Imagine . . .


Intuitively creating collages that express who you are, where you have been, and where you are destined to go.


Starting with the collages papers you make,


to the artwork they are transformed into,


each will tell a story to support your journey,


and those that are drawn to what you create.

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During our time together, you will . . .
  • choose a color palette that speaks to your soul

  • make many dozens of one-of-a-kind collage papers  

  • create a cohesive collage series ready for exhibition

  • imbed meaning into your artwork

  • create art that works compositionally 

  • professionally mount your collage series

  • learn a repeatable way to create from your intuition

  • invite the sacred into the art making process 


At last copy

  • Catherine Rains

    “I truly enjoyed EVERYTHING about this collage class!!! From the instruction to the excellent filming and direction, sped up when necessary and real time when needed... you expertly captured a wonderful experience for all... Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have shared and being so brave!  You have inspired me that it is never too late for another beginning.   ”

  • Catherine Rains

    “Your explanation and range of techniques was fantastic.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of your tips and ideas and they were really easy to follow, even for a beginner like me. I really appreciated that your lessons were brief and to the point, and you demonstrated every step.  You were easy to listen to - very gentle and calming.   ”

  • Catherine Rains

    “I truly enjoyed your class. I wasn't expecting to learn new things and be so inspired, but I absolutely did and am!  I loved the pace of the class and your teaching style.  You're a great teacher. Thank you for your generosity!   ”

 What to expect

each week

Week 1

We start by setting the foundation for all 6 weeks of lessons, beginning with gathering supplies, choosing a color palette, going on 3 treasure hunts, organizing our collage papers, glazing papers that don't fit into our palette, and making many types of collage papers. 

Week 2

As we begin to create our collage series, the focus is on exploring how our neutral papers work together. Starting with a warm up sketchbook activity, we'll use what we discover to create four+ 4" x 4" collages using neutral papers, and finish them by adding a shape.  

Week 3

Building on what we learned in Week Two, we'll add cool colors to our neutral palette. Starting in our sketchbooks to see what color combinations light us up, we'll use this information to create our main project of four+ 6" x 6" collages, adding an image transfer and a shape.  

PLEASE  NOTE:  Between week's 3 and 4, there will be a rest week, although I'll still be hosting a LIVE Q&A. 

You will receive 6 weeks of new lessons, and my heart-filled support all 7 weeks that we're together.


Again building on what we learned the week before, we'll explore how our warm and neutral papers work together as we create both warm up and main project collages. We will increase the size of our collages to  8"x8" and include a shape, word, and another type of focal point. 


Now we bring all our colors together - neutrals, cools and warms - as we first explore in our sketchbook what color combinations light us up. Using this information, we'll create our final mini-series of four+ 10"x10" collages, this time adding a shape, word, mark and two types of focal points.


Our final week is about finishing our collection of 16+ collages, including titling, signing, sealing, varnishing, waxing, and then professionally mounting each artwork.  We'll end our heart-opening journey together with a final closing ceremony, reflecting on all we learned along the way.

  • Catherine Rains

    “I did not think I would gain that much from this class... I had done collage years ago and did not expect to learn anything new.  But I was wrong!  This was a great class, with lots of new, exciting ideas and techniques to try.  Thank you Catherine!   ”

  • Catherine Rains

    “I like your process of working in stages - the foundation, colors, textures and then the finishes are lined up and ready for the "job site". It feels like being the interior designer for a new neighborhood.  I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you and listening to your voice build in energy and enthusiasm as you create... I deeply appreciate your time and direction.  I leave with head and heart filled with inspiration and a readiness to begin.  ”

How long to I get to keep COLLAGE JOY?

You have unlimited LIFETIME access to this workshop, which means for as long as Catherine Rains, LLC is in business offering online courses.

What supplies do I need?

You probably already have what you need to create stunning collage papers and your collage series.  Watch the "Suggested Supplies" and "Choosing your color palette" videos in Week One's lesson before purchasing anything as you might have most of what you need to enjoy this COLLAGE JOY. 

How do I view the lessons?

You can access the prerecorded video lessons from most mobile devices and computers with high speed internet. A new set of recorded lessons will be released every Monday starting January 23rd.

A recording of the weekly Facebook Live Q&A events will be stored on the workshop platform under the week it occurred, as well as being available within our private FaceBook group.  

Once I sign up, then what happens?

You will receive a confirmation email as soon as you sign up.  Login instructions will be sent to the email you used during registration.  If this is the first time you are taking a class from me, you will receive a random password for the classroom site. Once you are logged in, you will be able to go into your setting and change the password.  If you took COLLAGE KICKSTART, this class will automatically be added to your existing member account, assuming you used the same email when registering. 

When does the workshop begin?

You will receive Week One - Part One as soon as you sign up.  This will give you lots of time gather supplies, choose your color palette, organize your collage papers, glaze the papers that don't match your choosen palette. and go on 3 fun treasure hunts.  Once the registration doors close on January 22, Week One - Part Two will become available. Week Two's lessons will be available the following Monday, and you'll get a new set of recorded lessons every Monday after that. 

What is your cancelation policy?

You have 14 days from the day you signed up to go through the available lessons and decide whether this workshop and myself as a teacher is a fit for your learning style.  I want you to be delighted with what I'm sharing and if you aren't, simply contact my team at and we'll happily refund your full purchase price.

What level of artist is this suitable for?

This class is intended for all levels of artists, from those just beginning to explore mixed media to those who already exhibit their art. I will be sharing my personal step-by-step process for creating intuitive collage. As with any workshop you take, you will naturally integrate the parts that resonate  no matter your artistic level.  

How can I connect with other students?

You will be invited to join a private FaceBook group where you can share what you are creating, cheer each other on, and ask me questions throughout our time together.

You are not required to join this group, and can still connect to the community through the comment section of each lesson. In the event you don't use FB, you might consider setting up a private FaceBook page exclusively for this workshop so that you can participate in the weekly LIVE Q&A event, and then delete your account when COLLAGE JOY is over.  A recording of the weekly LIVE Q&A will be stored on the workshop platform, so you don't need Facebook to view the recording.

Can I go at my own pace, or do I have to keep up with the group?

You have the option of completing each week's recorded lessons the same week they are released, or whenever you feel inspired. With lifetime access to the 6 weeks of lessons, you cannot get behind.  I encourage you follow your own inner rhythm as you move through each week's lessons.

When is the next time you'll be offering COLLAGE JOY?

After the doors close on January 22, I won't be offering COLLAGE JOY again until the end of 2023, and maybe not until 2024.  Plus, it will not be offered at this discounted price again. If this is not a good time to devote to art making, but you are interested in taking COLLAGE JOY, you might consider signing up now and complete the lessons when your schedule allows it. 

I promise to hold nothing back during our 7 weeks together.

From how to create those thin white circles, to creating a composition that "works", to mounting your art to a cradled board,  I'm sharing all I know, and will answer any question you ask!

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  • Catherine Rains

    “The workshop was really awesome!  It was truly well designed.  The lessons are very well organized and your instructions clear, explicit and coherent.  I'm always found collaging a difficult task, but now I'm totally inspired and ready to give it a try. ”

  • Catherine Rains

    “This workshop was just what I needed.  I was stuck in the same old techniques, and a little bored. All of the stenciling with new products like joint compound of all things, was so much fun.  And you were right Cat, it is absolutely addicting.  I now have a huge pile of papers I created alongside you that I can use for my own collaging.  Your teaching style is simple and comfortable, no overwhelming supply lists... Thank you for this awesome experience.  ”


Hi, I'm Cat!


As a collage artist for over 25 years, my intention is to create from a connected and joy-filled place, and inspire you to do the same. 


COLLAGE JOY reflects this intention as we listen to our deepest desires, and create art that reflects what we most want in our lives. I would be truly honored if joined me in taking this heart-opening art journey together!


I'm so touched that you stayed to the end.

Perhaps that is your heart saying "this for me"?

If you have any additional questions about whether COLLAGE JOY is right for you , please do not hesitate to connect with me HERE.

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I can't wait to welcome you to the COLLAGE JOY classroom!

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