Take Charge - Four of a Kind - Collage

Step 1: Choose a shape

 

Choose a shape

 

  • Choose one of the shapes from the selection above and print off in the 3 sizes available. These templates are available on the downloadable PDF.

Step 2: Select your four papers

  • You will need a variety of different papers for this activity to select from
  • Look around and see what interests you. You can find interesting patterns in newspapers or magazines as well as pictures and text; you can recycle coloured wrapping paper, wallpaper and greetings cards, etc. and you can combine these with craft papers if you wish
  • When you have gathered your materials, choose four different types of paper for your collage

 

Step 3: Create positive and negative shapes

 

Negative and positive shapes

 

  • Drawing round your chosen shape in the three sizes and cutting out carefully you’ll find that you have one positive shape - the shape you have cut out - and one negative shape - the space left in the paper you have cut the shape from
  • For this activity cut three shapes out in various sizes and also create one ‘negative space’ shape so you have four pieces in total from your four different papers

 

Tip:

It is most effective to use contrasting colours and textures and using some ripped edges often looks good too, as you can see in our example below.

Contrasting colours and textures

 

Step 4: Arrange your design

 

Arrange your design

  • Create a composition by laying out the shapes you have prepared on a piece of coloured card, cartridge paper (Note: the colour of the card will be part of your design so try out different coloured backgrounds if you can)
  • Arrange your shapes, overlapping them until you create a pleasing composition. The above image shows different compositions (layouts) using the same elements (shapes)
  • When you are happy with your design, glue the shapes down using a glue stick or thinly applied PVA glue
  • When you have done this you’ll have a finished collage

Step 5: Create an abstract artwork

Viewfinder

 

  • The last stage of this activity is to create an abstract design from your collage, using a viewfinder
  • A viewfinder is simply a piece of card with a square or rectangle cut from it that allows you to select your preferred area of the design
  • Print off one of the viewfinder templates or cut your own from a piece of card, (cereal box card is fine although dark coloured card will show your design off best) The templates are available as part of the 'Four of a Kind' downloadable PDF
  • When your viewfinder is ready, place it over your finished collage and move it around until you find a composition you like. This will be an abstract design as not all of each of the shapes is now visible.  See below

 

Viewfinder example

Abstract artwork example gallery:

See our gallery of examples below.
 
 

 

 

 

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