What you’ll need
Sturdy Background Paper
Magazines And Newspapers
All Kinds Of Interest-ing Papers
Collage is simply gluing various materials on to a background paper.
The background paper for a collage is called the ”format”. Choose something sturdy!
With every art project it’s important to get to know your tools. With collage, the tool is scissors!
The round hole in the scissors is the thumb hole. Remember: thumbs up when cutting!
When carrying scissors, or handing them to a friend, hold blades with a closed fist, pointed down.
To get started, draw a circle on scrap paper to practice cutting. Start near an edge to save paper.
First cut away extra paper to make it easier to hold and cut the shape you want.
Practice turning the paper while your scissors stay still and cut!
Now gather more materials. Choose colors, textures, patterns and pictures that inspire you!
Practice cutting out other shapes. With photos, try cutting out parts instead of the whole thing!
Sometimes the shape left behind after cutting, called the ”negative shape”, can be interesting.
You can even use parts of your own drawings and combine in unusual ways!
Before gluing, just experiment: try different papers together, move things around, see what works!
Begin gluing background pieces first. Apply glue to back of paper, getting all edges and middle.
Place glue-side down on format. Gently press all around from the middle out to the edges.
Glue down the next layer. Here the blue truck shape helps find the best placement for the birds.
Continue to glue down pieces one by one. Attention to each piece makes for good craftsmanship!
You may find some collage materials that are see-through and fun to layer.
Before you finish, check if you have any loose corners or floppy edges. Add some glue to re-attach.