Most works of art from department stores are not exclusive items. They are made on a factory assembly line, and countless others will have the same ones. Unique pieces are difficult to find, especially at a reasonable price, but you do not have to buy them. Save time and money by making a collage using pictures from a magazine. You can create a one-of-a-kind work of wall art, and without possessing artistic talent. Time is all that it takes to cut, trace and glue the individual pieces into place. However, the following collage is much better than those made in elementary school. You will end up with a one-of-a-kind piece that is sure to impress.
To make a collage using paper cutouts you will need at least one magazine that contains photos and/or graphics of your choice, sharp pointed scissors, Aleene’s brand craft glue, spray-on adhesive, a sharp pencil, acrylic craft paint, a paintbrush, sheets of 1 mm craft foam in colors of your choice, and a stretch canvas. You will also need plenty of time. The project must be completed in steps, and it will take at least 24 hours before it can be displayed.
Begin by cutting out pictures from a magazine or multiple magazines to fully cover the front of the stretched canvas. When planning the number of pictures needed for a collage, keep in mind that they will overlap by about one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch.
Before doing anything else, paint the sides and the edges of the stretched canvas. The paint will create a border for the graphics. You do not have to paint the entire canvas. Two to three inches around the front edges should suffice.
While the paint is drying, trace the cutouts on the sheets of colored craft foam. Select the colors according to the hues in the graphics. Cut out the craft foam shapes, and keep the pairs together to avoid having to search when it comes time to assemble the collage.
After tracing and cutting out all of the craft foam shapes, apply spray-on adhesive, and press the paper into place on the foam. The adhesive will dry fairly fast. After it dries, use a pair of sharp scissor to trim away any overlapping areas. The paper and foam must match up.
Once all of the magazine pictures have been attached to the craft foam cutouts, begin arranging them on the canvas. After coming up with a preliminary design, spread a very thin layer of Aleene’s brand craft glue onto the backs of the foam pieces and start gluing them into place. Allow the collage to dry for at least 24 hours before hanging it on a wall or displaying it in an upright position.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience