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Making Collages

Updated on October 7, 2014

Make Art Collages

Making collages is a craft that all ages can enjoy. Face it, it's fun to cut and paste! And with computers you can do all of your cutting and pasting online to create art collages, if you want! Collage is also called mixed media, altered art, art collage, and probably 20 other names.

Kids can make collages using construction paper and pictures cut from magazines to tell a story. All sorts of materials are used to make art collages: as the base, just about anything can be used such as the vintage book page shown here.

Other good materials are covers of books and cardboard if you're planning for a more natural look. Then literally anything can be added to create the collage: clip art, photos, inside of decorative envelopes, ribbons, buttons, lace, trinkets to name a few.

Photo of art collage of vintage dictionary page printed with a vintage chicken, clip art of power lines and stamped with brown flowers.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Making Picture Collages -- Dictionary Art - Click a small image to enlarge it.

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Art collage of floral graphics printed on ephemera with clip art and letters spelling "cheep."All of these photos by Peggy Hazelwood.Bingo card art collage with vintage book illustration clip art and vintage button.Give me a C! Framed art collage using a painted frame, scrap book paper covered letter, and three polymer clay faces.Art collage Easter cards.Making collages on a clipboard is a unique approach.Another vintage Bingo card art collage.Vintage graphics printed in color on vintage book page.Vintage graphics printed on vintage page from child's encyclopedia.Angry moon staring at a brown frog.Book page art collage with vintage graphics.
Art collage of floral graphics printed on ephemera with clip art and letters spelling "cheep."All of these photos by Peggy Hazelwood.
Art collage of floral graphics printed on ephemera with clip art and letters spelling "cheep." All of these photos by Peggy Hazelwood.
Bingo card art collage with vintage book illustration clip art and vintage button.
Bingo card art collage with vintage book illustration clip art and vintage button.
Give me a C! Framed art collage using a painted frame, scrap book paper covered letter, and three polymer clay faces.
Give me a C! Framed art collage using a painted frame, scrap book paper covered letter, and three polymer clay faces.
Art collage Easter cards.
Art collage Easter cards.
Making collages on a clipboard is a unique approach.
Making collages on a clipboard is a unique approach.
Another vintage Bingo card art collage.
Another vintage Bingo card art collage.
Vintage graphics printed in color on vintage book page.
Vintage graphics printed in color on vintage book page.
Vintage graphics printed on vintage page from child's encyclopedia.
Vintage graphics printed on vintage page from child's encyclopedia.
Angry moon staring at a brown frog.
Angry moon staring at a brown frog.
Book page art collage with vintage graphics.
Book page art collage with vintage graphics.

Scrapbook Paper for Collages - Beautiful Choices to Use as a Base or Embellishments

Make a Free Collage

Making collages is so much fun. You can make a free collage with items around the house. Of course you can go a little crazy and buy some nice scrap book paper, stamps, ink pads, and on and on. This is an addictive craft that is so fun! I use some of my art collages for greeting cards and as wall hangings.

You could also make them into invitations or as magnets for the fridge, locker, or filing cabinet to dress up your metal. The list of uses is endless!

  1. Gather your mixed media supplies. Examples of good items to use include (but certainly not restricted to) the following: book covers, book pages, ribbon, photos, illustrations from ads or books, old keys, found objects like bottle caps and old game pieces, lace, and so much more.
  2. You'll also need some basic craft tools: scissors, glue, ink pads, stamps, paint, staples, etc. It really just depends on what you plan to do.
  3. Choose the background. This can be as simple as using a cereal box, a book cover, a Bingo card, a canvas, etc.
  4. Choose items to add to the collage, like images, plain paper, found objects, buttons, keys, etc.
  5. Lay out the collage. Place items the way you want them before gluing or affixing them. If you want, photograph them then you can refer to the photo when you begin laying it out and gluing them for real.

Craft Supplies for Making Collages - Click a small image to enlarge it.

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I started with vintage book pages for all of these collages. Then I printed vintage graphics on each page (one or two).I selected some book illustrations to glue on the collage.Craft supplies:  rubber stamps, stamp ink, glueDistressed edges of clip art.Rubber stamped flowers on art collage.
I started with vintage book pages for all of these collages. Then I printed vintage graphics on each page (one or two).
I started with vintage book pages for all of these collages. Then I printed vintage graphics on each page (one or two).
I selected some book illustrations to glue on the collage.
I selected some book illustrations to glue on the collage.
Craft supplies:  rubber stamps, stamp ink, glue
Craft supplies: rubber stamps, stamp ink, glue
Distressed edges of clip art.
Distressed edges of clip art.
Rubber stamped flowers on art collage.
Rubber stamped flowers on art collage.

Ephemera

(n., plural): paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles

Source: Merriam-Webster

Photos of Mixed Media -- Altered Art - Click a small image to enlarge it.

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Butterfly collage by Gathered Together, Etsy seller. Links provided below.Altered art, mixed media, collage all shown off in this three-dimensional art piece by Gathered Together. See link below.
Butterfly collage by Gathered Together, Etsy seller. Links provided below.
Butterfly collage by Gathered Together, Etsy seller. Links provided below.
Altered art, mixed media, collage all shown off in this three-dimensional art piece by Gathered Together. See link below.
Altered art, mixed media, collage all shown off in this three-dimensional art piece by Gathered Together. See link below.

Collage Ideas -- Materials for Making Collages - Click a small image to enlarge it.

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Vintage book illustration suitable for making collages.All of these photos by Peggy Hazelwood.Use containers to make collages. Layer paper to add interest.Vintage sewing pattern graphics for art collage.Book page full of text, suitable for collage making.Vintage sewing pattern instructions. The directions and illustrations look great in collages.Child's book color illustrations for art collages.Black and white book text and illustrations.Punch text for art collage.Cookbook recipes and line drawings for making collages.Mixed media collage using a book cover for the base and found objects like fabric, lace, skeleton key, and polymer clay/vintage button tile.
Vintage book illustration suitable for making collages.All of these photos by Peggy Hazelwood.
Vintage book illustration suitable for making collages. All of these photos by Peggy Hazelwood.
Use containers to make collages. Layer paper to add interest.
Use containers to make collages. Layer paper to add interest.
Vintage sewing pattern graphics for art collage.
Vintage sewing pattern graphics for art collage.
Book page full of text, suitable for collage making.
Book page full of text, suitable for collage making.
Vintage sewing pattern instructions. The directions and illustrations look great in collages.
Vintage sewing pattern instructions. The directions and illustrations look great in collages.
Child's book color illustrations for art collages.
Child's book color illustrations for art collages.
Black and white book text and illustrations.
Black and white book text and illustrations.
Punch text for art collage.
Punch text for art collage.
Cookbook recipes and line drawings for making collages.
Cookbook recipes and line drawings for making collages.
Mixed media collage using a book cover for the base and found objects like fabric, lace, skeleton key, and polymer clay/vintage button tile.
Mixed media collage using a book cover for the base and found objects like fabric, lace, skeleton key, and polymer clay/vintage button tile.

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Television is becoming a collage -

there are so many channels that you move

through them making a collage yourself.

In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.

~ David Hockney

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Button Crafts
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Lace Crafts
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Rope Crafts
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Matchbox Crafts
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    • Stacy Birch profile image

      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Great work.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I was wondering about the definition of "ephemera."

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I came to this lens through a link form gottloveit's senior crafts lens. I never expected to find such good tips (although I should have, knowing you!). Taking a picture of your layout is genius. And, using collages as greeting cards -- so clever!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      Fun lens...I've never done a cut and paste collage but do digital collages these days...it's all great art with or without paste.

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      travelbroad 6 years ago

      I stopped by and I'm glad I did. The butterfly collage seems to play a trick on me as it looks like the butterflies are moving.Somehow, the words make the butterflies pop.

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      beckyf 6 years ago

      I love to collage, both digital and cut and paste.

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very pretty. Some real nice ideas. Maybe I will start collaging again.

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Rolling this over to my Senior citizen craft lens. We love to make collages (well, we used to...).

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      I am a collage fanatic. People hide their magazines when they see me coming with scissors. I started making them in college and have never quit. I find making them to be very healing and therapeutic as well as using them as a vision board. I had a friend who was an art therapist who highly recommended it.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I just love making collages! they are such great fun , and you can work with many textures to create a fabulous effect!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anonymous: Nancy, love your work. Thanks for dropping by!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just helped my in sister to make her collage a few weeks ago

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing my link. You've gathered great resources here.

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      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      What a fun article! I haven't made collages in years, but your article has inspired me to give it a try again. Thanks

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Haven't made collages since my college days. Used to love to make them. Well written lens.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I save all sorts of cute graphics and bits of paper. This would be a great way to use these.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I think collages are fun to make. You can really let your creativity loose and there are no rules. :)