How to Make a Collage : Establish a Theme for Your Collage

How to Make a Collage : Establish a Theme for Your Collage


Hi, my name is Lanie Evans and on behalf of
Expert Village, I’m here to show you how you can make a collage. The one that we’re going
to make today is going to be called Theme and Variations. It’s very simple to make.
Basically you’re taking a shape and you’re going to vary it either by color or by size.
Take a look at what I got started. I have some examples of some that I have made in
the past using a rectangle shape and rectangle pieces of magazine paper. Here I’ve used more
book paper and it has a more aged look to it. And I’ve also cut out interesting words
that kind of stand out. Over here I have just simple shapes; some diamonds, a half semi-circle.
So really you can use any shape. The first thing I want to do is use a piece of paper
to glue my colors on, my colored paper. So I’m going to use a paintbrush in just some
regular glue to brush on. You can use it straight out of the bottle. I just would recommend
that you not use too much glue because it makes the paper slide around a bit. Glue sticks
also work really well in this situation. Rubber cement also another possibility. So I’m going
to just take the paper and layer a pattern over it. I’m going take pink and brown. Okay
now that I have the pattern glued down in a brown and a pink pattern, ideally you want
to let the glue set and dry a bit before you go and cut out your shapes. I’m going to take
a marker, a permanent marker and draw directly on top of the papers. I’m going to do a diamond
since I have many of those already done. And now you’re going to cut out your shape. Cut
on the inside of the black lines so that you don’t have that border, although you like
the border you could include it. So for this collage I’m going to use my theme is the diamond
or kind of a kite shape. Here my variation is in vertical stripes or rather horizontal
stripes here, vertical stripes here. Here my stripes are diagonal. I have also size
as a variation and these are brown. I also have color as well as size in these as a variation.
So now that I have many shapes to work from, I’m going to choose a background to have as
my collage. This is a gift from a child, so I’m going to use this. I like the star. I’m
going to use something thick like a cardstock to glue that paper onto. So I’m going to go
ahead and take care of that first.
Now it’s mounted, ready to begin the design. So I’ll take all of these and the beauty of
these is if they’re too big I can cut them down to fit. So to begin, basically I’m just
going to start laying them down and seeing forms a more interesting and unique composition.
And don’t be afraid to let some of the pieces come off the edge, it actually lets the viewer
come into composition a bit more. And this is my favorite one because it has all these
little insect pieces in here so I want that to be enthronement piece. Now that I found
a design that works for me, I’m going to start gluing them down. I’m going to pick them up
and just paint the glue on the back. You want to kind of rub them into place so that they
get a good seal. So now that I have my pieces glued on, these guys need to come off. I need
to turn it over and see where I need to trim them off of the cardstock. And here’s my final composition.

46 thoughts on “How to Make a Collage : Establish a Theme for Your Collage

  1. Re: The glue for adhering the papers, what was the last one.. after gluestick? Sounded like Rubber Semen… but I'm sure that can't be right!

  2. I like that technique as well. I like the minimalism and the size. Hooray for small, simple art!

  3. Sometimes I wonder why people make these videos and then I remember how stupid some people are. Not this in particular but I'm sure it helped someone thank you

  4. So where is this collage and how do I get in collage i've left secondary school and I want to go to collage pls halp.?!???!?

  5. if you are new to collage this is a simple technique to incorporaye in your work…so many interesting ways to do collage. thank you to the lady…useful im sure

  6. I can hear her just fine. And this is a perfect tip for something different. I love the look of the stripes and the shapes she uses. I'm not big into paper crafts, but I am sick of throwing away piles of magazines! And this can be used and added to most any craft. I wasn't looking for anything in particular but stumbled upon this video and I am glad I did! She is making a gift for someone and is sharing with us, why all the complaining!

  7. I can't hear her voice properly… And want i want there is not….. I want wildlife collage for science project….. But strips idea was nice at all……… πŸ‘Œ

  8. What rubbish!! And what type of collage is thisπŸ€”πŸ€”, can somebody please tell me. πŸ™„πŸ™„

  9. your collage is fucking terrible and you should never try to make one again… in fear of how many pathogens you'd spread

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