If you are afraid of making art, or that your art won't be good enough, collage is a fantastic method to start. It is a secret weapon.
When I first started making art, I decided to FOLLOW NO RULES and it served me well. I encourage you to try it. Follow your inner artist; everyone has one.
Sticky fingers, smeary paint, glue and torn paper. What can be messier and more fun? And if you don't like the result? You can always add another layer or another color. Sand it, rip it, tear it. Add to it endlessly.
If I don't like it today, I may tomorrow. Or I tear it up and use it in another collage. No rules. No fails.
Collage is the perfect art-making for getting past the fear of mistakes. And the most childlike way I have found to make art. In fact, it is a great activity to share with the kids or the grandkids. Half the fun is collecting stuff to put into the collage.
Here's what I use most often
Piece of cardboard for base
Glue Stick or Mod Podge
Magazine or Newspaper
Scissors or fingers for tearing paper
Scribbling tools, pencil, colored pencil
Craft paint and water
1) Use cardboard or a canvas to get started. Even a piece of an old heavy cardboard box will work to paste pieces onto. Cut it to a size that you like; I use 5x7 or 8x 10 in case I want to frame my masterpiece.
2) I limit colors - but that isn't necessary. In the collage above you can see I am using orange and blue. Adding white, black or gray will work when added to any two basic colors.
3) You can try making one image the focus of the collage. Above, it's the cat. There are many other ways to create a collage, this one has one "focal point."
4) There are some excellent fun projects to try in the link at the end of this post from another collage site. This collage looks like my "inner artist." Yours may look entirely different!
5) I use my fingers to smear and press layers. I was born loving messy. You may want to try other tools like a "brayer." A brayer is like a tiny rolling pin to smooth everything flat. They are available at a local art store or on Amazon. You can use an actual rolling pin. You can put a piece of paper on top of the whole thing and press with the back of a tablespoon. Your inner artist will suggest how messy or technical you prefer to be.
Leave out worries about technique until you are feeling the fun. Surprise yourself with what happens. That is the artist in you speaking.
Add use materials you may have never imagined as "artistic." Toilet paper, tissue, paper towels, magazine photos, newspaper. Anything is fair game. Leftover wrapping paper, plastic wrap, ribbons, coloring books, comics. I used my morning coffee in the cat collage.
Don't like it? Tear that piece off. Put something over it. Don't forget to scribble on your work. Pencils, pens, markers.
Remember when you weren't supposed to make a mess? Or break the rules? Toss that thought out. And start making your own original art. Because your personal creativity makes your art yours.
Trust your vision to emerge over time. Google artwork and think about what attracts you. Are your favorite colors the ones you wear most often? Your art is about you and inside you.
Six more fun paper collage ideas can be found at this link.
Share what you've made; I would love to see it.
But above all, Enjoy!