How to Incorporate Collage Into Your Life

Collage is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on asingle surface various materials not normally associatedwith one another, as newspaper clippings, parts ofphotographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope.”  Collaging might be intimidating to incorporate into your work or confusing in general.  There are several types of collage such as photo collage, minimalist collage, and  using collage as a type of mixed media.

In Artwork:

Tools You’ll need: xacto knife, ruler, matte gel medium glue works the best, assortment of paper, cutting board

Step 1: You can get started by looking up some collage artists to get ideas of the various ways collage can be used.  There’s Romare Bearden, David Hockney (photo collage), and Nerina Cocchi Zecchini to name a few.

Step 2: Get together different magazines and types of paper, newspapers, even old photographs that you can use in your work.  Don’t be afraid to rip up old sketches and paintings to build off of for a fresh new piece.  I recommend keeping these miscellaneous pieces of paper in a shoebox so everything is somewhat organized.

Step 3: It’s usually easiest to begin with a scrap of an old drawing or painting as I mentioned earlier.  Another option is to use an old drawing or painting as the background paper and work from there.  I am beginning with a failed watercolor drawing and then gluing on a scrap of an old sketch.


Step 4: Experiment! Try sewing wire onto canvas or beginning with a drawing, collaging, then painting over that.  Collage is a great way to get eye catching textures in your work.

In the Home:

Why not collage personal home decor when it’s so easy?

Tools You’ll Need:

All tools above, family photo and frame

Step 1: Begin with a family photo, a portrait works best.

Step 2: Cut out the family using an xacto knife.

Step 3: Here you have two options: a)You can then trace the cut out picture of the family onto another piece of paper to get an interesting silhouette, and paste this new silhouette portrait onto a new surface.  An example would be putting the silhouette on an old piece of recycled wood or a canvas.  or b) You can paste the picture silhouette that you have just cut out onto another picture making a cool collaged image.