- Arts and Design
Collage Ideas and How to Make A Collage
You Will Find Some Great Collage Ideas Here!
Collage is a fun easy way to use your creative talents. Once you have made your first collage the world will be your oyster!
I have recently updated this page for 2014, collage is timeless and I hope you enjoy it.
There is such freedom in the art of collage. Basically you can do whatever you like. There are no rules, you just go for it!
If you have never tried to make a Collage then now is the time. Its such fun. I have also included links to many FREE collage sheets that you can use. All you need to do is just scroll down a little.
This picture is my own original collage copyright Di McDonald 2013-2014
Go In The Directions Of Your Dreams - One of my original collages
Grab my favorite paint pens now....they are the BEST!
My favorite pens for working on my collages. These metallics are just yummy
You just MUST have the yellow medium point....it and the other colors are fabulous.
The Oil Based pens are great if you like to use watercolors or paint over your pen work.
You can never have enough white paint pens:-)
A fantastic Flip though... - Wonderful Collage work
Collage Making Ideas
One of the best ways to start a collage is to gather a number of magazines together. I love the very arty funky art magazines and the Oprah magazine is very good for collecting text. As with all creativity its best to be very relaxed and not over think things.
I have a lot of people writing to ask me what are good topics for collage. Well any topic is just fine, but its even better,
to start with no topic at all.
What you do is get those magazines and go through them looking at the pictures. Every now and again for no reason you will want to rip one out and you need to do this. There seems to be some attraction to certain pictures when we are in creative mode. I can't really explain it but to say that you will know. You will just know! Keep ripping till you have been through all the magazines and you have a pile of pictures.
The next step is to look through the pics and just rip around the parts of the pics you like best and glue them onto your collage backing one by one. You may choose to use two or up to twelve pics together. You can overlap them or keep them apart, whatever you want to do is fine.
Once you have all your pics in place ( and I must mention that even if they make no sense to anyone it is still fine.......they were what your creative instincts were telling you to use.) It is now time to find some text that will work over the pics or around the pics. If you like you can cut each letter out separately, or you may decide to cut out words and paste them together. Use different sizes, shapes and colors because they look great all mixed up.
If you can learn to let go and trust your creative self, you will be amazed at what you come up with. It feels very satisfying to finish a collage intuitively. Have fun.
This is the Cover Of My Collage JournaL - Original Collage Created By Di McDonald
I covered the front and back covers with clear tape to protect the collage.
FREE Collage Sheets to use in your work.
Just click the blue text
Inspired By Nature Video - Incredible "must See" collage work
She Stood In The Storm by Di McDonald
I just LOVE this quote by the late Elizabeth Edwards, so I had to do a page about it.
Make Your Collage Pictures Unique! - ANother Original Collage by me *******Di McDonald
When you are collageing, you need to remember to disguise your pictures, especially if they are from magazines. Faces are the most important to change around as they may be of famous people or models. This could be a copyright issue.! The best thing to do is to alter the eyes or mouth and add some kind of different hat or hair. I like to cut out some eyes from another image and paste them on top of the collage eyes I am using on the page. You can also do this with a mouth. It gives the collage a really funky look and no one will know the face.
Sometimes I like to add eyelashes or make the mouth bigger with pens. Some people actually add some animal parts to the face. Feel free to do whatever feels right at the time. You can always cover it up again if you don't like it. That's the fantastic thing about Collage.
THis picture is of my own original collage, it is copyright Di McDonald 2012
Papps By Di McDonald - This collage is about the paparazzi
Fabulous Art Collage
More Incredible FREE Collage Sheets
Just click on the blue text
Girl with a Grape in Her Mouth by Di McDonald
TIP: Make sure you brush medium or glue over the complete magazine image otherwise a few months later her nose will look like the one of this collage:-)
Beautiful Like You! by Di McDonald - Strange how art works out.
This collage was about the fact that everyone has their own beauty, we are all unique and we are all beautiful no matter what.
I used one eye that had heavy black makeup on it.
It was only later that I worried that people would think the woman had been beaten up. It was never intended to say that its ok to be beaten...no way!!!
When you make art you can never know what the outcome will be:-)
So You Want To Know How to Make a Collage?
Here Are Some Tips on One Way of Making a Collage
1: If this is your first time I would use a page of cardstock the same size as a piece of copy paper. Later on when you are confident you can upsize to canvas's or whatever you like.
2: Decide what colours you want to use for a start. I usually chose 3-4 colours as the main features.
3: Gather all your materials together and wear some old clothes.
4: The sorts of materials you need are PVA white glue, water it down 1 part glue to 1/8th Part water.
Scrapbook and handmade paper ( little bits)
Tiny scraps of glittery fabric.
Acrylic Paints, rubber stamps and stamp pads, some magazine or photocopied pictures that you love and some words, you can cut the letters out separately from magazines or buy letters to stick on from scrapbook shops..
5: Start by ripping the pictures out and instead of cutting them rip them all the way around so they have lovely uneven edges.
6: I start by coating my surface with acrylic paints or Lumiere Halo paints. Let this dry.
7: Start ripping out small pieces of decorated papers and gluing them on the card with the pva glue. Also brush over the top of them while its all wet.
8: Glue on your pictures and cover them with glue also.
9: Add in little pieces of fabric.
10: Now start gluing down another layer over the top. At this point I love to use coloured and printed tissue paper as it is nearly transparent when dry and gives a wonderful look.
11: Mix some clear glaze with acrylic paint and paint over places that you would like to see more colour.
12: Add more layers building up till you are happy with it. Don't forget to cover everything each time with the watered down PVA. It will dry clear.
13: Add a little more paint into the wet PVA in places.
14: Let everything dry.
15: Decide if you want to draw on top, then add the letters and words. Add more fabric if you need to.
That's it, finished. Easy wasn't it?
This picture is of my own original collage, copyright Di McDonald 2012
Art Washes From The Soul...by Di McDonald - Cute Collage
Mixed Media Collage
Princess by Di McDonald - A Journal Page
Quite often I collage a journal page. I love the way it looks in a journal.
Collage Making TOPICS
Here is a list of topics to help you get started on your collage:
Giving to others
Collage a wall
Collage a mirror
Artist Trading Cards
Law of attraction
Best rock concert
Make More Art by Di McDonald - LOve the quote!
Collage Art journal flip Pixiedust
Talk About Art By Di McDonald - Arty Friends are Fabulous!
Evolution of a collaged image - Step By Step Visual Instructions
Tips on Finding FREE stuff to use in your collages
Collage Ideas For Everyone - How to make a collage
In Your Opinion Which Is The Best Book About Collage Making ???
Art Is A Way Of Life by Di McDonald - I love to collage
Art journal page: collage with magazine cutouts - WOW!!!
Sanity Begins the moment you realize you are powerless over others by Di McDonald - So TRUE!!!
Collage Art Techniques I
Here are some other fun sites you might enjoy!
- Art Journals
Full of information, pictures and videos to help you with your art journals
- Altered Books
Full of information, pictures and videos to help you make some altered books
- Wool Felting
Fabulous Lenses full of tips and information, videos and pictures of how to make felt
- Fabric Books
Great lens full of pictures videos and information about making fabric books
- 52 Days of Collage Art Journaling
Like a blog with weekly collage art pages and how to's
- Start an art Journal
How to get started with your new art Journal
- Make your own Craft Stamps
Showing how to make craft stamps from cardboard and cheap craft foam
How To Use Your Collage Ideas In Your Home
Make a collage on a canvas
There are many ways to use the Collages you make or even decorate household accessories with your collage.
You can collage around a photo frame or collage all over a jewelry box, there are many creative ways to make a collage work in your home.
Collage pages can be made into art or visual journals. In fact many artists start their days by doing a collage in their Visual Journal.
You may decide like I did, to decorate your home with big collage art works on canvases.They certainly give people something to talk about when they come to visit.
Another fun thing to do with your collages is to cut them up into the size of regular playing cards and make them into Artist Trading cards to swap with other artists.
If you want to be really wacky, I love the idea of cutting them into 1 inch x 1 inch squares and sen ding out a bunch of them to artist friends in an envelope, with the hope that they will send you some back.
Another thing you can do with those tiny pieces is glue one onto the front of an Art Journal and give them away as a gift.
The last idea I have is to cut them up then glue them back together again in a different way to make a completely new collage.
The main idea is to have fun and really enjoy what you are doing. Try not to judge your work at all.
Now Its Your Turn To Squidoo!
Now it's your turn....
Make your own Squidoo lens
Squidoo is a fantastic place to create a web site (called a lens). You can share your ideas on gadgets, crafting, arts, food or whatever's on your mind and maybe even make a few $$ along the way....oh and did I tell you it's FREE!
Click here to start your Lens
Grab some paint pens now...they are just the Best for this type of art:-)
A great set to get your started, you will love these:-)
I love my Metallic paint pens and use them all the time....so will you.
These ones have fatter nibs....perfect for doing dots and coloring in.
Everyone needs an extra fine point black pen and this is wonderful for journaling and outlining,
Don't forget the white pen....so opaque.... one of the most frequently used pens.