Creative Collage Art Tutorial
Preparing Your Creative Brain for Innovative Artwork
By Chris Dunmire | Posted 6/1/05 | Updated 7/23/23
In this tutorial I will show you how to make a single Collage Cubie using my process and printable template (also available in an 11 x 17" format). After you understand the basic technique you can create as many Cubies as you like with my template or with your own cube or box ideas. My template Cubie "box" is white by default, but feel free to choose your own box colors, decorative papers, and other collage embellishments to make your work of art personal and unique. Following are useful tips to help guide you along.
Practice cutting and folding a plain uncollaged box before creating your first Collage Cubie. This trial run will help you work out any kinks in the cube folding process and give you insight into the finished Cubed Collage layout.
Cuts and folds:
Neat, careful cuts and precision folds on the box template will make the Collage Cubie construction easier and positively impact the look of the finished design.
Easy on the glue:
Remember to apply light coats of Mod-Podge or glue when assembling and finishing the collage. Too much glue will take a long time to dry and possibly warp your canvas/support (card stock).
Collage Cubies are designed to be fun to make and will delight you with an unexpected twist when they're fully assembled. The entire process may take some practice to perfect, so don't fret if your first few Cubies are rough around the edges. With more folding practice and collaging imagination, you'll soon become a master Cubie Artist (not to be confused with "Cubist").
You'll need two small areas to work in. One space will be for cutting on a mat, and the other for designing your collage. For the collage space, tape down a piece of craft paper to protect your working surface. Get all of your supplies and materials together within reach of your workspace.
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Derivative, using the same wheel approach.