Collages aren’t just for celebrity montages in high school— now there are numerous new emerging artists that make a living by collage-making alone. The collage process is a fun way to express your creative self, and anyone can do it.
Collage is the combination of pieces of diverse materials and media, such as newspaper, magazines, package labels, fabric, paint and photographs, thrown into one composition. The term itself derives from the French “coller,” meaning “glue.” It was coined by art buddies, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, at the beginning of the 20th century, when collage became a distinct part of modern art.
Use recycled cardboard as a base (old cereal boxes and cracker boxes, etc). Cut out postcard-size pieces at least 3-1/2 inches high by 5 inches long, and no more than 4-1/4 inches high by 6 inches long by 0.016 inches thick.
Choose and cut out your inspiration with scissors or an X-Acto knife. Old magazines and books from the thrift store are inexpensive and inspiring, and you can usually find vintage science books, old Time Magazine books, and National Geographic for a few quarters. Bits of candy wrappers, ticket stubs, Japanese papers, and discarded artwork are all great materials too.
Use a glue stick or rubber cement to paste everything together on the outside of the cardboard, leaving the bare brown side to write on.
Once your masterpiece is pasted together you can laminate it with Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets, leaving about 1/4 inch of the laminant hanging over the edges, cutting the four corners off to leave eight 45 degree angles, and then folding the laminant over to the blank side of the postcard. You can also protect the cover of the postcard by painting a thin layer of Elmer’s School Glue to your art with an old paintbrush. It dries clear with a matte finish.