Exploring Collage Art
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Explore Collage, Assemblage, Photomontage Art

See also: Instructional Collage Projects

Mixing art and imagination! Collage and assemblage art are compositions of various elements (such as paper, wood, fabric, feathers, leaves, and other found objects) pasted down with an adhesive glue or paint. Within this collection of collage and assemblage resources you'll find a collection of Creativity Portal's collage workshops, projects, and tutorials plus Web sites that explain the collage process and share free tips, techniques, and tutorials for your own creative collage projects.

Intuitive Collage © Shelley Klammer

Featured Collage Projects

Collage Prompt: Mentor Mania
By Angi Sullins
Who has asked the questions that sent your soul searching? Create a collage expressing your creative and spiritual mentors.

Intuitive Collage
By Shelley Klammer
Anyone can touch into their deeper feelings, insights and desires through spontaneous collage.

Innovatively Fun & Creative Collage Cubies Project
By Chris Dunmire
A fun 'outside the box' play on traditional two-dimensional collage art. Don't just collage it — cube it!

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Instructional & Inspirational Collage, Assemblage, and Photomontage Web Resources

ArtellaLand: The Waltz of Words and Art
Love creative writing and art? Then this is the place for you! Beyond Artella the magazine, there's a variety of features that support the creative goals of artists and writers in their community. Features inspiration for writing, art, collage, and altered books.

KaleidoSoul | Inner Voices of Creativity SoulCollage® Series
A virtual playground of activities, ideas, community, and resources and support for SoulCollage™ artists worldwide, both new and experienced run by Anne Marie Benett. SoulCollage is a unique blend of spiritual practice and the fun of collage that integrates intuition and imagination.

Art e-Zine, Play with Art
Get your creative energy going! This site is for everyone looking for inspiration and fun with paper, paints, inks and stamps. Rich in artistic imagery, articles, and project galleries ranging from fabric dolls and mixed media jewelry to art envelopes, collage, and altered books.

Karen's Whimsy
Offers articles and instruction on creating altered books with lots of photographs and design details. There is also a section called Play, with ideas for creating decorative papers for art projects. Collage work is also on display and there are articles written for various publications such as Artella, e-Artella, The Gleaner, and the ISABA (International Society of Altered Book Artists) journal.

Nita Leland's Collage
Author of Creative Collage Techniques, Nita Leland's Web site features an inspiring collage gallery and several collage project ideas: magazine collage, working with rice paper, and nature collage.

Ann Baldwin's Art Studio
A creative site featuring "Galleries of abstract paintings in encaustic and mixed media, collages on canvas and wood, how-to articles on painting techniques, and how to market art."

ARTitude Zine
A site for monthly art challenges and the opportunity to submit your art for display. Collage, mail art, and art gallery.

ArtLex On Collage
Experience the ArtLex description and definition of collage and similar related arts. Collage is "A picture or design created by adhering such basically flat elements as newspaper, wallpaper, printed text and illustrations, photographs, cloth, string, etc. to a flat surface..."

Collage Machine and Other Interactive Art Fun
Create your own collage art online with this fun Shockwave program. Other interactive art features include PaintBox, 3-D Twirler, Mobile Maker, Cubits, and PixelFace.

Cut & Paste: A History of Photomontage
Learn the history of photomontage! Covers the key people who advanced this art through the Victorian era, Dada, Surrealism, through present-day.

International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction
Dedicated to the collection, study and exhibition of collage, assemblage, construction, montage, photo-montage, digital collage, and other constructive arts. Features collage and assemblage galleries and exhibitions. Intriguing and humorous works from found objects, digital collage, and collage poetry.

Making Sense of Marcel Duchamp
Duchamp's legacy includes the insight that art can be about ideas instead of objects, a revolutionary notion that would resonate with later generations of artists.

Sculpture and Collage Lessons for K-12
Fun and simple sculpture and collage techniques and projects. Includes using art tape to create three dimensional sculpture, constructing three-dimensional structures from two-dimensional paper, bean mosaics, fabric assemblage, media collage, pebble and paper art.

Soul Collage
Based on the book by Seena B. Frost, "SoulCollage™ is a process through which you contact your intuition and create an incredible deck of cards which have deep personal meaning and which will help you with life's questions." Features information on the principles of Soul Collage and an inspirational gallery of art submitted by users.

Inspiring Paper Collage Artist Jurgita Mekyte

Cat © Jurgita MekyteJurgita Mekyte is an artist specializing in paper collage art greeting cards. From her Web site, Gita Designs:

Jurgita Mekyte, a professional artist, began dabbling in paper collage art several years ago. Quickly it became her passion and favored form of art. She was immediately drawn to the media because of its inherent unpredictability. Unlike scissor-cut edges with controlled straight lines, torn media produces a unique, and sometimes most unusual angle or edge. This element coupled with Jurgita's personal blend of creativity results in interesting, beautiful, and often whimsical pieces of art."

A Passion for Paper and Drawing

By Jurgita Mekyte

I like paper. I like its texture, color, and fiber. I like to tear paper, cut it in pieces, and arrange it into different shapes of various objects: flowers, cats, dogs, horses, butterflies, Santa Claus, Valentine Hearts, Easter eggs and other designs.

I began making paper collages several years ago, but my passion for paper and drawing began before I entered primary school. I still have some of the artwork I did back in kindergarten.

After I created my collages, I used the pieces to design unique greeting cards that are now available through my Web site. My favorite collage size is 5" x 7" (for greeting cards) but I can create larger sized collages upon request. You can find my collages in the gallery at A Thousand Words in Crystal Lake, Illinois, or on my Web site.

The Collage Making Process

Flower © Jurgita MekyteThe collage making process is like playing game. When I begin, I don't have a complete idea of the object I want to create. I don't usually make roughs or sketches. I just play with paper. But intuitively I know what I do. How a sharp line of cut paper goes with unpredictable edge of torn paper, and how colors complement each other. I like keep my compositions simple — not overcrowded with a lot of details.

My inspiration comes mostly from nature and music, or from the feedback I receive from people who like my art. •


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