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Collage, How To

Behind the Scenes: Creating a Self Portrait of Cut Paper

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Tumblr, you might’ve noticed that I changed my avatar. After years of it being the same cut paper selfie, I finally updated my picture with another collaged portrait. The timing was intentional—I’m headed to ICON9 in a couple of weeks and wanted the image for new business cards.

While working, I recorded video of me working and combined some of the clips into a 4-minute long compilation. It’s not everything I did when make creating this portrait, but it gives you a good idea of my process.

For tools, I use:

As far as paper goes, I gather from a lot of places. Kraft paper, watercolor paintings, construction paper, magazines… it all goes in my giant collection.

If you have any questions about collage or my construction techniques, let me know! I’d be happy to answer them.

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Collage

Cut Paper Portraits Illustrate Our Connectedness with the World at Large

Molly Costello cut paper

Illustrator Molly Costello crafts compelling portraiture from cut paper. The exquisite compositions—powerful in their simplicity—are informed by her years “working on urban youth programming around sustainability and social injustice,” reflecting the themes she encountered during that time: community, struggle, love, and more. “Through my work I focus on ideas of connectedness,” she writes, “connectedness with our whole selves, with each other, our communities, its systems, the natural world, and the energy and divine of our universe at large.”

Molly sells prints of her work on Etsy!

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello

Collage, Illustrator

Beautifully Arranged Paper Collages Offer a Curious Look at the Natural World

Chia-Chi Yu

Collage will always be a technique that’s near and dear to my heart, because it’s my chosen way of (art) working. Creating in the same vein is Chia-Chi Yu, a Taipei-based illustrator who uses a myriad of textured papers to create stunning landscapes and feathery friends. I love how the papers are paired, which gives the compositions a sense of structure while also distorting them. The slightly-abstract results are curious and marvelous places—just like the real world.

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Chia-Chi Yu

Collage, Illustrator

Lusciously-Textured Collages Inspired by Modern Artwork and Vintage Fashion

After Klimt

After Klimt

Alice Lindstrom creates cut-paper collages that are packed with luscious colors and textures. (I can’t help but be reminded of Eric Carle’s work.) One of my favorite of her series is The Pushpin Ladies, which is inspired by her love for “Modern art movements and vintage fabric and fashion design.”

She continues:

The project started when I was browsing in a local vintage boutique named Pushpin Boutique and was struck by the overlap between the dresses displayed in the store and modern art movements.  I decided to take the design of an existing dress from the boutique and match the design to a world inspired by a famous painting. The finished collages were then displayed at the boutique, beside the dresses that had originally inspired them.

After Matisse

After Rosseau

After Rosseau

After Miro

After Miro

After Leger

After Leger

After Braque

After Braque

I’m a big fan of her sketchbook, too:

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Alice Lindstrom

Alice Lindstrom

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Alice Lindstrom

Collage

Naturalistic Collages Celebrate the Little Things in Our World

Adrienne Slane

I’m fascinated by the amount of little things that there are in the world. Going to overstuffed antique malls and examining all the small objects crammed onto the shelves is enthralling: people have amassed collections of buttons, figurines, flags, postcards, and much, much more, and I love to see how these objects are grouped together. I feel the same way when I look at collages by Adrienne Slane, an Ohio-based artist whose intricate pieces are careful gathering of images. Her diverse imagery includes shells, wildlife, fruit, and fungi, with sources ranging from the 1500s to mid-1900s. The disparate elements come together in a pleasing compositions.

“My work celebrates the beauty and interconnectivity of the universe in a time when our environment is in crisis,” she writes in her artist statement. “It draws its imagery from a wealth of illustrations that encouraged exploration, wonder, and appreciation of nature in decades past.”

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BPB Projects, Collage, My Studio

My Studio: A New Collage Self-Portrait for Skillshare!

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A couple of weeks ago, I launched a class on the online learning site, Skillshare. It’s called Paper Art: Create a Cut Paper Self-Portrait, and it demonstrates how to make a fun collaged picture of YOU! I take you from start to finish: the sketch phase to paper selection to the final portrait. Throughout the videos (which, collectively, are about 20 minutes long), I use this example:

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It’s a couple of years old at this point and outdated—now, I have super short hair, am sans Monroe piercing, and I don’t wear glasses (all the time) anymore. So, for the class, I decided to make a brand new self portrait to share with the students. (PS: you can enroll anytime! Please do.)

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Here’s my collage self portrait that’s currently in progress. I have a reference photo, sketch, and a bunch of painted papers that I’m using for my skin, eyes, hair, and clothing. I plan to have the entire thing finished this week. I’ll post it on class’ project page once I’m done.

Part of my paper stash.

Part of my paper stash.

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Want in on the fun? Join me!

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

Mlle Hipolyte

Photo credit: La Photographerie

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.

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Photo credit: La Photographerie

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Photo credit: La Photographerie

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Photo credit: La Photographerie

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Photo credit: La Photographerie

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Photo credit: La Photographerie

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Photo credit: La Photographerie

 

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.