Collages can be created by two different methods: 1) “Old School” Traditional -Assemble and glue groups of photos onto a backer board, or 2) High Tech – Use photo editing software. Both methods are fun and produce impressive results. Let’s look at several possibilities…
“Old School” Collages:
Many people collect postcards during their travels. Instead of stuffing them in a drawer, create a collage, frame it, and hand it up so you can reminisce about past vacations and dream of future destinations.
What are your dreams? A vision board helps focus mental and physical energy toward achieving your goals. Magazines, catalogs, travel guides and brochures provide great source material for collages.
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Horizontal Grid (a.k.a. Photo Montage)
A horizontal collage is a great way of displaying your favorite photos, such as family members, fur babies, or anything else that warms your heart.
Whatever you love – fireworks, lighthouses, beaches – can be assembled into a frameable work of art.
Compose a one-of-a-kind masterpiece by overlaying multiple images.
Displaying your collectibles, such as antique door hardware, requires a lot of space, but a photo montage makes it easy to enjoy your collection on a daily basis.
The placement and sizes of photos can be easily modified to create a visually pleasing composition.
With photo editing software, you can experiment with colors, layers, and special effects. Bring your imagination to life right before your eyes.
Much like the traditional collage making process, images from different photos can be digitally “cut and pasted” onto new backgrounds.
Spice up your family vacation photos with a few thrills and chills.
Out of this World
To achieve this otherworldly image, photograph a model leaning upon a beach ball. Cut & paste it onto a star filled background. Replace the ball with a photo of the earth and add a planet or two. Enjoy!
Drawing, painting, or traditional collage making would take forever to create this complex mandala. Thanks to digital technology, you can create one quarter of this design and then mirror it vertically and horizontally to complete the circle. You could add three-dimensional sparkle by gluing beads to the completed composition.
Mixed Media Collages:
Siren of the Sea
This mermaid and sunken ship can be made using a combination of traditional and digital collage making. The background would be easier to create digitally. After printing out the full-size image, the mermaid and ship could be hand drawn. Based upon desired colors, textures and patterns, pieces cut from the pages of magazines can be glued in place, producing a three-dimensional effect.
Who wouldn’t love eternal spring? Make it a reality by starting with a photo of a beautiful flower garden. Enhance it by cutting and pasting layers of colorful flowers on top of the finished image.
Creature of the Night
A digital sepia tone background can be printed full size on canvas. The owl is drawn and detailed with a combination of markers and paint. Genuine feathers, layered and glued upon the wings, bring this owl off the canvas and into the viewer’s world.
It is said you should choose your words carefully. Choose a poem or quotes, whatever appeals to you. Layered colors, words, and embossed textures harmonize, creating visual movement and a palpable sense of warmth and peace in this abstract masterpiece.
The Cat’s Meow
What do you think he sees? A bird? A butterfly? Maybe a mouse? Whatever it is, those reflective amber eyes capture our attention. The antiqued background, with embossed floral motifs and pen and ink style writing, ensures this quizzical feline remains center stage. Additional detailing of the cat’s body and punching up the contrast of the purple and green flowers around him will make it appear as if he is sitting in front of a wall.
I hope these collages have inspired you to playfully experiment with the infinite possibilities of photography and collages to create personalized art to be enjoyed for years to come. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section. Good luck with all your future creative projects.
Thanks for Reading & Happy Crafting!