I absolutely love to do collage!  The collage you see below is one of the first that I made when taking up Art Journaling in 2011.  I simply used craft materials that I already had on hand.

To make this collage, I printed a picture of the kids riding my son’s four-wheeler.

To make the background, I took strips of excess (I rarely throw anything away) blue scrapbooking paper and tore them into small pieces and then glued them onto the page.  I then covered these pieces of paper with torn pieces of white tissue paper and lightly gessoed (white) over that, wiping off the excess with a damp baby wipe to allow for more of the blue coloring to stand out.  I then painted over this with a light wash of blue watercolor and allowed it to dry completely.

For the grass, I used same method as I used for the sky, only I used greens.  I lightly went over this with some white gesso and then wiped off some of the excess to allow for the green colors to come through.  I then sponged on two different (one lighter and one darker) shades of green.  I then painted the little red flowers with acrylic paint.

The houses were then glued to the page.  The bases of the houses were made using crossword puzzles that I had cut out of magazines and placed in my scrap box.  The rooftops were made with pieces of scrapbook paper.  I gave them a light wash with white gesso to lighten them up a bit and give them a little more texture.  I then glued them to the page.  The windows and doors were made using scrap pieces of black scrapbook paper.  These were then glued down.  I outlined the doors, windows, rooftops and the bases of the houses with a black, Brush Tip Pitt Pen.

I glued down the image of the children riding the four wheeler.

Last, but not least, I went over the entire piece with Golden Gel Medium to give the entire piece a nice matte finish.

This was a really quick and easy collage to do and I’m rather happy with the way it turned out.  Being that this was one of my first multimedia collages, it looks a little bit child-like, which in this case actually turned out to be okay, because this is very suitable for the subject of the collage.

MATERIALS USED:

  • White Gesso.
  • Printouts using my scanner, computer and printer.
  • Magazine cut-outs.
  • Scrapbook paper scraps.
  • Faber Castell Pitt Pen – Brush Tip.
  • White tissue paper.  (I buy mine from the dollar stores).
  • Acrylic paint.  (I like Golden brand, but the cheaper craft acrylics will work just fine.)
  • Golden Gel Medium.  (Any type of glue of Decoupage medium will work just fine.)
  • Paint brushes.
  • Koi Watercolor Travel Kit.
  • Waterbrush.

TIPS:

  • I always cut out or scan pictures and images, and just about anything pleasing to my eye, from magazines and junk flyers before throwing them out.  I keep all of these scraps in a photo box that I purchased from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
  • I use a light wash of white gesso, mixed with a little bit of water, to tone down colors and to add a different texture to the piece.
  • I always try to use materials that I have on hand, especially ones that I have not used in quite some time.  This will make more room for new things!
  • Collage is a free-for-all.  You can go crazy with these and achieve so many wonderful results.  The possibilities are endless.  Get crazy!
  • Elmer’s brand White Glue makes a great gluing medium and decoupage finish.  Just mix at a ratio of 3 parts glue to one part water.  This will made the medium thinner and more like a decoupage medium.

 

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