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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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BPB Projects

13 Submissions from the Collage Scrap Exchange (Pt. 2)

Each day, I receive more and more sub­mis­sions from those who par­tic­i­pated in the Col­lage Scrap Exchange. It’s great! I am always so excited to see the cre­ative things that ya’ll came up with (and sent each other!). Here are a selec­tion of 13 I’ve received so far. Check out my other ear­lier post that fea­tures 6 submissions.

A reminder to those who are par­tic­i­pat­ing: the dead­line is Feb­ru­ary 15. That’s less than a month! You can email me your sub­mis­sions once you’re done. I can’t wait to see them!

I’ll leave you with one very awe­some email I received from par­tic­i­pant Beth Maiden about her experience.

My friend Polly and I booked a teeny-tiny cabin in the hills of mid-Wales for the week­end — I thought this would be the per­fect time to do my col­lage. It snowed and we woke up to a total win­tery won­der­land. We went out in the snow for long walk, then came home, stoked up the fire, put on the radio and got busy with scis­sors and glue. It was so blissful.

That sounds amazing!

Collages by Polly

Col­lages by Polly

Polly working on her collages!

Polly work­ing on her collages!

Lately & Liked

10 Books for the Illustration Lover on Your Gift List

1. The Who the What and the When by Julia Roth­man, Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothethewho-book

It’s prob­a­bly time you started your hol­i­day shop­ping (I’m writ­ing this as a reminder to myself…), and if you have an illustration-lover on your list, I’ve put together a short list of sug­ges­tions. Some books were recently released while oth­ers have been out for some time. I’ve included infor­ma­tive draw­ings, inspir­ing tales, graphic nov­els, and even a children’s book! So, this short list runs the gamut.

Do you have an illustration(ish) book you’re pin­ing over? Or, one you love? Let me know on Twit­ter or Face­book!


2. Fifty Years of Illus­tra­tion by Lawrence Zee­gen and Car­o­line Roberts

3. Play­ing with Sketches by Whit­ney Sherman

4. Col­lage: Con­tem­po­rary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Trans­form by Danielle Krysa (AKA The Jeal­ous Cura­tor)

5. 120 Ways to Annoy Your Mother (And Influ­ence Peo­ple) by Ana Benaroya

6. Nobrow Issue No. 9 (a dou­ble issue!)
Sadly, this is out of stock on their web­site, but you can prob­a­bly find it at your favorite inde­pen­dant book­store!

7. Draw­ing is Magic by John Hen­drix

8. This One Sum­mer by Mariko Tamaki and Jil­lian Tamaki (illus­tra­tor)

Cur­rently read­ing this one. Great so far!

9. Aste­r­ios Polyp by David Maz­zuc­chelli
This is an old-y, but a good-y. Absolutely one of my favorite (if not my favorite!) graphic nov­els; it’s a poignant, beautifully-drawn, and multi-facted story. Excuse me while I go and read it for the umpeenth time.

10. Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag: 31 Objects from Cooper Hewitt, Smith­son­ian Design Museum by Maira Kalman


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!