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Making a geometric collage

Back in January, I shared a batch of collage papers with you that I made which stressed the textures. They used a limited number of colors so that they’d all work together well in future projects. Well, the time has come! I decided that I wanted to do a bit of an experiment and do two projects: one very geometric and one very organic. I like both ways of working, so it seemed most sensible to do the geometric one first. That way, I could just tear into my papers afterwards and not have to worry about whether I’d left enough to make the shapes I needed.

Here’s the first result, called God’s Gifts

To prepare, gather up the collage papers you have on hand, or make some. There are tutorials for my papers here and here, among other places on this blog! I used a piece of masonite board as the substrate for this collage. I love how strong it is, preventing warping when you’re using heavily manipulated papers like these.

1. Paint the sides of the board with black acrylic or black gesso.

2. Choose one of your papers for the background. Cut it to size and adhere it to the masonite with polymer medium. Cover with waxed paper, weight it, and let it dry well enough to stay flat while you continue working. You can find tutorials for making these specific papers here and here.

3. Choose which papers you are going to add, and cut them into geometric shapes. Look for ways to add repetition, rhythm, balance, contrast, or unity to your piece. What element or principle of design you choose to emphasize is up to you.

4. The additional elements that I added are three squares of cork, which I painted lightly with bronze metallic acrylic. There is also a large piece of adhesive-backed metallic vinyl, which I used a weathering technique on.

5. The quote was written on using a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen with a brush point.

Copyright 2008 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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