Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Alternative Papers for Collage & Mixed Media

Mixed media is one of my favorite ways to create. It's such complete freedom to use whatever you have available. Collage tends to be a big part of my projects, and I've been having fun rescuing various bits and pieces from the recycling bin. 

The word "collage" tends to bring to mind a piece made with newspapers, scrapbooking paper, book pages, or magazines. And those are all great materials to work with, but there are so many other paper-based materials that can easily be incorporated into an art piece.

Tissue paper is a great option, since it's so thin that it blends well into a painting. It comes in a huge array of colors, and prints are also available. This one is from a pair of shoes I bought, and will add a nice background pattern to a piece: