Collages & Master Boards

Last night I was making paper collages aka master boards for my mixed media projects and I was thinking of maybe making a book on my designs. Then I got to thinking that Amazon probably already has tons of books on collage designs. Haha! Sure enough, they do. Though I do think that some other art books I’ve blogged about has this subject. Gah, it’s one of those weeks.

While I have my own technique and style, I thought it would be fun to check out other designs and see what people are up too. So why not blog about them? Maybe they could help inspire someone wanting to get into collage making.

For those of you who are not familiar with master board, it is a term many mixed media artist use that is taking a larger piece and creating a collage-if you will-and cutting it down to different sizes to use in other art projects. At least I think that is what it means? Please correct me if I’m wrong. I only have heard the term recently.

The last few days I have been paper-crafting like crazy because I’ve spent so much time on my slow stitching, quilting and textile pieces, I ran out of paper collages for my journals, pouches, envelops and note cards. I forgot how addicting it can be. I love it! Alas, I need to get back to my quilting. Not complaining.

This evening I will share more of the paper collages I have been making via video on my Facebook Page. I can’t wait to show you those pieces. One of them I made over the weekend and blogged about yesterday, I cut it down to size and used in a really cool collage. It turned out fabulous! Some of the best work I’ve done in a long while. -Stephanie

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If You Can by Hollie ChastainIf You Can Cut, You Can Collage: From Paper Scraps to Works of Art by Hollie Chastain

If You Can Cut, You Can Collage is specially designed for people who feel like they can’t make art. Want to know a secret? You can! You just need a little inspiration, instruction, and confidence.

Collage is a wonderful creative outlet, particularly for people who want to make art, but don’t feel they have the skills or confidence for other endeavors. You can still explore and experiment with color, composition, and various themes and end up with exciting and often unexpected results.

If you Can Cut, You Can Collage takes some of the mystery out of collage through easy illustrated pages that show you the basic techniques of collecting and cutting imagery, composing and adhering compositions, and then provides a wealth of exercises that get readers going on their own creative projects.

We’ll get you started with simple, focused, projects like making a collage with only circles, where you’ll learn important concepts like how to create a focal point, how to use repetition successfully, how to achieve contrast, balance, symmetry, and more. You’ll be incorporating vintage ephemera, typography and lettering, and even urban and found materials in no time!

Paper Collage Chinese StylePaper Collage Chinese Style by Zhu Liqun Paper Arts Museum

This beautifully illustrated guide to Chinese paper collage art demonstrates the techniques and philosophy behind this creative and fun art form.

Paper collage art has a special charm. It can be as exquisite as oil painting or as freehand (xieyi) as ink wash painting. A paper collage art is a perfect mean to express humor and romance, demonstrate subjective perspectives and emotions, record special moments, and depict favorite scenes.

Collage Art teaches you how to pick up some magazines, newspaper, and color paper around you that are no longer needed and put your ideas onto a piece of paper.

You can create some decorations for your desk, bedroom, office, as well as some collage crafts for your friends on festivals and weddings. These collages not only present your unique style but also will also get lots of compliments!

The Collage Ideas BookThe Collage Ideas Book by Alannah Moore

Collage allows your creativity to run riot. It lets you juxtapose disparate elements, styles and media against each other and create something entirely novel, bizarre, arresting, beautiful, ironic or unsettling. Old and new can be fused together; digital and hand-produced can be combined. What you can create with collage knows no bounds.

Expertly curated with an eye to the fresh, the exciting collection of new collage ideas will inspire collage artists at every level, from those dipping a toe in the art form to experts.

Collage Imagery 2: A Collection of Photographic Images for Use in Personal Art by Catherine Anderson looks amazing as well!

Accessible Art: Free Form Medium

This weekend I pretty much stayed in bed nursing a broken small toe while working on a few art projects. Friday night, I hand sewed little patchwork collages to send to my friend for her art projects. My toe, foot and leg were in utter agony so I needed the distraction. When it broke, the toe literally went completely sideways and I had to put it back in place, then wrap it up. I couldn’t walk so I hand stitch and watch YouTube for the rest of the evening trying to forget the pain. I also worked on my textile art journal. The journal is made with 100% fabrics (mostly up-cycle material) and completely handed stitched. Each page is a pouch to hold mini patchwork collages that I’m making and a few pieces of paper with journaling about my art journey for 2020. I won’t share those until the end of the year.

For two decades or so…ahem, I’m not revealing my age, I collected store bought pattern paper. While I have fun using them, I didn’t feel challenged and I wanted to create my own designs for my art projects. Creative license and originality are important to me. I adore creating my own patterns and experimenting with new mediums. There’s a story there but I’m getting off track…Anyhow, this is one of the pieces I made on Sunday and she’s too pretty to cut into for my collage projects! I’m calling her, “Coral Rose.” I believe she will be happy in a shadow box.

Coral Rose

While I do use store bought pattern paper packs when they are on sale, I also make my own pattern paper and backgrounds. If you are on a tight budget, I recommend making your own pattern paper. It’s so easy! You can even use copy paper as your base.

For the picture below,  I wanted to make an abstract landscape for my inspirational journal. I do have a pad of mixed media paper so I used that. Then I gathered distressed crayons that are water-reactive and baby wipes. If you don’t have the distress crayons, you can use color pencils. I basically doodled/scribbled the colors then took baby wipes to blend the colors. It’s a lot of fun to play with these mediums.

Lanscape for scraps

 

Anyone can do it. You can even create these and tear them into strips to apply as texture for your journaling collages. For any mixed media project really. Free-form. Play. Relax. Enjoy.

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In the pictures below are squares I cut from a doodling page I made to use on my future collages. They don’t look like much now but when I apply with other mediums they will turn out great!

 

Baby WipesBy the way…if you use baby wipes (which I highly recommend using) please save them for your other art projects! They make amazing texture! I buy mine at the dollar store and I make sure they have as little chemicals added as possible.

 

 

 

 

Two pagesThese are two pages made from paper I used to put under other paper I was staining, painting to collect the splatters. The base page is from a mixed media paper pad I bought on sale years ago.

 

 

 

I don’t like to waste my paint or paper. They make for great scraps for your mixed media projects. I cut them up and applied them in an abstract pattern. I still have some of it left over so I will use it for another project. I love how these two pages turned out and can’t wait to journal with them.

scrap paper used for two pages

Other materials used for this project. Also, I will be applying clear gesso over the pages to seal them. If you don’t have gesso, you can use a gel medium or mod podge.

 

Here are a few more pieces I created this week and I will use them for various projects. As you can see, you can accomplish a lot from when you are laid up with a hurt foot! Ha! -Stephanie