Mixed Media Collage

Collage Takes on Many Forms

Collage is not just a collection of tear outs from magazines and books pasted onto a vision board. It is not just a series of images from one genre glued together to form a statement. Collage is far beyond what you would normally think.

Although collage is a simple art form when you first start out, it can evolve into some amazing, complex, and thought provoking images. Take a look at the steampunk clock image at the top of this post. This is a collection of gears and time pieces put together into the steampunk motif.

Below is another image of different type of collage. It is actually a complex work of art which incorporates different items with a paint overlay. It is absolutely stunning!

Collage and Paint

What Materials Do You Need?

As with any owrk of art, and in particular collage, the materials you put together will be personal in nature. In the image above the materials were gathered from the beach and then woven into an art display.

For your first collage, you should use images from magazines or print out digital images (from various sources including Pinterest, Pixabay, Pexels, etc.) /before collecting images, think about what theme you wish to have for your art project. Once again inspiration comes from all around you – I love Pinterest for getting some great ideas,

With ideas in hand and images all ready to go, all you will need is a surface such as poster board or a large piece of paper (you can use kraft paper as a starter). The image below should inspire you to use collage to create a picture.

Image from Pinterest BoredArt.com

Reading Resources

I have three books I deem well worth reading. They will give you techniques, ideas, and projects you can work on.

If You Can Cut, You Can Collage: From Paper Scraps to Works of Art

The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired

Collage Techniques: A Guide for Artists and Illustrators

Image from Pinterest elementaryartfun.blogspot.ca

Video Tutorials

How to Make a Collage – Materials, Composition, and Tips

Getting Started with Collage Art

How To Compose A Collage

Last Word

Every image I find with mixed media and using collage techniques more than inspires me. Here is one of my favorite from Pinterest – made with newsprint and paint.

Image from Pinterest google.stfi.re

Until tomorrow…


How to Create A Mixed Media Collage

Bette Daoust
Bette Daoust

Dr. Bette Daoust is a Copious Crafter with many crafts and techniques completed with very many more to go. Bette's Makes ❤️ DIY Home Decor DIY Craft Tutorials, DIY Paper Flowers