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Mixed Media Collage

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There is an art form that has been trending for a while, especially around the web. It is called Mixed Media Collage, and it is usually very colorful and creative. The good news is that you can easily get into this form of art, and it is a fun project for the entire family. The real beauty lies in the fact that there is no real wrong way to make one.   

Supplies Needed

  • blank cardboard, poster board, or canvas of your choice 
  • silhouette or picture of your choice for the focal point of the artwork 
  • scissors 
  • white school glue and glue sticks 
  • acrylic paints and brushes or sponges 
  • favorite coloring pages, book pages, quotes, newspapers clippings or old magazines 
  • tissue paper, wrapping paper bits, felt, etc.  
  • washi tape 
  • yarn, string, buttons, etc 
  • rubber stamps and inks pads (if desired) 

Directions 

Step 1— 

Paint the background. In this step you will cover the entire board with the color or colors of your choice. 

Let dry.  

Step 2— 

Decide on your focal point. This will be the main thing you will want to see in the artwork. For example, I have used a silhouette of a bear, and placed it in the center of the board. 

Either trace the outline of your focal point picture and fill in with paint color of your choice, or glue down the picture of your choice. 

Step 3— 

Layering. Here you will begin layering the different clippings and pictures of your choice. For a more interesting and organic look, try ripping the clippings around the edges. You can use glue sticks for the thinner paper pieces, and white glue for the thicker pieces of paper and other materials. 

Step back often to see how the picture looks.  

Step 4— 

Embellishing. In this step you can use rubber stamps, or a stamping motion with a pencil eraser, wad of paper towel, or some object with a neat pattern. The effect is enhanced with a metallic or transparent paint. Be sure to use a light touch and experiment with turning the board in different directions to make interesting and random patterns. You can also draw with markers to create a repeating pattern in the background. This is what I have done. 

You can also brush over entire surface of collage with watered down paint to add a layer of depth. 

Step 5— 

3D items. Once collage is dry, you may choose to add 3D items. For a 3D effect, consider gluing on buttons, feathers, bits of cording, felt, or other items for texture and interest. 

Step 6— 

Let dry. If desired, paint or spray with a clear acrylic sealer to finish.  

Step 7— 

To hang, tape a long piece of yarn on each side of the back of the artwork. Enjoy! 

For more tips and how-to, watch the video below: