The best thing about making art collages is that it is flexible. It can be done on any surface and all sorts of materials may be used. It is suitable for beginning and veteran artists who just want to express themselves through their art.
Here are some of the basics when it comes to making art collages.
The first thing that you should determine when making a collage is the material which you will be using. The most common is paper but there are different kinds of paper – some are ordinary sheets of paper while some are handcrafted and designed for artistic purposes which have some fibers. Some other kinds of papers that can be used are gift-wrapping papers, old or vintage postcards, recycled brochures or pamphlets, old tickets, and the like. Anything that brings you back to a pleasant memory or a moment in your life would make a great addition to an art collage. It is really up to the artist to decide which suits his or her vision or which has more sentimental value.
The next factor to consider would be the surface which will hold the collage. A mounted canvas makes a good base as it can support many objects. Art collages usually have a bunch of trinkets and may carry many layers so it is important to consider if the surface can support all the things that will go into it. Many collages are placed upon wooden panels, primed canvas panels, baseball cards, heavy paper, or shipping tags.
Another thing to remember when it comes to making art collages is that the edges may end up curling up or warping. So it is very important to have a good finish. This is done by coating the edges and the sides of the collage with a flat gel. Once it is dry, this prevents it from curling up or getting deformed. It will also help if the collage is sandwiched between two sheets of wax paper and left to dry overnight. This process smoothens out the collage. And once that is over, an art collage should be coated with glossy or flat gel which helps hold the pieces together.
Remember the three things that go into making an art collage: materials, the surface, and the finish. Once these three have all been planned out, it is easy to go about the collage as a project which you can do on your own or with your kids and other relatives.
Artists make art collages not only to express themselves but also as a way of distressing. Many have found it to be a bonding experience when done with friends or family. It makes it easy to look back at fond memories of the past. It is a good way of preserving keepsakes and memorabilia. Think of it as a memoir that is more visual and concrete.