Beginner's Collage Techniques : How to Create Assemblage Art
Assemblage Art: Pieces of Your 3D Imagination
A Duchampion of a Samplion
By Chris Dunmire
In Part 1, I showed you how to create a basic magazine collage using elements torn and cut from magazines. Now we're going to build upon that concept. Once your basic magazine collage is finished, you can add found three-dimensional items to it to create an assemblage.
What kinds of items can you use? Anything your heart desires! Movie ticket stubs, feathers, coins, fast-food wrappers, buttons, beads, fabric, and so much more. Watch how I added the netting from a bag of oranges and some crafting beads to my collage to turn it into an assemblage.
Part 2: Assemblage Techniques
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Found objects that add interesting texture, color, and design to your collage piece work well for assemblage. In this case, the colorful netting from a bag of oranges complemented the colors of my collage and added an odd netting texture.
Attaching 3D objects like netting straight to your canvas might pose a challenge, but with some creative ingenuity you can figure out a solution that integrates with your design.
For instance, I cut the netting into a shape I liked and then attached it to my collage by using small scraps of colored paper glued over the edges like tape. This held the netting in place on strategic edges, while allowing the bulk of it to flow freely over the underlying collage.
After attaching the netting, I decided to add some craft beads for interest. I was generous with the glue here and decided to gloss over the entire collage surface to coat and seal the paper.
This is reminiscent of a decoupage technique that can help protect and preserve your work. Because I had so much surface glue on my collage after applying the netting and beads, I made the decision to seal for consistency.
After applying my found objects and covering my assemblage with glue, I put it aside to dry. At this point (after it dries) the assemblage is complete.
Move on to Part 3 where I'll apply background paint to my assemblage to create a mixed media collage / assemblage.
Chris Dunmire is the founder of the award-winning Creativity Portal community. She's studied creativity coaching with Eric Maisel, PhD, and Kaizen-Muse founder Jill Badonsky, MEd, and inspires artists, writers, and creatives at every level to find and express their unique voice. More »