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Collage, Illustrator

Collages That Capture the Imagination of Young Folks

Manon Gauthier

I love all dif­fer­ent types of illus­tra­tion, but my pre­ferred way of work­ing will always be in col­lage. I look at these illus­tra­tions by Manon Gau­thier, and I’m reminded why I love mixed media so much. She’s got a lot of inter­est­ing things hap­pen­ing — espe­cially with lay­er­ing. Small, indi­vid­ual pieces of paper are drawn, painted, and cut, then put together like a glo­ri­ous puzzle.

Manon is a Mon­treal native and a self-taught illus­tra­tor. She worked in the graphic design field for more than 15 years, and decided to devote her­self to mak­ing books for young peo­ple in 2006. Since then, she’s won numer­ous awards for her illustrations.

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Collage, Illustrator, Textiles

Exquisite Illustrations Created by Drawing with Thread

Annalisa Bollini

This past week­end, while watch­ing the lat­est episode of Mad Men, I started a new embroi­dery. It’s my first one in many months! It feels good, ya’ll. Just like the work of Annal­isa Bollini. The Ital­ian illus­tra­tor cre­ates these mixed media scenes that are a com­bi­na­tion of embroi­dery, appliqué , and paper bits. She has exquis­ite line work that’s made with tiny stitches, and I love how it’s a sub­sti­tute for a pen or pencil.

Annal­isa has prints of her work for sale in her Etsy shop. You’ll find brooches there, too.

And… one last that’s apt, espe­cially since it’s Fri­day. Annal­isa gives this sage advice on her web­site: If you don’t know what to do, eat some chocolate!

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Collage, Illustrator, Sculpture

Insanely-Detailed Paper Animal Masks by Mlle Hipolyte

Look at all of these tiny pieces of paper! French illus­tra­tor and paper designer Mlle Hipolyte cre­ated these gor­geous ani­mals masks that are awe-inspiring in their intri­cate details. Seri­ously. Just take a look at the individually-folded pieces of paper lay­ered on top of one another. They build a col­or­ful, tac­tile form that mim­ics fur.

Mlle pro­duces 2D illus­tra­tions, too. Check out their Behance and Face­book for more.


BPB Projects, Collage

It’s over (for Now): More Collage Scrap Exchange Submissions

I can’t believe it! The Col­lage Scrap Exchange is over. Sub­mis­sions were due on March 15, and I’m happy to say that we’ve received so many awe­some col­lages. Seri­ously. I am blown away by the qual­ity and cre­ative­ness that every­one put forth.

Here are more sub­mis­sions I’ve received, and you can see just how var­ied the styles and sub­jects are. Papir­mass and I are going to have a hard time pick­ing a winner!

In addi­tion to this blog, I’m post­ing every sub­mis­sion we’ve received on the Col­lage Scrap Exchange web­site. I aver­age about 20 — 25 entries a day and should fin­ish adding every­thing within the next cou­ple of weeks (we received well over 500).

Par­tic­i­pants, I hope you had fun, and I can’t thank you enough for all the time, energy and enthu­si­asm for this project. If you didn’t get the chance to swap, well, have no fear. I’m def­i­nitely going to do this again (later this year)!

See past sub­mis­sions posts here, here, and here.

Carlotta Speroni

Car­lotta Speroni

Please note: These are merely selec­tion of sub­mis­sions, and their inclu­sion in this post has no impact on the over­all out­come of the #col­lage­con­test with Papirmass.

Collage, Illustrator

Adorable Assemblages Beautifullly Tie Together Disparate Matrials

blanca helgaSpan­ish illus­tra­tor Blanca Helga takes seem­ingly dis­parate mate­ri­als — card­board, painted papers, string, and pack­ag­ing — and assem­bles it all into adorable col­lages. Hansel and Gre­tel, smil­ing horses, col­or­ful drag­ons, and googly-eyed fly­ing crea­tures all make an appear­ance in her work.

I’m a big fan of shapes and how they’re designed, and this aspect is some of my favorite parts of Blanca’s work. I love how she takes oddly-formed card­board and papers piece and trans­forms them into heads and bod­ies. The small bits of string and paper also give me the dis­tinct feel­ing that she’s “paint­ing” with scis­sors (or torn edges).

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The fol­low­ing images are from Blanca’s Self Por­trait Project. Her por­trait fits into a small, neat book that uses trans­paren­cies to layer flow­ers and dif­fer­ent shapes. Very cool!



10 (More) Submissions From the Collage Scrap Exchange

Happy Fri­day, ya’ll! I fig­ured it’s a fine time to post some more Col­lage Scrap Exchange sub­mis­sions. At this point, I’ve received so many (hun­dreds upon hun­dreds!), and not shar­ing at least some felt like a crime. Here are 10 sub­mis­sions! Remem­ber, the extended dead­line is March 15.

Thank you, to every­one, who has sub­mit­ted a col­lage so far. I’m delighted to see all of the cre­ative ways you used your scraps and inter­preted the New Land­scapes theme. While I can’t share all of the images on Brown Paper Bag, all entries will be on dis­play on the Col­lage Scrap Exchange web­site once the dead­line passes.

See past sub­mis­sion posts here and here.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes

Please note: These are merely selec­tion of sub­mis­sions, and their inclu­sion in this post has no impact on the over­all out­come of the #col­lage­con­test with Papir­mass.

Collage, Illustrator

Collages Split Someone’s Head Open with Beautiful Results

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Vin­tage books, mag­a­zines, and post­cards inspire Brazil­ian artist and illus­tra­tor Lau­rindo Feli­ciano. Using these ele­ments, he cre­ates images that are both sur­real and nos­tal­gic. The com­bi­na­tion (and often col­li­sion) of peo­ple, flora, and fauna result in pic­tures that we’ve never seen before.

Laurindo’s arrange­ments are mys­te­ri­ous, beau­ti­ful, and weird, like when he splits open someone’s head to reveal a bou­quet of flow­ers. Stuff like that is what makes pho­to­graphic col­lages great. Pho­tog­ra­phy grounds things in (our) real­ity, but these types of works turn it on its head using simple-but-clever manipulations.

PS! I found Laurindo’s work via the Brown Paper Bag sub­mis­sions page.

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Collage, Illustrator

Turning Flat Pieces of Paper into a Raging Fire

Polly Lindsay

See that rag­ing fire? It’s all con­structed out of paper (although you could prob­a­bly tell that). Polly Lind­say is a London-based illus­tra­tor that uses bright hues in her 3D con­struc­tions. “Most recently I have become fas­ci­nated with paper craft,” she writes on her web­site. “There’s some­thing mag­i­cal in trans­form­ing a flat piece of paper into some­thing tan­gi­ble. I like to use design as a way to inject a bit of fun into peo­ples lives!”

Many of Polly’s works revolve around abstract, geo­met­ric shapes, but most recently she com­pleted a series of GIFs for Mastercard’s Price­less Gallery. Check out Polly’s Tum­blr and Behance pages for more!

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Collage, Illustrator

Colorful Cut-Paper Collages by Chris Hagen


Using a com­bi­na­tion of paint­ing and col­lage, illus­tra­tor Chris Hagen cre­ates vibrant works that high­light the nat­ural beauty of this world. Ani­mals, land­scape scenes, and even some fan­tas­ti­cal things hap­pen in his tex­tured scenes. I’m a huge fan of col­lage and love this tech­nique. Chris painted and drew on pieces of paper and then cut them out and assem­bled them into a flat, folk-inspired com­po­si­tions. See an in-progress shot below! He has even more on his Face­book page.

Chris has an Etsy shop and a Folksy shop where greet­ing cards and prints are avail­able for purchase.

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Happy Holidays! Festive Header Illustration by Hiné Mizushima

Hiné Mizushima

It’s the last new header illus­tra­tion of 2014! If you look at the top of the page, you’ll see part of this fes­tive arrange­ment by crafter Hiné Mizushima. The delight­ful image fea­tures small objects like pep­per­mints, a snow­man, and ever­green trees. This isn’t the first of Hiné’s col­lage pho­tographs that have caught my eye. Camp­ing, New Years, and sci­ence are just some of the other ones she’s made.

I talked to Hiné about her pic­ture in a short interview.

Loca­tion: Van­cou­ver, Canada
Web­sites:, and
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I wanted to be a girls’ Manga artist, really!
Your pro­fes­sion now: Needle-felter / Slow Crafter / Illus­tra­tor / Pup­pet Stop-Motion Ani­ma­tion Video Artist
hine2What’s your favorite thing to make? Octo­pus, squid, slug, etc…
How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process? For minia­ture col­lages, there is usu­ally a theme, so I look for minia­ture items which fit the theme. I look in my minia­ture col­lec­tion boxes and at felt stuff that I have already made. Then if I needed them, I make more hand­made items from felt/fabric/paper/wood, and buy more plastic/wooden minia­ture items from online shops & local stores. At the same time, I choose the back­ground color. And then I com­pose all the items on the back­ground, and pho­to­graph it! It’s much sim­pler than my felt sculp­ture process.

Hiné Mizushima Where do you find all of these delight­fully small objects? Have you always been a col­lec­tor? I’m not a col­lec­tor, but I have always liked small vin­tage things. Ever since I started work­ing on stop-motion video jobs for They Might Be Giants, I have been con­sciously col­lect­ing small things which I might use in videos. I usu­ally find small objects at Japan­ese online shops, or on Etsy, or when I travel. So recently, when I started this kind of illus­tra­tion (minia­ture col­lages), I already had lots of small objects!
Do you have any excit­ing projects on the hori­zon?
Yes! One of them would be a com­mis­sioned adver­tis­ing project for a big non-profit orga­ni­za­tion in US. I have been mak­ing a minia­ture col­lage which I will pho­to­graph. They will use it for posters, web­sites, etc. The other com­mis­sioned project is for a cool mak­ers’ lab/cafe in Tokyo. For that one, I can make a ‘thing’ with some beau­ti­ful recy­cled dried flow­ers that they will pro­vide, and I can use their laser cut­ting machine & 3D printer for mak­ing any­thing I want (I send them my Illus­tra­tor data, they send me back the actual items). Then they will exhibit my fin­ished art­work at their lab. And I just got a new book cover design job yes­ter­day!

Thanks, Hiné!