With the New Year fully in swing, we’ve been looking at different crafts to try and Danielle Krysa’s book Collage has got us inspired to get into the world of cut and paste. Filled to the brim with examples of work from contemporary collage artists, this is the perfect book to get you inspired to make your very own paper mash up. We take a look at what materials you might night to start working with paper and round up our favourite collage artists from the book.
It is an obvious one but we couldn’t leave paper out of our list! Whether you want to work with found materials like old magazines, photos and newspapers or you want to use new paper, tissue or card, this is the start of your collage piece. We love the mix of texture and patterns used in Khánh H. Lê‘s collages. Using old family photographs and imagery and patterns from home decor and fashion magazines, his collages assault your eyes with their vibrancy. Why not try using decopatch paper to achieve a similar result?
You’ll need a good pair of scissor and a decent knife if you want to start working with paper, that doesn’t mean to say that you can’t rip and shred your paper to get nice results. We recommend Fiskars Titanium Non-stick Multi Purpose scissors for the job! The faceted blades will help with precision cutting and the ergonomic handles mean that you won’t end up with sore hands after cutting all that paper. If intricate paper cuts are more your thing you can try using the Jakar Swivel Head Craft Knife, this handy knife works just like a pen enabling you to cut even the finest of detail. Peter Madden’s floral inspired collages and 3D paper sculptures use the most delicate of cuts to create collages full of detail.
Now you have chosen your paper and cut it up you’ll need to use an adhesive to stick it all down. Now this can be the nerve wrecking part, you don’t want the glue to use to damage your paper, or worse, come unstuck! It is really important to always use Acid Free Glue when working on your collages so that the glue doesn’t eat away at your paper. UHU do a good solvent free Creativ Glue Stick designed specifically for paper and photo’s or Aleene’s Acid Free Tacky Glue is perfect for all your paper crafting needs. Just remember to never do your gluing on your cutting mat or you’ll be cursing later when you are trying to cut over all those lumpy glue marks! Ben Zidel’s collage’s are so expertly glued that it hard to see them as collages at all.
You have cut and glued your paper collage, so how about adding some paint to the mix? Beth Hoeckel’s mixed media collages show us how by adding paint or mark making to your collages you can add interesting layers to your work. Gouache, Watercolour and Acrylic work really well on paper, but why not try spray paint or even enamel paints, the collage world is your oyster!