How to Make Collage Art With Magazine Clippings

Written by charissa struble
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Creating a work of art in an afternoon requires little effort and even fewer resources. Using items that you have lying around, you can select a theme, find subject matter in the magazines that you read most often, and design an intriguing collage that you can hang up in the room of your choice. People will be amazed at your artistic ability once you have made a collage or two. An excellent way to make use of old magazines, collage art is a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening at home.

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Things you need

  • Magazines from all genres, preferably ones with lots of advertisements
  • Glue stick
  • Bottle of Elmer's Glue, clear in colour
  • Modge Podge
  • Sponge tipped painter's brush
  • Coloured markers
  • Black felt tip pen
  • 8-by-10 inch piece of posterboard, cut to size
  • 8-by-10 inch picture frame
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Flat beads, buttons, seashells, photographs and other objects that can be easily glued down
  • Nail
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Select an image or phrase from a magazine and carefully cut it out. Trim the edges and set it aside for later use. Repeat until you have cut out a pile of material to use on the collage.

  2. 2

    Lay out the posterboard in front of you. Arrange the pre-cut words and phrases in a pattern that is appealing. Overlap the images so that none of the posterboard shows.

  3. 3

    Once placed, pick up the images one by one and apply an even coat of glue to the back of them. Place them picture side up on the posterboard. Smooth out the image or phrase with your fingers to prevent wrinkles.

  4. 4

    Cover the entire posterboard with the images of your choice. Add embellishments by applying a thick dollop of Elmer's Glue to the backside of the object. Press the item down firmly on the posterboard. Doodle, draw and write using the coloured markers or felt tip pen.

  5. 5

    Allow everything to dry. Apply a thin coat of Modge Podge over the top of the collage with a sponge tipped painter's brush to seal it and give it a glossy sheen. Allow the piece to sit overnight before framing it.

  6. 6

    Remove the glass and slide the collage into the picture frame. Tighten the screws on the back of the frame so that it will remain shut. Drive a nail into the wall and hang up your new piece of art.

Tips and warnings

  • Souvenirs from your life, including postcards, concert tickets, movie stubs, photographs, postage stamps and drink coasters lay flat and enhance the look of a collage.
  • Catalogues can also be used for inspiration. Cut out the images that you like and put the rest of the book with the magazines to be recycled.
  • Too little glue can cause the edges of the photograph to curl. Sitting a hardback book on top of the collage will prevent this from happening.

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