How to Make your own Collage Art Papers

Making your own collage paper is super easy and fun. It's also a great way to experiment with a wide variety of mediums and to play with different moods. There are literally no rules, anything goes! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Handmade Collage Papers

Making Collage Papers with Watercolors

This first 3 minute video is the simplest way to go.

It requires only watercolor paper (90lb watercolor or mixed-media paper works best) and a few things to stamp textures onto the surface (think cardboard and bubble wrap).

Optionally you can add in a bit of craft paints, but you’ll do fine without them. You can of course throw just about anything at this and as long as it sticks to the page, you’ll get great results.

Making Collage Papers with Old Coloring Book Pages

This second method requires more supplies, but most of them are optional so just go with whatever you have. This video is only one minute (you got a minute, right?)

I love the idea of starting with a coloring book page. Right off your paper will have texture as it peeks through the paint.

Recommended Supplies

  • Watercolor paper or Mixed Media Paper (nothing too heavy)
  • An Old Coloring Book
  • Watercolors and/or Craft Paints
  • Stuff to create Texture
  • Washi Tape
  • Ephemera
  • Mark Makers
  • Stamps
  • Stencils
  • Paint Brushes
  • Adhesives

Creative Tips

PREPARE TO BE MESSY: I always like to start with making a mess. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you get it down on paper.

DO NOT JUDGE: I don’t usually like the papers right off, but I find that once I cut or tear the pages and glue them into my journal, I love the results.

BE YOU: What you’re really creating is texture, color and marks that are uniquely you. And when you use these in your Visual Art Journal or other creative works, you will be amazed

HAVE FUN: I always say that if I’m not having fun I must not be doing it right! Then again there is no right or wrong way to do this.

Some of my finished pages:

In the above image I matched up one of my collage papers with an existing page in an altered book I was working in. To make them go together even better, I added the turquoise dots to the page on the right.

On the page above, I added some magazine images with a few torn pages from my freshly made collage paper collection. The original collage papers where sort of ugly, but when I put it all together, they really worked.

I was really struggling to make the page above work out, but after adding in a couple of torn, painted coloring book pages, I was pretty happy. It’s really amazing how these little messy gems can make a page pop!

Share Your Creations!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with, Please share your creations on our Private Facebook Group – DON’T KEEP ME IN SUSPENSE! LOL!

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