Most of us have created a collage at some point or the other – most commonly as teens, when we pasted fun photographs of friends and family on some chart paper, or put together a vision board with some images and text. But collage can be so much more than that!
Getting started with collage: supplies
Gather together images, newspaper and magazine clippings, painted and handmade paper, ribbon, thread, photographs, and anything else that can be glued onto a page or canvas board and you have the makings of a collage.
Add in some paints, pens and charcoal, and you are well on your way to creating mixed media collage pieces that are super easy and fun!
For best results, use matte medium or mod-podge to glue your collage pieces down. While you could use a glue stick, I’ve found that the paper starts to peel off after some time. I also don’t like using Fevicol because it’s thicker than matte medium or mod podge, it’s hard to spread easily, and creates wrinkles and air bubbles in the image, which is not the look I’m after.
Collage techniques: a quick and dirty primer
So now that you have scavenged up some collage supplies from around the house, what can you do with them?
Should you just glue down a few images and words and call it done? Or maybe try photo montages (combining different images to create a new scene)? How can you incorporate paints and pens and make the collage look cohesive instead of a mere collection of different images?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Stick to a color palette. Draw out images and patterned and colored paper in a harmonious palette. Add in some text pages or some textured paper or solid colored paper to create areas where your eyes can rest.
Collage in a contained area. Go as wild with color and images as you like – then paint the rest of the area with one or two colors. You could create some organic texture in the “calm spaces” for interest.
Combine bold images with line work and words to create one-of-a-kind journal pages that are visually and emotionally appealing to you. (Teesha Moore does this beautifully)
Mixed media collages
Collage also lends itself beautifully to painting and mixed media. You can use it as a background layer for texture and interest, or you can use collage elements as the main composition of your piece.
Here’s an interesting mixed media art collage video I found on YouTube. I hope it gives you some interesting ideas that you can use in your art journals!
Put this lesson to work: Which of these tips rocked your socks? Create an art journal page using any one (or maybe a combination) of these tips. I added some collage – scraps from an old book and some scrapbook paper – to yesterday’s brush play page. This page is going to evolve as we go along – as of now, I still don’t know what the end result will look like!
Those are nice tips and tricks…. Fevicol wrinkles are worst enemy of paper art….
That they are!!
Wow Shinjin, my 8 year old is a sucker for art and craft and lo behold we have a great piece of information to go ahead with her passion. Thank you. ?
You’re welcome! Hope she enjoys making some arty collages. 🙂
And where do we find those design stencils? It’s a brilliant video
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Check crafterscorner.in – they have a huge variety of stencils and other gorgeous art/craft supplies.
Loved that collage by Teesha Moore.
Maybe I’ll make one with old news papers stuck haphazardly and throw in some color to give it a vintage feel. Very basic, I know. If I do it, I’ll share pics 😀
Oh do it! I love those vintage feel pieces. And do share; I’d love to see 🙂
Def! Now that I finally have the time, I might. Let’s see how it turns out 🙂
Yay! I’m looking forward to seeing what you create! 🙂
I love collages with a whole ot of newpaper cuttings and pics thrown in, along with a dab of colour on the edges. It is like as though the whole collage is bursting to the seams to convey a message. HAd tried it out for a social event and it worked wonders. I loved your idead of creating organic textures, somehting I have never tried.
Yeah – those collages look awesome! I’ve never had too much luck with making those look cohesive, somehow, so I just admire them when I see them. 🙂
Quick and Dirty ! I loved that. I think collages are a great way of creating art without actually ‘drawing’ and ‘painting’. It’s my favourite kind of art work. The three little houses are gorgeous.
Yup, that they are! Those houses are cute, right? I’ve been wanting to do a version of this piece since a while – hopefully once April craziness is over, I’ll finally tackle it. 🙂
This is something I must try out in the holidays! I wanted to create a nice book with unused papers I’ve torn out from used books, and I think I can use this collage idea as a cover for the book! 🙂
Will surely share it with you when it’s done!
Awesome post, Shinjini ?❤
Oh that’s an excellent idea! I would love to see it when it’s done!!
I once created something like this in a scrapbook for a friend. Thou it was time consuming (for me) and dirty, it was worth it.
Creating something is always worth it! 😀
MY personal favorite till yet. I love Collage. Last collage i made was during college and never tried after that. Bookmarking the post. I will definitely try this now. Combining mixed media and collage is great. Thanks for sharing Shinjini . This is a boon for art lovers.
Excellent! I’d love to see what you create, so do share whenever you’re done!
i have to be doing something creative – i haven’t tried collage yet, maybe I will! C is for Edith Cavell #AtoZ Blog Challenge
I hope you do; I’d love to see what you create!
That’s so cool…doubt I’ll ever try it but who knows? 🙂
Sanch @ Sanch Writes
Never say never! 😉
The newspaper collages are a forgotten art these days I think in the age of digital art. Loved making them in school craft
I’m pretty sure it will make a revival soon enough. Analogue is slowly being reclaimed, after all! 😉
I have tried decoupage too, on old military boxes pasting and lathering and layering in everything from little post-it notes to DVD artwork to business-reply envelopes. This is such satisfying art. Thanks for this primer.
Oh yes, decoupage is very interesting too! I’ve never really tried it, though. Maybe I should!
Collages are so much fun and can be so awesome. I have to admit I haven’t tried a mixed media one since I was at school though.
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Maybe this will inspire you to try one soon? 🙂
Took me back to my school days when we used to tear pictures from old magazines and make them for competitions:)
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Yes, I think most of us have created collage in school and college!
Liked the tips and suggestions for making a collage. As you mentioned, gluestick makes the pics peel off after some time and fevicol creates wrinkles and air bubbles in the image, so what’s the best adhesive to use?
Stay tuned – you’ll know soon! 😀
I see myself trying the mixed media collages… keeping it in the background and allowing something specific to hold center stage.
Oh brilliant! Do share whenever you make something – I would love to see!!
I had gifted a photo collage recently to my dearest friend on her b’day. Had used old newspapers a the base of and it gave a wonderful look. Like a fusion mix of old and new.
Photo collages are a lot of fun – I haven’t tried using newspaper as a base; maybe I will next time. Great idea!
When I think of collage – I can only go as far as picasa or layout. This one is arty and looked so beautiful!
lol! Those are collage too – digital collage! And there’s lots you can do with a couple of apps and an iPhone 😉
This is absolutely breathtaking. I never realised there was a science of technique behind collage making. I’d just slap stuff together. of course, I am grossly un-talented, so that’s my excuse 😉 You’re patient, woman!
Oh, there is! And I haven’t mastered that technique too well, which is why I use collage in the background and then hide it all under layers of paint! 😉
I love Collages. And these are some amazing tips for a novice person like me. I still got A and B to cover now !
Hope you can apply them, and share whatever you make!
I used to love making photo collages on black paper. Using photos with torn edges appealed more than complete straight-edged pictures. And the contrast against black paper. Now, of course, it’s all digital!
Loved reading these tips.
Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com
Oh yes, tearing the edges off photos and using a contrasting paper makes for powerful collages!
Collages are such fun to make. When my sister and I were in our teens we made a huge one – 4ft by 6ft with all our favourite ads (with lots of good looking men thrown in of course!). It took many many days yet was nowhere artistic. We loved it though and it filled up our tiny room. What you’ve put up here are beautiful. Another thing to try with the kids this summer.
Collages are fun, indeed! I’ve made many using ads and hunky men too when I was young and carefree 😉
Half way through, I would’ve thought it was nothing but a mess! Well that’s what how much I know about art. The end product looks brilliant. I hope you finish your collage soon 🙂
I collage a lot in my art journal, I love it so much. Your collages are divine!
(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Good luck on the rest of your A to Z challenge
Sylvia @ The Creative Life
It’s fun for sure! And thank you 🙂
Loved the collage, shall definitely share these tips with my 7 year old daughter 🙂
Hope she enjoys them!!
I used to do a lot of collage in school… Haven’t done this in a while. You posts are making me feel like dropping everything and start creating something.
I love collages.. i think they are the basis for dream boards 🙂 lovely video.. d 1 thing i didnt understand was, why put those lovely prints 1st, and then cover it all up? for texture/layers?