Clever Collages: A Quick How-To

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Lomography is already a way to be creative, but creating a collage is the perfect analogue work of art. Imagine the wonderful results you could get by putting your favourite pictures together, adding small details that you love on your photos and even re-using the ones that you consider photographic failures. Here's how I did mine.

The truth is there are no proper rules in making a good collage, you just have to follow your imagination. These are just some tips to guide you. I have been scrapbooking for quite a while now, and if you are familiar to this technique you will notice that some steps are pretty much the same.

What you need:

  • some pictures
  • scissors
  • a glue stick (do not use liquid glue, it contains more acid and will damage your photos, plus it’s messy). It’s even better if your glue is acid-free
  • an ink pad (optional)
  • pretty paper (acid-free paper if you have it) (also optional)

Now, you will need to go through your photos. Choose a background for your collage, some figures you would like to cut out, but also really small details you could use. Now you need to sketch some ideas out. I strongly recommend not to skip this step. My sketch was pretty acurate because my printer was out of use for a couple of days and I did not want to forget any of the ideas I had. Obviously, yours can be a quick doodle on the corner of a sheet of paper. It really depends on what you are used to doing. If needed, re-scan, re-size and re-print your photos. Cut cut cut, but only glue when you’re entirely satisfied!

Before you glue all the photos together, you might want to ink the edges of your photos by rubbing the ink pad along the sides. It gives relief to your photos. Add some doodles, paint, stickers, stamps. And finally, glue your collage on your paper ! Mine is a paper designed for scrapbooking. It’s quite thick and acid-free but you can use whatever you want. Enjoy!

written by ginny on 2011-11-29 in #gear #tipster #clever-collages #diy #tipster #scrapbooking #clever-collages-rumble #collage #art #rumble-entry

One Comment

  1. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    I've been wanting to do this for a long time. I'm too busy taking pictures, scanning, and posting them.

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