What is COLLAGE ARTWORK?
Collage artwork can be very loose or very detailed. I really enjoy the process of making a collage. All those wonderful papers!
The word collage is French. Very loosely translated it simply means art which is glued down.
In effect, a composition is created by attaching or adhering various papers or elements to a substrate or support... what I mean by support is the backing, like a canvas or wood panel or heavy paper.
Collage artwork can be very simple or very complicated. It can be made up of just papers. It can be made up of other stuff too. You could use anything at all...if it can be nailed down, glued or otherwise cleverly affixed, it is a collage.
The two collages above are part of a triptych (set of three). Each collage measures a mere 3-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches! When all three are lined up on a wall, POW! It's very dramatic.
This particular composition is done on watercolour paper...this is the support I was referring to earlier. I painted the watercolour paper in a lovely shade of blue.
After some general planning (nothing too elaborate as I like to keep things simple) I positioned and re-positioned some interesting papers. These I tore or cut to suit my purpose.
When I liked the overall appearance, I glued the papers in place. Then I took out my colouring pencils and I added some more colour. I also used acrylic paints to create shadows and highlights. (At this point, because I added coloured pencil and paint, the collage becomes a Mixed Media Collage.)
It is not difficult to do a collage and it sure is a heap of fun. PLUS, it's a great way to make art for your walls!
Below is the third component of the triptych.
This is a polyptych...it simply means a painting or artwork which is divided into 4 or more panels. Big word for such little canvases!!!
I had so much fun creating this mixed media collage!
The details of each 6-inch by 6-inch canvas follow down the page.
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