 and 4 of North Light Publishing, Acrylicworks, Somerset Studio Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissor Magazine, The Professional Artist Magazine, The Artist's Magazine and The Watercolor Artist Magazine through the years. She continues her second love of teaching the fine art of collage in classroom settings, workshops and online for the past 24 years. Laura has recently self-published two book, Learn the Basics of Design with Collage and Tack Down Tuesday’s available through blurb.

Laura’s work was selected to be printed on material by a clothing design company Dolcezza-Simply Art from Canada.