Introduction: How to Make a Paper Collage
Paper collage is a technique of an art production where the artwork is created using an assemblage of different forms and shapes using paper. These forms and shapes eventually create a whole image.
To create a paper collage you will need:
1. A board/canvas
2. Paint and/or coloring pencils (optional)
6. Magazine Paper
8. Scissors (optional)
Step 1: Your Workplace
First, to create your paper collage, you need a place or something to put it on. Simply get a canvas board or even simpler, a sheet of wood.
Step 2: Your Image
You can't create a paper collage without having something to make. Pick any picture or image that you like and base it off of that. It could be anything (an animal, nature, etc.)
Step 3: The Grid
To properly transfer your image to your canvas/board, the best method is the grid method. You draw a grid on both your image and your canvas using your ruler and pen/pencil/marker.
Step 4: Transferring Your Image
Now that your grid is on both your image and canvas, it's time for you to transfer that image onto your canvas. Using your pencil, copy whatever is in a certain box on the grid of your image into the same box on the grid on your canvas. This gives the picture on the canvas an almost identical transfer from the original picture.
Step 5: Distinguish the Parts of You Image
Now that your picture is now on your canvas, use paint, coloring pencils, or simply write the name of the colors in their desired areas. This makes it easier to arrange the colors with the paper later on.
Step 6: Get the Paper
You now need to get some paper (preferably magazine paper). Find pages out of magazines that match the colors you are using and tear them up into small pieces. (This is where the scissors are optional depending on how you want your collage to come out. The scissors may make a cleaner cut but you may prefer the rough look tearing the paper by hand provides.)
Step 7: Make Your Canvas Sticky
Using a paintbrush, lightly spread layers of glue on your canvas. This is the only way your pieces of paper will stick to your canvas.
Step 8: Put It Together
When your canvas is still wet with glue place the pieces of paper in there desired places (by size and by color).
Step 9: Repeat
Continue to spread glue on your canvas and place pieces of paper in their desired places (steps 7 & 8).
Step 10: Wrap It Up
When finished placing your paper on your canvas and you have gotten your desired look, spread one last layer onto your piece. This flattens any bumpy or rising pieces of paper and makes it look smoother. Wait for it to dry hang your masterpiece.