Creating a collage
A collage often comprises of a blank canvas with various materials then stuck onto it. Materials can include clippings from magazines or newspapers, photographs, postcards, stickers, pieces of material, ribbons, glitter, leaves and dried flowers. Collage comes from the French word 'coller' which means 'to glue'.
Creating a collage can be a great way to express an idea if you don’t know where to begin or if you don’t feel confident in being creative.
Steps to creating a collage:
(1) Chose what material you want to use for your base. Examples of things you can use for the base are: a plain piece of paper, coloured card, a large piece of material or a roll of wallpaper.
(2) Start to collect items you may want to include in your collage. That may be magazines, random items you find in shops, natural objects from the garden or a forest. It can be fun finding materials for the collage.
(3) Have to hand some way of fixing the objects onto your base, e.g. glue, plain or coloured tape, needle and thread
(4) Then decide on the purpose of your collage. You might want to just sit down with whatever materials you have to hand and just start creating with no specific theme in mind. Alternatively you might want to have specific theme for the collage. Here are some examples:
Using only one type of material eg. items found in nature or magazine cuttings;
An emotion e.g. sadness, joy, anger or calm;
To remember an positive event;
To remember someone who has passed;
Hopes and aspirations.
(5) Create a title for your collage
(6) Once your college is completed you might want to reflect on it. You might want to do this with a therapist, a trusted other or using a journal (click here for ideas on starting a reflective journal) Some questions to consider might be:
Is there a dominant colour?
Are there any repeated images or themes?
Did you experience any emotions creating the collage or when looking at the overall image?
Is there anything you notice about the placing of the images? Are there spaces, do they overlap, are certain images placed next to other ones?
Does the image say something about you or your experiences?