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DIY @ Home Craft: Collage for Beginners!

example of a collage project

May 20, 2020

You want to collage - but where to start?

Collage can be a great artistic medium to experiment with because it can be anything you want it to be! Collage affords you the ability to be messy, be creative, have fun and not have to focus too much on how “nice” your project looks. The very nature of collage also allows you to more easily cover up any parts of your project that you are unhappy with. There are a few different ways to approach your collage projects, which I'll briefly cover below.

With intuitive collage, you pull pieces that you’re drawn to, gather them all, and determine if there’s a pattern or a way to bring them all together. To do this, flip through magazines and cu out things that catch your eye. You can find scraps around your home that you want to include, too.

example of intuitive collage

For image-driven collage, sketch out the layout of the image you want to create or have a template to work off of. Using various sources, collect smaller pieces to create your final image. For example, you can collect scraps of blue paper to eventually create water; collecting red, white, and blue scraps to create a flag, etc. The kind of image you want to create will dictate the size, color and style of the images you find.

example of image-drive collage

You can also base the collage off of one image and add onto that. For example, you could use an image of a man’s head and hand-draw on a body, or using an image of half of a face and fill in the rest with other images to form the other half. You can use writing in the collage, or drawing, painting, anything you want. The possibilities are endless.

example 2 of image-driven collage

At the end of the day, if your project ends up being ugly, you can cover it up and make something else or even throw it away! It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon, use up scraps of paper or magazines, and there’s no pressure on you to create perfect images.

collage project thrown in the trash

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