I was introduced to Collage Art years ago by a dear friend, she gave me a big journal and some tips on how to create and to put my imagination on paper by using magazine images, textiles, paints and anything I can think of and see my thoughts come to live. Collage is one of my favorites art mediums because it is forgiving, until I glue the images to a surface, I can change my mind, experiment with composition, and add subtract pictures until I get it right.
♥♥♥In fact, these days Art Therapists are using Collage Art as part of their curriculum to help children and adults cope with their emotions. Therapist often use magazine photo images as a projective technique-that is, as a means to simply get an individual to tell a story in response to visual stimulation.
♥♥♥Collages are another easy art therapy idea to implement. If for some reason you’re not familiar with collages or you need a quick refresher on some different types of collages, here’s a little explanation as to what they are.
The term collage originates from the French word coller, which means “to glue.” The collage is a form of the visual arts and is created by gathering many different pieces or chunks of things. After you’ve gathered a variety of pieces you can then assemble the pieces into one, collective piece of art. This usually achieved by placing the individual pieces and gluing them onto a canvas or piece of paper, for instance, essentially creating a unique piece of artwork.
Some examples of things you can include in a collage:
- Pictures or photographs
- Bits of newspaper
- Ribbons and/or bows
- Other pieces of paper – can be different colors for example
- Pictures or images from magazines
- Pieces of other artwork
- Old clothing or fabric
- Food labels
- And many more!
- Paper collage – One of the more basic forms of collage. Various pieces of paper gathered and put together to create a unique collage strictly from paper products.
- Photomontage – whether done by hand or with the help of a computer, a photomontage is a collage of pictures or photos.
- Painting collage – Gluing pieces to a canvas and then painting over and/or around those pieces on the canvas, thus creating an original and unique painting.
- Collage & architecture – Less about the technique, more about the concept of infusing different ideas into architectural design…probably not as much use in an art therapy sense as some of the others.
- Wood collage – Create from pieces of wood, whether it be from scraps, old furniture, crates, barrels, house parts, driftwood, branches, sticks, bark, etc.
- Digital collage – Using a computer to gather the visual pieces and put them together.
Here are some of my COLLAGE ART COLLECTION:
Card stock, recycled drier sheets, embossing powders, silk leaves, etc.
"Metaphorical World" on canvas- acrylic paints, images, spray paints, stencils, embossing powders and colored paper.
"Senses" on paper- glue and images
|Domino Table Top on wood- glue, images, digital photos, papers and resin.|
"From my rose garden" on paper- tissue papers, glue, images, textiles.
"Bella Mia" on canvas- acrylic paints,squares of plywood, digital image, embossing powders, medium gels, pouring gel, molding paste and glass beads gel.
"Road To Redemption" on paper- glue and images.
"Puerto Rico me encanta"-Digital Collage Art prints