Collage Making

I’m in the process of making many new collages, and I’m experimenting with different shapes and sizes, rather than sticking to my smaller sketchbook.

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So I’ve been making more material for my collages. While I usually incorporate old drawings and paint and whatnot, I decided to go ahead and make more materials that I will later cut up and make into collages.

A new material I decided to work with is burnt paper. I’ve always wanted to collage with burnt paper, I love the neutral, muted tones that fire gives paper, and it has an interesting aesthetic I enjoy. So I burned an old journal I used to keep, and have been using bits and pieces in new collages. Some of the organic shapes made from the paper burning might be the base for future collages.

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I’ve also been using pastel and just covering paper with it, rather than applying pastel as I’m making the collage.

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Another experiment I tried is rubber cement and water color, and I like the texture and effect it makes on the paper, which I will definitely use in lots of my collages.

Since I’ve used up a lot of my existing material, making new materials for collages has been fun and experimental, and I’m excited to start mixing and collaging these different elements together into various compositions.

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