Get lost in creativity. Chase away winter ho-hum with an artsy project. Collage is the perfect medium to color outside the lines. So throw out the rules and join me in the fun of collage with these three easy tips.
Rummage through your junk drawer, stroll an antique shop or flea market. Second-hand and stationary shops are great supply sources too. Seek flat objects such as greeting cards, lace, ribbon, doilies, vintage comics, magazines, photographs. Don't forget about old sample books such as wallpaper, paint color samples or even fabric swatches ... Stamps, stickers, stationary and gift wrap paper all work well. Include tissue papers, cellophane, and even wax paper if you want a translucent look.
Too many choices? Pick a theme. This can be a hobby like gardening, or a passion like cooking or perhaps, simply focus on one color.
Gesso stretched canvas is my preferred surface to collage. The linen absorbs the glue and can be hung on the wall almost immediately after completing your art piece.
Modge-Podge is a glue that adheres well and dries clear. It can be purchased at any craft store and comes in gloss or matte. If you like bling, there is also a "sparkle" version.
Brushes can be used, but I often find my fingers do most of the work, tearing shapes, layering textures, applying the glue.
I like acrylic paint as it dries quickly.In addition to painting realistic images, try swirling and dragging a comb's teeth through the acrylic for texture. Use the pointy end of your paint brush to scribble in the wet paint and make a fascinating pattern. When wet, acrylics also acts as a glue so you can use its color to adhere papers. Try thinning down the paint with water so there is just a tint of color, this will let the prominent color of the paper shine through, while letting the hint of color add depth.
Lastly, once the collage is dry, I use U-V spray. A thin coat of protective ultraviolet covering is suggested to prevent colors from fading.
If you're a novice to the art world, or a professional, often camaraderie enhances the experience. Round up your family or a few friends and create a party. The commitment of setting a date assures the project will get completed, and it's a perfect atmosphere to trade some of the treasures you've gathered to collage.
Then, let loose! Simply toss your worries away and begin tearing, cutting, shredding, layering, lifting, blotting, printing. I think you'll find lightheartedness surrounding you once you get lost in the application of collage.