We asked Laura to set a collage challenge, with some pointers for ea sing yourself into the wonderful world of scissors, paper and glue.
Laura says: Find a magazine. Open it randomly and make something inspired by just that one page. You have 15 minutes to create something brand new! Time constraints and parameters like this often help to simply get the process started. Try it and you’ll see just how addictive collage is!
A word or two on… MATERIALS When I first started, I looked through magazines and photocopied pages I liked so I could play around with them without fear of ‘messing it up’. It’s a good way to create a safety net as you can always photocopy the page again. Really embrace playing around. Also, get your hands on some scrap paper and make marks on it with whatever you have to hand – a felt tip, a crayon, a biro… Cut it up, scan it in, layer and texture it, paint over it… What often stops people is the thought of making something final, but we’re just making for fun. That’s what’s so great about collage – if you don’t think you can draw, it’s easy to ‘ draw’ with printed paper instead.
A word or two on… COMPOSITION Simply do what looks right to you. I used to make quite busy and layered pieces but now I try to be quite minimal. There are no rules – if you think it looks good, it does look good! Don’t let things like ‘the rule of thirds’ or keeping everything centred stop you. The most interesting work often comes from completely disregarding all that perceived wisdom. See Laura’s four visual answers to this challenge, right, for some inspiration to get you started.