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We can be the ones who can create anything, almost everything that really can be stunning, incredible and appealing to the eyes of others. The only thing that is needed is to get inspiration, to be imaginative, and to start thinking artistically. Other things may be the materials that are used to make art works. A collage is one of the most of art works may request quite many materials to create it. Therefore, why not to make something that nobody among your friends or colleagues have, a collage can be something unique and staggering and then have it in your house, in your room as a decoration.

What Is a Collage?

Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

A collage may sometimes include newspaper clipping, ribbons, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty. A collage can even be made with physical materials or electronic images, attaching them to a digital background. Originating from the French word “coller”, meaning, “to glue”, the collage allows you to experiment with a wide range of materials to achieve amazing results. Collages can be flat. You can use different kinds of paper in a flat collage, like tissue paper or tin foil. Collages can be made from 3D objects, too. This kind of art is called a collage in relief. The objects on a collage can be glued, nailed, stapled, or sewn down. A collage is fun because you can make one out of almost anything! Finding things for a collage is like going on a treasure hunt.
Most people think of paper when they think of collages. The Chinese invented paper around 200 B.C., but they did not invent this art form. Collage started in 12th century Japan. Calligraphers glued bits of paper and fabric together. Then, they used the rough surface for their beautiful characters. Medieval artists glued gems, relics, and gold to their work. Nuns made bookmarks trimmed with colored papers for their prayer books. Some collectors made beautiful butterfly wing collages.

Robert Rauschenberg's Collage

Robert Rauschenberg’s Collage

This type of collage is referred to as assemblage or combine and involves combining objects not normally used as art materials, on painted canvas surfaces. If you look carefully at the image above by American artist Robert Rauschenberg, you will notice pieces of cloth, newspapers, and even a flattened umbrella.

Now it is your turn to look around your environment, and think about what you might like to combine on a canvas.


  • canvas board
  • white glue
  • items to use in your collage
  • paint (optional)


Canvas boards are an ideal surface to make this collage on. They can be found in dollar stores and are hard enough to withstand quite a bit of weight, depending on what you are using in your collage. Assemble all the items you would like to use and play around with them on your canvas. Once you are happy with the layout, you can glue them on. If you are using paint, it can be added at any point during this process.

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