Collage. From paper work to montage. Creativity the way of life.

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Hello every, is been awhile am back and back for good. How is everyone here hope everyone is sound and hearty?.

Today I came with something that I notice recently almost every body is involved but unknowingly to them. Especially found among children.

Collage is the art of picture making by sticking different objects together on a surface. The objects may not normally be associated with one another but the design sense is what is exploited. For example, when the objects are cut into different Shapes and forms, they are normally arranged on the surface before pasting. This affords the marker an opportunity of moving them here and there, putting them side by side, putting one on top of the other which is superimposing and overlapping them in various ways to see the design they finally create.

Collage could be presented in unified flat piece - example paper collage. It could also be presented in a multi - level composition with interesting composition, colours and textures - collage with scrap materials.

Collage could be very interesting for those who have the feeling that they are not artistically talented. Collage does not involve serious ability for draughtsmanship. It does not involved the acquisition of the skills required in painting or sculpture. All it requires is the ability to create a reasonably well balanced composition from piece of junks, paper, photographs etc. This will not involve actual drawing, painting or sculpture techniques. Objects can be glued, nailed, stapled to the background. In this sense, collage is more of a craft than art perse.

Though collage is less demanding than any other art form, yet it is very challenging. The discipline of the eye gives a person a training of aesthetic awareness.

There are three forms of collage.

• Paper collage - tearing and cutting.

• Collage with scrap materials

• Montage

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There are two two types of paper collage - paper tearing and paper cutting. Paper tearing is a very suitable exercise for children especially when they can not yet handle properly cutting materials. It is also very challenging to the adult to discover how properly he can coordinate the use of his hands.

All the necessary materials required here are coloured papers, paper with textures, coloured Tissue papers, a stout card board or brown paper. If there is no coloured sheets, you can improvise this by dyeing papers with chemical dyes of various colours. More colours could be obtained by intermixing the colours. Brown paper could be improvised with cement bag. You will also need paste pap or cooked cassava starch will do.

Tear paper into various shapes, arrange them on the background. Rearrange several times to see that a good design is achieved. Paste down. The jagged edges of your torn shapes will certainly add more sensitivity to the shapes. Attempt pictorial composition with paper tearing.

Paper cutting is nothing very much different from paper tearing except that the use of tools is introduced. All the tools you need are cutting tools like blade, knife, and a pair of scissors. The same procedures as described above must be followed. This time you can make more elegant shapes as the edges are straighter since cutting aids are introduced.

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Make a collection of different types of objects -packages, rags, bottles tops, wires, metal sheets, wood, plastic, leather materials etc. In the end you will discover that you have a junks of different materials from different sources, of different colours, different shapes, different textures etc. Your tools now will increase. You will need a saw, a hammer, nails, a stapler, a stronger adhesive, a pair of scissors, knife etc. You will also need a stout background, may be a piece of wood or a strong cardboard.

You will now arrange your junks on the background to build a multi - level composition. This will involve cutting, tieing together, binding, stapling, nailing etc. Because different materials will respond to different techniques of fixing. Pay particular attention to the composition and the textural effects. Colours and tones should also received your attention. In the end you will discover that a wonderful composition has emerge. Older artists had exploited this to the amazement of the world in the past.

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This involves the technique of paper tearing and cutting but the result is different. It is more purposeful than the two techniques. This techniques involves the use of photographs and pictures from different sources to evolve a composition. The end product will either result in a fantasy or if The maker is very skilled, it may even create an illusion by its real - to life appearance. Pictures are cut from different sources - photographs, picture form from magazines etc. They are now mounted together to form a composition. The mounting entailed is where the name originated. If done skillfully and with imagination, a common labourer can appear in a gorgeous dress sitting among noble men. Mischievous press photographers have used these to create confusions in the public. But by and large, it is a very interesting exercise.

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