How to make paper collage art

Updated April 17, 2017

Professional artists, children and other creative people have created beautiful works of art by piecing together materials to form a united image, a collage. The word "collage" is derived from the French word "coller," which means to glue or paste. Collage art consists of various materials such as fabric, wood or paper glued on a surface. Paper collages are colourful and easy to make. You can find most, if not all, of the supplies needed to create paper collage art in your home, such as old newspaper, magazines, flyers and construction paper.

Spread newspaper over a table or your work area to protect the surface from splattered glue. Sit all of your supplies within reaching distance on the table.

Search through colourful pictures inside your magazines. You can choose a personal theme such as flower gardens, fruits and vegetables, hobbies, or people. Cut out the images and arrange them on your illustration board in an interesting pattern of your choice. Play with the images by moving them around until the position feels right to you. Leave some spaces between the images to add colour and decorative beads later.

Spread glue to the back of each piece of magazine paper with a glue stick or white glue and a paintbrush. Stick the images in the pre-arranged position on your board. Smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles in the paper and wipe off the excess glue with a paper towel.

Allow the paper collage to dry completely.

Add different colours between the spaces of the magazine images using paints and a brush. You may want to use colours that create a contrast between the pictures so the collage really stands out on a wall or desk.

Glue a few craft beads within some of the open spaces surrounding the magazine images for a 3-D effect if you wish, and allow the beads to dry.

Seal your magazine paper collage by pouring white glue onto a paper plate. Dip a paintbrush into the glue and paint a thin coat of glue over the images and beads. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly for a d´┐Żcoupage effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Colourful magazines with varied images
  • White glue or glue stick
  • Paintbrush
  • Paints
  • Beads
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Illustration board or other heavy support
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plate
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Since 2007, Jophiel Aurora has written articles on environmental issues, vegetarianism, travel and animal rights for Web sites like eHow, Answerbag and LIVESTRONG.COM. Aurora is also a writer for Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants, an online program. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in computer information systems from Georgia State University.