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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Choose the background. This can be as simple as using a cereal box, a book cover, a Bingo card, a canvas, etc.
- Choose items to add to the collage, like images, plain paper, found objects, buttons, keys, etc.
- 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.
Learn Collage and Get Inspired
Craft Supplies for Making Collages - Click a small image to enlarge it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
(n., plural): paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles
Photos of Mixed Media -- Altered Art - Click a small image to enlarge it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Collages by Etsy Seller Gathered Together - These links correspond to the photos immediately above.
- Butterfly Collage Vintage Book Paper by GatheredTogether on Etsy
There are so many species and intricately shaped Butterflies! I had know idea, until I started making this collage. I love the shades of the papers I found. This silhouette collage is made on a canvas board that I layered with many colors of paint an
- A Tree Grows Through Our Comfy Home by GatheredTogether on Etsy
Leaves, Vintage Book, Paper Mache House, Vintage Paper and Illustrations! Yeah...all the things I love. I had so much fun getting back to letting my imagination really be in charge on this piece !
Mixed Media Project Ideas - Use Your Imagination and Make a Collage
- claudine hellmuth's blog: retro * whimsical art and illustration
blog by claudine hellmuth: art and illustrations with a retro * whimsical twist
- my collage art ~ nancy lefko
I am a stay at home mom and mixed media collage artist living in Southern New Hampshire. I enjoy all things vintage and create collages with a nod to the past.
- Collage Art by AnitaNH
"I am known in real life as Anita Muise. I first began making collage art in December of 2003 after discovering the method described by Jonathan Talbot. The work of Roderick Slater has been inspirational."
- Megan Coyle: Collage Artist
A Day in the Life of an Artist, BlabberArt: Interviews and Talks, In the Studio: Original Collage Art, The Adventures of Bosty
Collage Ideas -- Materials for Making Collages - Click a small image to enlarge it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Do you make collages?
Do you make collages?
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
Teacher's Guide: Making Collages for Kids
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