Art of Paper Collage Painting

Creating a collage with paper only needs some basic tools. Just add a sense of balance and style and you create one beautiful artwork. The initial step that you should learn is how to collect and create the paper collage. Read further as you will find out how to create a collage with the use of paint and paper as basic medium.

What are the tools necessary for paper collage? Well, they’re quite simple. All you need are scissors, a ruler and a craft knife. In addition, you also need some wood glue or probably other paper glue. Most importantly, you have to have a big piece of board or Masonite, measuring about half a meter square where you can work. It’s better to work on a board rather than a table since if you work on the latter, it can be quite a messy activity. So that you can start integrating paint into the collage, you must also have a few basic tubes of acrylic paint. Having the primary colors such as red, yellow and blue is will sufficient. Include in your tools a bowl of clean water plus a few house brushes. Lastly, you should have a small sponge and some clean rags beside you.

The next thing that you should is the particular materials to be used. Apparently, you are going to make use of a paper. But now, simplicity is transformed into complexity. There are a massive range of possible papers which you can include into your collage. Also, there are a lot of types, textures and colors. The first thing that should concern you is to select the paper for your work of art.

One good thing to do is to put your found and created papers in separate folders or boxes. Categorize them properly so that you can easily choose what you are looking for. Surely, if you have loads of appealing papers, it will become very much frustrating when you are searching for a certain paper to be used for your artwork.

When working with collage, Papers are your palette. They would refer to the primary colors and textures to be used in forming the finished artwork. Gather your papers together and later assign them to the separate different folders. For instance, one folder would contain different colored papers with different texture and density. On the other hand, it is possible for you to make use of a different classification system with folders for different textures and grains. The decision is solely yours on how to divide and categorize your paper collection. Just remember that that this system should suit your particular style so that you can easily search of find the particular papers you are looking for.

Spending some time searching for different papers is worth doing also. You can start searching in the art store where you can find a lot of different types of paper, as well as pastel papers, silk paper and course paper. The papers you collect should extend to the common and ordinary like the magazines, newspapers, including sweet papers. Just always bear in mind to keep an eye to form and texture. More importantly, look into the textures that can be worked on and is capable of being transformed into something else. Now, you just started collecting the papers that will form the groundwork of your future collage work.

You don’t have to go through a passive process in collecting collage paper. You can resort to a lot of ways where you can easily and actively manipulate and work on ordinary images from magazines and newspapers. Get few of your ordinary newspaper and magazines and then place them in a plastic tub. Thereafter, fill the tub with water in order to saturate the papers. Later, take this tub and put place it outside in a spot where it is sunny for about a week. You will find that the water has evaporated and that the dry papers remain when you return to the tub. It is also possible that the papers have mixed, thus, producing some strange results. Like for instance, the ink for the newspapers will have mixed thus creating some strange and interesting textures. One more strategy in preparing paper is you can add oil paint to the mix. Also, you can create paper in a more linear and of course, a controlled way. This simply means that you can take a paper image and paint over it directly. Another important thing to do is to go over the works of other artists where they have used paper collage as a medium. You might find the work of Kurt Schwitters interesting as he used ordinary papers very effectively.

The next and final things to get concerned of are the collage and paint it. More often than not, it is best to start spontaneously when starting a collage. Nevertheless, the blank page and the large variety of papers may cause a feeling of panic to a lot of starters. Read further to know one of the ways to start a collage.

First, apply a wash to the surface that you have selected like a stretched watercolor paper or board. There is no need for a rigid support when working with paper collage although working on hardboard or some other rigid support can be beneficial if you what you desire heavier collage objects.

Next, apply your wash of acrylic color to the support; you can make use of any color although it would be better if you spend some time selecting the right color for your painting. This is so because choosing the right color will aid you in integrating the different aspects and textures into your collage.

Finally, let us start with the collage itself. Begin by selecting some papers at random from your collection. Pick about two or three papers and paste them onto artwork’s surface. Bear in mind that acrylic is a natural adhesive, thus, you can insert the paper into the wet acrylic paint. Before you entirely begin, take a step back from the collage and then spend some time viewing and discovering the relationships that have been caused by the collage pieces. Although they may seem as none other than dissimilar shapes placed on the surface at first, you may see some abstract art as well as realistic relationships to work on. In case you are able to search for a formal relationship between the papers, then start by emphasizing these relationships by making use of paint and adding other papers to strengthen this relationship. There are no formal rules as this is a very spontaneous process.

In case you failed to find any relationships between the collage pieces, there are still a lot of things that you can do. At the outset, you can resort to a natural object or image and make use of them as a reference point where you can base your collage. Like for instance, you can make use of a flower or tree, or any other image. The idea behind the use of such kind of images is that you can make use of their shape and form to create a pattern, a “map” as it were, in the creation of your collage and the placement of collage papers.

One more way that can you can use if you are caught for inspiration, is to wash over the collage, and papers, using another layer of the same or different color. After which, you can apply the collage paper to the resulting semi-transparent wash. Just remember to be alert as this is the secret to this method. You will able to view a new relationship in a few moments. You can strengthen the relationship by adding some paint and paper. Although this process can get you frustrated at times, you will soon the get the feeling that is ultimately rewarding and creative if you persevere. Once more, it is still best to refer to the recognized masters of collage art. Visit abstract art gallery to be able to view the contemporary paintings of renowned painters.

One Response to “Art of Paper Collage Painting”

  1. Hi, good post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for sharing. I will definitely be coming back to your blog.

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