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a simple form of art

A collage is and can be a very simple form, and also an inexpensive way of creating your very own personal type of artwork. A collage is an artistic composition consisting of flat materials fixed upon a picture surface. You can paste, tape, staple, tuck, nail, tack, and glue your specially selected items upon the surface. A collage can be simply made out of just about anything made of paper. You can also use anything you wish such as photographs, pictures out of magazines, baseball cards, greeting cards, etc.., There's no limit to what you can use on your collage as long as it's somewhat flat, and you can fix it to what you are using as a background securely. The background itself can be made of paper, cardboard, plastic, a piece of plywood or just about anything that you desire to use as long as it's flat. The background doesn't have to be square in shape, it can be round, triangular, or any other shape you choose. This is your artwork, so you should decide how you want it to look. The collage pictured above is one that I composed over time, and there are literally layers and layers over top of one another. I used anything that was colorful, which I liked at the time. There are old lottery tickets, ticket stubs, drink coasters, pictures cut out of newspapers, and the list goes on and on just like the energizer bunny rabbit. I even used plastic badges in this collage, and everything was fixed upon the heavy duty cardboard background with staples from your everyday household stapler. I know this subject isn't rocket science, but I just wanted to dedicate a hub to this long lost art form. You don't have to be in elementary school to enjoy making a collage out of things that you just aren't quite ready to throw away yet, and making collages is certainly among fun things to do when your bored on cold rainy days. I also wanted to share with you the collage in which I put together with thousands upon thousands of staples.

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molometer 4 years ago

What a clever idea. Often these things end up in cupboards and drawers, at least this way we get to see these things.

My daughter made some lovely collages of old photo's and they look great too.

Nice read.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

I like your colorful adult-made collage. I also enjoy doing that sort of thing to decorate my bedroom. I haven't made a collage but something similar with a shoe calendar from 2008. I love shoes and I am crazy about the sophisticated and unusual shoes represented in this particular calendar. Didn’t wanted to throw it away, didn’t wanted to stash it in a drawer, so I made a poster sort of thing in one of my walls. I enjoy every time I look at it.


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Cheeky Girl 4 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

I have a whole collage of stickers on my fridge. I love fridge magnets!


Deborah Sexton 4 years ago

Great Idea. I like any kind of Art.

But I love your collage.

It's time to make more.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You certainly have reminded me of the possibilities of art using simple material. It is inexpensive and it is a great way to express yourself. I used to have children do a collage in preschool for Fall using leaves, nuts and twigs. It was always a beautiful work of art. Now, I use collages in my college classes as an icebreaker or method of introducing subjects. It still is a great way to stimulate the mind's eye! Great hub!

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