One of the options for the Art Party events that I do is Contemporary Collage. It is a really simple and effective way of creating art that you would happily hang on your wall, it is also something that you can easily get the kids involved with.
To start you need some good quality paper, watercolour paper works well as it has some texture but you can experiment with all sorts. You will also need your base paper or canvas.
You then need to create some lovely textures using various mark making skills. Watercolour, pen and ink, textured brushes, bleach and rock salt all work well. Keep the base paper or background relatively simple and free of too many distinctive marks.
Work within a colour palette for the room or area that you would like your creation to live. I have used pinks and blues in this example with some black and white too as it goes really well with the pale grey I have on my walls.
Once your papers have dried you need to think of a design idea. Floral's work well or you could go completely abstract!
There are some fabulous collage artists on Instagram and Pinterest and you can find some much inspiration on these social platforms.
Get yourself some really sharp, precise scissors or a scalpel and cutting matt and get out a variety of shapes to suit your them. Place them on your background as you go.
When you have got the composition as you would like it you can then stick it down. I actually find that a good old fashioned glue stick works best as it does not tend to bubble the paper up.
And there you have it, your creative, contemporary collage!!
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